The CRIDS was established in 2010 at the University of Namur through the merging of three existing research centres in social sciences and information technology: the CRID (Computer Law Research Centre, founded in 1979), the CITA (Interdisciplinary Technology Assessment Centre, founded in 1988) and the GRICI (Interdisciplinary Communication and Internet Research Group, founded in 2008). With more than 45 researchers, the CRIDS has added a multidisciplinary perspective to the renowned expertise of its three founding centres.
The CRIDS addresses the many faces of the information society, guided by three principles:
- An interdisciplinary and rigorous research: research at the CRIDS aims at mixing the approach and expertise of various disciplines.
- Practical and responsible knowledge: the expertise of the CRIDS is firmly based on the issues and challenges of society, and stems from researchers who are fully aware of their specific position and the consequences of their work.
- A democratic development of the information society: in all issues raised by the digital age, the CRIDS promotes fundamental rights and democratic values that should be conveyed by the technologies and tools of the information society.