Welcome to my new website and blog.

What’s cooking?

  • NEW (02.08.2016): For Dutchies, here’s a 25 minute conversation I had on BNR national radio about my new book:
  • NEW (19.07.2016): My book ‘Securing Private Communications’ has finally arrived! Check out the retro-futuristic 1980s cover: Cover
    The book is published under Creative Commons license by Kluwer and based on my Ph.D. thesis. It could come in handy for scholars, practicioners and policymakers working on privacy, security and broader areas relating to the governance of information. More information here.
  • So there is a life after graduation?! I’m very happy to announce that I’ve joined the Data & Tech group at law firm De Brauw, Blackstone & Westbroek as of 1 December 2015. There’s a short news report about my move in Dutch. In addition, I’m happy that I’ll continue as an affiliate researcher at my academic main base, the Institute for Information Law at University of Amsterdam.  I’m also maintaining this blog and my monthly column for the Dutch Financial Times.
  • Defended my Ph.D. thesis Securing Private Communications on 25 November, on “how the EU lawmaker should protect private communications security.” Blogpost, pics and slides here. Book announcement, as well as an abstract and the full download of the academic version of my thesis here.

Featured  talks and interviews:


Guest in the talk show RTL Late Night on Dutch data protection regulator investigations into Facebook and Google. As they confronted some audience members with embarrasing content on their Facebook profile, I had to test the great TV hosts’ Dutch Supreme Court case law knowledge and help the audience. Host Umberto Tan happens to be a former law student, which spurred some quite funny interaction towards the end of the item. To embed the video I would have to offer you an insecure connection and confront you with third party ad tracking, but you can watch it here.


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The Question Lawyers Don’t Ask: Can Law Address Total Transnational Surveillance?, EPFL Lausanne Congress on Privacy & Surveillance. Liveblog by The Guardian, slides [pdf]. Click here to watch the talk.