We are recording and storing astronomical amounts of data. Data that could help us make better decisions, allocate resources in socially and environmentally optimal ways and help coordinate our collective actions. For that to happen we need to make it available to the commons, while safeguarding individual and collectives privacies. I research new modes of data sharing as a lead consultant for the Open Data Institute, working on data trusts. I advice Social Observatory on data commons and work with health data startup CoverUS on the creation of a data sharing & consent protocol.
Platform Investico is an independent investigative journalism bureau in the Netherlands. We engage in three month long research projects around structural societal issues, working with Trouw, Groene Amsterdammer, Argos Radio and Nieuwsuur to ensure our research reaches a broad audience. I personally focus on data use, privacy and surveillance. Next to traditional investigative techniques, I employ data science methods and digital tools to find new stories in data sets.
Faced with the threat of mass extinction, a warming globe and rising inequality, we cannot afford to merely fight symptoms, but have to instead radically rethink the economic and social systems that produce them. I founded Radical Engineers to provide radical organisations with the technical resources they need to be effective.
Lasting change happens in collaboration. We need to grow communities of trust that bridge our different social layers and geographies. Communities that allow us to experiment with new forms of governance, economic systems and solidarity. I help build these communities as an ambassador for the Embassy Network, a community of intentional co-living houses and as a fellow at Newspeak House, a college for political technologists.