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Seeking real-world solutions

IDE examines the benefits and opportunities from advances in technology and digitization in economies, societies, and lives. Our research and dissemination aim to advance knowledge and help businesses, governments and individuals adapt to a world in transformation.  Our work is made possible by the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporations.

If your company is interested in joining our Corporate Membership Program, please contact Christie Ko (

If you are an individual or represent a foundation, and are interested in learning more about supporting the IDE, please contact David Verrill (


Download the 2017 Annual Report.

Download the 2016 Annual Report.

Download the 2015 Annual Report.

The year 2017 was one of epic disruption, with AI, platforms, blockchain, and fake news all posing new challenges that will shape the digital economy for years and decades to come. Digital technologies are driving unprecedented change, disruption, and opportunity in business, the economy, and society. As the pace of change accelerates, it’s imperative that humans examine the most pressing question of our time: How do we thrive in a period of profound digital transformation? 

The mission of the IDE is rooted in positive action. We believe there is remarkable opportunity for humans to thrive and prosper in the digital age. While our research is academic in its approach, our charter is to understand, inform, and pragmatically solve real-world challenges based on facts and causality.

Download the 2017 Annual Report.

We owe sincere appreciation and gratitude for the support of the individuals, corporations and foundations listed here. Together we are ensuring that everyone enjoys the bounty of the Digital Economy.


Ford Foundation 
Hitachi Foundation
Joyce Foundation 
Markle Foundation 
NASDAQ Foundation 
Rockefeller Foundation



Founding Member


Corporate Members

AI in gov
Boston Globe
Capgemini Consulting
Dell EMC
Deloitte Digital
EMD Serono
Futurwei Technologies
ING Group
Nomura Research Institute
Northwestern Mutual
Philips Lighting
Prudential Insurance
Schneider Electric
Suruga Bank
TDF Ventures



Wesley Chan
Steven Denning
Joseph Eastin
Brad Feld & Amy Batchelor
Media 2050
David Morganthaler
Joel Ornstein
Thomson Reuters
Eric & Wendy Schmidt 
Opera Solutions

Collaboration and support are critical to the continued success of IDE

Additional funding will enable our plans for a new wave of faculty hiring, curriculum development, outreach, and fellowships. Our supporters also fuel new cutting-edge research by our faculty and graduate students. To learn how you can join our community of stakeholders and support the mission of IDE, contact: 

David Verrill
Executive Director
MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
MIT Sloan School of Management
245 First Street, Room E94-1521
Cambridge, MA 02142