DCSP #9

We nihilists

By Hans Schnitzler   You can safely call him the icon of the information age: the computer geek. This designation stands for a highly educated professional group, a ‘virtual class’ of computer scientists, system builders and game developers, who have succeeded in becoming the dominant cultural force in a very short time. Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 by Steve Jobs, services such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat or the cloud have become indispensable. This is a huge achievement, which raises a question that is rarely asked: how did the tech elite manage, in just fifteen years, to create an environment that feels like a second skin to most people?   In my soon-to-be-published book We Nihilists, I try to formulate an answer to this question. Spoiler alert: the world that techies imagine and present to us is the world we want; their ambitions and dreams are essentially ours. In other words, what...

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Six Questions on Data and Privacy to… KNLTB

By Robert Jan Schumacher   The Koninklijke Nederlandse Lawn Tennis Bond (KNLTB) is the overarching organisation of the tennis and padel sports and the tennis and padel associations in the Netherlands. It is the second largest sports federation in the Netherlands. The KNLTB advises and supports boards of associations in the field of policy, accommodation and in legal disputes and is responsible for national and regional competitions, tournaments and the training of teachers and referees. We spoke with Robert Jan Schumacher, Director of Services, about the data and privacy aspects of the Dutch tennis and padel federation. How to operate on a national level and on an international level? And how does the KNLTB view the €525,000 fine they received from the Dutch DPA (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) at the end of 2019?   Question 1) The KNLTB works together with, among others, NOC*NSF and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. This collaboration is very important...

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It’s all about digital transformation

By Joris Willems – Partner and Head of Technology Group at NautaDutilh   NautaDutilh is an international law firm that advises clients under Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg law. It has offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London, Luxembourg and New York. With over 400 lawyers, notaries and tax advisers, it is one of the larger law firms in the Benelux. For this edition, we spoke with Joris Willems, Partner and Head of Technology Group at NautaDutilh about technology, smart contracts, digital transformation and more. Joris deals with complex multi-jurisdictional transactions on a daily basis.   Question 1) The brief introduction above already gives a good impression of you. Can you tell me a bit more about your career path and your current position at NautaDutilh? When I started out at Höcker Advocaten in 1999, I was regularly mistaken for a kind of helpdesk, even though I was in fact an IT/data lawyer. Could I perhaps help with...

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Converse, Crack, Construct!

By Roel van Rijsewijk   Inspiring conversations with Marleen Stikker - Waag, Amsterdam   This time, I am talking to Marleen Stikker: the “mother of the creative industry”, according to Job Cohen, an Internet pioneer and currently director of Waag, the research institute for art, technology and society. Not at my kitchen table, as we are meeting in the beautiful historic building that houses the Waag office: Huis de Pinto in Amsterdam’s Jodenbreestraat.   The curiosity of a systems thinker I’m a bit early so I walk to the bookshop ‘Het Fort van Sjakoo’, “specialized in libertarian and radical ideas from the first to the fifth world and beyond”. A bookshop with activist and anarchist literature that has been here since 1977 in a former squat. I love to sniff around there and thought it would be fitting as a preparation for my conversation with Marleen, who was associated with the squatters’ movement in Amsterdam in the 1980s....

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