Chair of Public Policy, Governance and Innovative Technology

Prof. Dr. Urs Gasser

Office: B.458

Phone: +49 (0) 89/ 907793 - 270



Prof. Dr. Urs Gasser is Professor of Public Policy, Governance and Innovative Technology and serves as Rector of the Hochschule für Politik (HfP) and Dean of the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology. His research focuses on the societal and regulatory implications of new technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and quantum technology.

Before joining TUM, he was Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University from 2009 to 2021 and Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School since 2013. From 2005 to 2008, he held a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship at the University of St. Gallen while also serving as Director of the Research Center for Information Law (FIR-HSG). With a Landon H. Gammon Fellowship, Prof. Gasser previously graduated with an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, after completing his PhD at the University of St. Gallen.

In addition to his responsibilities at TUM, he serves as an advisor to the World Economic Forum, the OECD, and UNICEF, among others, and was as a member of the German Federal Government's Digital Council under the leadership of Dr. Angela Merkel. He is currently a member of the Colombian President's Commission of Experts on AI. He was also a Visiting Professor at KEIO University Japan, Singapore Management University, and the University of Zurich, among others.


“The Connected Parent” (Basic Books 2020, with John Palfrey)

Remembering and Forgetting in the Digital Age (Springer, 2018, Co-Editor)

Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics (Cambridge University Press, 2018, Co-Editor)

“Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008 and 2016, with John Palfrey),

“Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems” (Basic Books, 2012, with John Palfrey)