The Digital Governance Design Studio is an initiative of the Duke Center on Law and Tech. We help communities build trustworthy relationships with the technology they depend on.

We empower law students and lawyers to help "technology second" organizations adapt to a digitizing world.

Our hypothesis: beneath the headline-grabbing stories about big tech, there is an urgent demand from organizations and communities who don't consider themselves "technology first"—health networks, legal aid providers, local governments, civil society partners, and more—for help navigating and governing complex data and technology issues. Future lawyers must meet this need, no matter their practice area.


DGDS incubates experiential, interdisciplinary projects that bridge the gap between academia and practice.

We collaborate with outside partners to research, develop, and evaluate trustworthy digital governance. We support the next generation of data stewards through experiential classes and training materials. And we develop tools and infrastructure to help communities navigate the uncertainties of a digitizing world.


Data governance class: health networks We design practicum classes on data governance. Our inaugural course will focus on health data governance, and will match groups of students with partner health networks to solve digital governance challenges.

Evaluating governance We’re building tools and frameworks for evaluating and improving digital governance initiatives.

Causeway We’re building infrastructure to help preserve the public purpose of digital projects.


Keith Porcaro, Director