All posts filed under: Digital Rights

The Books I Read in 2015

Books / Digital Rights
Covers of some of the books I've read in 2015

At the end of each year I list the books that I have read during that year. Earlier years were 2012, 2013 and 2014. Below you will find the list of books that I’ve read in 2015. Like last year I have also included my other media consumption (podcasts, RSS feeds and magazines). My goal was to read 50 books of which at least half would be written by women and half by non-American authors. […]

The Books I Read in 2014

Books / Digital Rights

At the end of each year I try to list the books that I’ve read during that year. I’ve done this in 2012 and in 2013. Below you’ll find the list of books that I’ve read in 2014. This year I’ve also added the other media that I regularly consume: what magazines and newspapers do I read, what are some notable RSS feeds that look at and what podcasts have been on my playlist? I’ve […]

Wrestling with Godwin’s Law: Breaking the Taboo

Digital Rights / Other
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On May 5th, 2014, I delivered the inaugural annual Godwin-lecture at the Dutch Resistance museum in Amsterdam. May 5th is liberation day, a day on which the Dutch celebrate freedom. An ideal moment to use the past, in particular the Second Worldwar, to reflect on the our current state of freedom. Below, in Dutch, the full lecture as I delivered it. For a slightly shorter version (edited for legibility) check out De Correspondent. Comments are […]

The Books I Read in 2013

Books / Digital Rights / Learning

Just like last year I decided to publish an overview of the books that I’ve read during the year. This year I managed to read 48 books (I am really missing my daily commute, don’t believe the 47 in the picture above) which I’ve put in the following categories: Philosophy Mcluhan’s Understanding Media is the single most important book on technology that I’ve ever read. His probes are all-encompassing and still very relevant 50 years […]

A Personal Transfer: From Shell International to Bits of Freedom

Digital Rights

About 4.5 years ago I wrote about me going to work for Shell. Now I am changing employer again. Starting today I will be the director of Bits of Freedom, a Dutch organization focusing on privacy and freedom of communication in the digital age. I’ve had a wonderful time at Shell: a steep learning curve, many opportunities for doing interesting projects in the learning technology and disruptive innovation fields, smart colleagues and enough scale and […]

The Future of Digital Identity

Digital Rights

Just now I attended an event organized by the Club of Amsterdam (“Shaping Your Future in the Knowledge Society”) about the Future of Digital Identity at After getting a badge and being photographed without my consent I could enter. There were three speakers, below my notes. Can you be in control of your online identity? Michael Hagen talked to us about IDchecker. His talk was framed as follows: Nowadays we can’t imagine a world without Internet […]

Behind the Scenes of the Internet: Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev

Digital Rights / Open

This week I was in the fortunate position to be able to attend a five day workshop at de Waag in Amsterdam. Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev hosted Behind The Scenes of the Internet. The workshop opened with a presentation on the influence of engineering on society. Julian and Danja refer to themselves as critical engineers and have a clear understanding of the deep influence of technology on how we relate to each other (“Look […]

Brewster Kahle on “Universal Access to All Knowledge”

Digital Rights / Innovation

This afternoon I attended a session at in Amsterdam with Brewster Kahle who wants to create “Universal Access to All Knowledge”. He has founded The Internet Archive, a non-profit library with about 150 people. It is best known for its Wayback Machine (collecting about 5 billion web pages a month, amazingly still fitting in a container). They are convinced that it is feasible to store all the world’s knowledge. Texts are being digitized (i.e. scanned) […]

Panopticon and Why You Should Care About Your Privacy

Digital Rights

Last night I watched the Dutch documentary Panopticon which explores our privacy in the Netherlands. Peter Vlemmix made an excellent film. Do take your time to watch it below or directly on Vimeo: Vlemmix deftly shows that many people in the Netherlands think they have “nothing to hide”, while living in a society which is increasing the level of control and eroding their privacy. Even though I follow this topic actively, the film still managed […]

Privacy at Ars Electronica 2012

Articles / Digital Rights

I attended Ars Electronica this year and noticed their was a lot of art about privacy. I’ve written a Dutch blog post for the civil rights activists Bits of Freedom about these art works. You can read it below or find the original here. Ieder jaar wordt in Linz (Oostenrijk) Ars Electronica Festival for Art, Technology and Society gehouden. Dit jaar barstte het festival van de privacy gerelateerde kunst. Hieronder een aantal highlights. Memopol-2 van […]