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Interview in De Correspondent: ‘Waarom het de goede kant opgaat met de privacy van de Europese burger’

On 25 January, the wonderful Dutch online magazine ‘De Correspondent’ published a long interview on my book ‘Securing Private Communications’. The interview digs in deep on several fundamental changes in the governance of the European Union with the (from  a constitutional perspective) recent adoption of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and wider mandate of the EU Court of Justice. Even if politics are turbulent these days, I believe the EU is becoming a more complete Union, that is (finally) constitutionally designed to protect the privacy and cybersecurity of EU citizens. A strong judiciary is badly needed in times of populism. Read the entire interview, alas only in Dutch, here.

BNR Radiointerview: mijn boek ‘Securing Private Communications’ [audio 25 min]

Op 2 augustus 2016 was ik te gast in het programma van Roelof Hemmen bij BNR. Zowaar een interview van 25 minuten over van alles: mijn boek, gehackte Jeeps, Shodan.io, de zwarte markt voor cyberwarfare en ja, aan het einde liet hij me zelfs even losgaan over homomorphische encryptie – of eigenlijk secure multiparty encryption. Goeie journalist, prima vragen, echt een verademing om eens de tijd te hebben in de studio. Hier te beluisteren:

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.


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

Life After Graduation: Something Old, Something New

So there is a life after graduation?! I’m very happy to announce that I’ve joined law firm De Brauw, Blackstone & Westbroek as of 1 December 2015.  I’ve hit the ground running in the Data & Tech Group, and I have to say working at De Brauw so far has exceeded my expectations. It’s pretty fantastic. There’s a short news report about my move here. 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.

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]