Reinhard Messerschmidt has been a research analyst for digitalization at the WBGU office since 2017. As an interdisciplinary social scientist, he deals primarily with topics at the interface between computer science and society, in particular digitalization-related ethics and technology assessment. His doctorate in philosophy at the University of Cologne is defended and will be completed with the publication in 2018. Prior to that, he was a research associate in the team of the President at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences (2016-2017), at the Cologne Center for eHumanities (2015-2016) and in the Computational Social Science department at GESIS (2012-2014). Following his studies of sociology, philosophy and political science (2002-2008) at the University of Rostock, he was granted a scholarship from the European Doctoral School of Demography at INED Paris (2008-2009) and the a. r. t. e. s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne (2009-2012).