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31e FD Column: Krachtproef – Kan mensheid de kwantumcomputer aan?

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Krachtproef – Kan de mensheid de kwantumcomputer aan?

Na jaren van speculatie zullen wij over tien jaar terugkijken op 2016 als het jaar dat de kwantumcomputer zich van concept tot realiseerbare uitvinding ontwikkelde. Of het nu tien, twintig of misschien maar drie jaar duurt voordat deze computerexplosie een feit is, de mensheid heeft de consequenties nauwelijks doordacht. Het is goed denkbaar dat de kwantumcomputer huidige hardnekkige geopolitieke en juridische spanningen over gehackte verkiezingen en Snowden-onthullingen niet wegneemt, maar juist versterkt. Als wij niet nu al de economische en sociale gevolgen identificeren en bespreken, zal de verleiding groot zijn de kwantumcomputer eerst en vooral te ontwikkelen voor destructieve militaire doeleinden, in plaats van constructieve civiele toepassingen. Continue reading 31e FD Column: Krachtproef – Kan mensheid de kwantumcomputer aan?

Here it is: my book Securing Private Communications

After the publication of my Ph.D. thesis in November 2015, at long last my book ‘Securing Private Communications’ is available in stores near you.

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You can order the book here, have a look at the marketing flyer here, download the full academic version for free here and read the odd spiffy testimonial below.  Continue reading Here it is: my book Securing Private Communications

Ph.D. Defense: Pics, Slides ‘n’ Thanks

On 25 November, I defended my thesis and obtained my degree as a doctor in law during a public ceremony in the University of Amsterdam church aula. And a ceremony it was: a rather dramatic affair, complete with magic wands, fake candles, druid robes, hobbit-hats and sciency spells – all set in holy surroundings. I couldn’t have imagined a more suitable finale to the innings. Here are some pics and the slides of my introductory talk. Thanks to my Committee and all of you for being there in spirit, or in the flesh. You’ve all made this a finale I’ll always remember fondly.  Continue reading Ph.D. Defense: Pics, Slides ‘n’ Thanks

BREAKING :) abstract and download of my Ph.D. thesis ‘Securing Private Communications’ [open access]

The academic version of my thesis — titled ‘Securing Private Communications’ — is available online. I already committed it to the web in my previous blogpost on my public Ph.D. defense on 25 November 2015 (open to the public). But a friend of mine told me to once again post my abstract and download link for my thesis separately and make that clear in the title of the post. And make it BREAKING news. Ha! Here goes.  Continue reading BREAKING :) abstract and download of my Ph.D. thesis ‘Securing Private Communications’ [open access]

Join me for my public Ph.D. defense ceremony on 25/11 – 11am

My four-year research project ‘Securing Private Communications’ is coming to an end. A grande finale of sorts is my public defense ceremony on 25 November. The ceremony is open to the general public, and the venue is humongous, so you’re all very welcome to join me. Continue reading Join me for my public Ph.D. defense ceremony on 25/11 – 11am

Expert Panel Report: A New Governance Model for Communications Security?

Published 5 December 2014 on Freedom to Tinker.

Today, the vulnerable state of electronic communications security dominates headlines across the globe, while surveillance, money and power increasingly permeate the ‘cybersecurity’ policy arena. With the stakes so high, how should communications security be regulated? Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley), Ashkan Soltani (independent, Washington Post), Ian Brown (Oxford) and Michel van Eeten (TU Delft) weighed in on this proposition at an expert panel on my doctoral project at the Amsterdam Information Influx conference. Continue reading Expert Panel Report: A New Governance Model for Communications Security?