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  • NEW (18.11.16): Gave a keynote at the Dutch National Privacy Conference on the status and viability the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield from an academic, consumer and business perspective. I also touched upon the critical role of the dread of French politicians in the data outsourcing practices of French escort services in the the 1970s and the consequent birth of birth of international data transfer prohibitions, as well as in the immense impact of quantum computing on privacy and cybersecurity in the distant future.
  • 02.08.2016: For Dutchies, here’s a 25 minute conversation I had on BNR national radio about my new book:
  • 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. Book announcement, abstract and full download of the academic version here. Blogpost, pics and slides of the academic defense on 25 November 2015 here.

Featured  talks and interviews:

Dutch:

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.

English:

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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.