About me

At the moment I am in the last stages of finishing my PhD-dissertation "Let's forget about it: the story of art. 17 GDPR". In this research I have explored how the socio-technological constitution of online information sources affects the presence and content of our personal information. My research is based on philosophy of technology, as well as on law.

My dissertation is supervised by prof. Ronal Leenes and prof. Bert-Jaap Koops, who both have been great sources of inspiration and from whom I have learned a lot along the way. During the time of this research I worked at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society at the University of Tilburg, at Digital Security at the Radboud University and as part of Privacy & Identity Lab. I loved working in this interdisciplinary environment and enjoyed co-operating with scholars of various disciplines. In order to understand the topic of my research better, as well as being able to better bridge the communication between different disciplines, I found it important to get some feeling for the technology itself. For this, I followed some programming courses, varying from assembly for the C64 to JavaScript and started working on some hobby electronics (I have a fascination for the relation between hardware and software).

During my research I have build up a keen and critical interest in the industrialization of "our" online collective memory, and more particular in the social effects of interface design and control, as well as in the implications that the current praxis of the "internet giants" has on power and knowledge (im)balances. My main goal is to (help) build bridges between theory and practice in order to make sure that technology works for us, and not the other way around.

Currently I work part-time as researcher Legal Tech at the University of applied sciences in Amsterdam. The time that I have left I spend at refugeework and other projects. My current other side-project results from my participation in a Deleuze seminar, "Deleuze and the antifascist life". For this I am studying quantified self applications from a Deleuzian and philosophy of technology perspective.