What we do
NEXT Institute for Technology & Law offers online courses and explainers about the extraordinary technologies that are shaping our future – placing them in legal context.
NEXT Institute offers the building blocks that enable you to form your own opinion. We also help you connect the dots between disciplines – with a focus on technology and law.
Aiming for responsible technologies.
Why we do it
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 for Technology & Law ultimately aims to make technologies more humane and technology companies accountable. We think understanding them is the first step.
Who we are
NEXT Institute for Technology & Law 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 technologies. I now work with people all over the world that want to work towards responsible technology. These are mostly digital nomads. We will be partnering with colleges and universities.”
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