The Centre for Emerging Technology and Security (CETaS) is a policy research centre based at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

The Centre's mission is to inform UK security policy through evidence-based, interdisciplinary research on emerging technology issues.

What we do 

CETaS conducts policy-focused research and analysis on topics related to data science, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and privacy technology, engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders across government, academia and the private sector.

The Centre’s objectives are to: 

  • Deliver and commission world-leading, cutting-edge research on emerging technology and national security issues.
  • Develop a cross-disciplinary network of stakeholders from across the UK national security and technology community (and internationally).
  • Directly support the UK national security community to maximise the opportunities of emerging technologies in a responsible and evidence-based way.

Who we are

We are a team of researchers, technologists, former policymakers and practitioners with multidisciplinary expertise in fields such as data science, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, criminology, law and ethics. We aim to provide independent research and analysis to the UK security community, to advise on the risks and opportunities presented by emerging technology, and make recommendations for future policy.



CETaS is based at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Turing collaborates with universities, businesses, public and third sector organisations to undertake an ambitious programme of research which tackles some of the biggest challenges in science, society and the economy.

CETaS is a non-profit, non-political research centre. All publications undergo a formal peer review and editorial process, to ensure the validity, integrity and independence of research findings. All views expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Alan Turing Institute or any other organisation.

The Centre is supported by an expert Steering Committee of policymakers and practitioners, who advise on areas of focus for future research, helping to ensure that CETaS is addressing the most pressing challenges for UK security. The Steering Committee serves an advisory, rather than decision-making or editorial function.