From its original purely industrial base, the association has become more user-centric and more focussed on ‘trust in digital life’, putting an equal emphasis on the role of industry, knowledge institutes and SMEs.

Among the key focus drivers of TDL is keeping abreast of emerging technologies, solutions, services and products from both a technical and a business perspective.

TDL's research interests are in the following topics

  • 5G / 6G / 7G
  • Cybersecurity including certification
  • Data protection and privacy as well as data sharing and governance
  • Digital identities, wallets and verifiable credentials
  • Emerging technologies – aspects of AI, virtual worlds / metaverses, quantum etc
  • Smart cities

To pursue these interests, TDL organises or participates in the following activities:


From February 2019 to December 2022, TDL was a beneficiary in the 43 partner large scale pilot project, CyberSec4Europe. TDL was responsible for the dissemination, communication and exploitation work package which included:

  • managing the project website and social media accounts,
  • reporting on summer school involvement,
  • tracking partner scientific publications,
  • reports on the cybersecurity issues pertaining to supply chains, particularly from an SME perspective
  • a series of reports analysing the current public and private initiatives to raise cybersecurity awareness amongst SMEs as well as proposals for the future
  • an extensive exploitation and innovation programme
  • a series of policy recommendations
  • a series of weekly blogs which were collected at the end of the project into a book, also available as a PDF download.

TDL was also responsible for managing the demonstration application area associated with Open Banking, including the wide-ranging roadmap reports.


Following the completion of the funding for the CyberSec4Europe project, one of the post-project initiatives is EU-CHECK (European Community Hub of Expertise in Cybersecurity Knowledge), sponsored for five years by CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and involving numerous representative organisations from CyberSec4Europe, including TDL, as well as the other pilots (SPARTA, CONCORDIA and ECHO).

More information can be found here.