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Anouk Ruhaak

I have a background in political economics and software development. Over the past decade, I developed my research skills as an economic analyst and investigative journalist, worked as a software developer and founded several communities in the tech space. I currently research and develop data governance models as a Mozilla Fellow embedded with AlgorithmWatch.

Data Governance

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 gain collective control over who collects, accesses and uses data about us. I research new data governance models, as a Mozilla Fellow, working on data trusts. In addition, I advice Social Observatory on data commons and work with health data startup CoverUS on the creation of a data sharing & consent protocol. I co-founded Global Center for the Digital Commons to further this work, as part of District Commons, a nonprofit focussed on experimenting with commons-based approaches to human sustainability and social systems.

Research & Writing

I have written extensively about data governance models, privacy and surveillance. Both as a journalist working for Platform Investico ​​​in the Netherlands, as an independent researcher and as a Mozilla Fellow. Some highlights:

Radical Engineers

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.

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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.

Want to find out more?
Contact me at hello@anoukruhaak.com