I am a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. My research addresses law and policy in the field of digital media, electronic communications and the internet, with a focus on the fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of expression and transatlantic relations. Current researchincludes an investigation of privacy in smartphone ecosystems, together with MIT, as well as work on the right to be forgotten and encryption policy. I am a specialist in data privacy, government surveillance through cloud computing and the regulation of internet intermediaries and algorithmic governance.
Since 2007, I am on the Board of Directors of the Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom. I am an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute (ILI) at New York University, School of Law (2013-2016), where I co-organized the Algorithms and Accountability conference and led the interdisciplinary Seminar on IT and Security. I was also a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Business & Human Rights (2015-2016) and a lecturer in Information Policy at CornellTech (2016). In 2008, I was a visiting scholar at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
I obtained my PhD from the University of Amsterdam on the topic of search engines and freedom of expression (2012) and have graduate degrees in Law (2006, University of Amsterdam, cum laude) and Theoretical Mathematics (2002, University of Amsterdam, cum laude). For my PhD thesis, I received the thesis award of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. I have conducted research for the European Commission, UNESCO, Upturn and The Open Society Foundations and am a regular speaker at international events and conferences. My work has been covered in NRC Handelsblad, the Dutch evening news, Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.