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We’re at crossroads. The laws that determine the role of technology in our future are being drafted right now.
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What we do

Complex technologies are permeating all aspects of our lives. They are mostly unchecked and unregulated. The current legal framework is simply not equipped to tackle the challenges we are about to face.

For many concepts, there aren’t even universally accepted definitions to describe them. Furthermore, nimble technology companies will always outpace the legislation that is meant to control them.

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To legislate the digital world, we need to understand the underlying technologies. How else can we regulate concepts that don’t even have a name? The answer is as simple as it is disturbing: we cannot.

NEXT Institute explains the technologies that are shaping our future. We simplify technology. The courses also highlight the painful dilemmas we’ll have to mitigate in the near future.

Why we do it

AIMING FOR HUMANE TECHNOLOGIES

NEXT Institute was born out of concern. The digital renaissance has disrupted the system to the extent that it no longer seems manageable. Technology has become one of the pillars of power, but it remains mostly unchecked. Some of the apps and products that these technologies have spawn are polarizing society, almost to the breaking point.

The good news is, it is not too late to set some boundaries. Yet, if we want to have a say in our future, we better start learning the language. NEXT Institute is there to help you do so, by demystifying technological concepts and related phenonema, and placing them in legal context.

NEXT Institute ultimately aims to make technologies more humane and technology companies accountable. We think understanding them is the first step.

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Who we are

NEXT Institute is an initiative of Marie-Claire Aarts. She is a Dutch lawyer who won several innovation awards for connecting the dots between technology and law, among which the prestigious Accenture Innovation Award.

“Many people told me they are feeling powerless in the face of the current state of the world. I felt the same. It was all so complex, unpredictable. Not knowing what expect feels very unsafe. To discover the method to the madness, I started to deconstruct the phenomena I didn’t understand. One by one.

NEXT Institute is the result of that process. It helped that I am a lawyer, studied logical theories and have a knack for technology. I now work with people all over the world, mostly digital nomads, and will be partnering with colleges and universities.

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