About the speakers
Stefania Milan is Professor of Critical Data Studies at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Media Studies, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University and a Research Associate with the Chair in AI & Democracy at the Florence School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute. She works on the interplay between technology and society and the possibilities of self-organization, emancipation, and autonomy that digital infrastructure opens up. She leads the NWO-funded project ‘Citizenship and Standard-Setting in Digital Networks’ (IN-SIGHT).
Niels ten Oever is Assistant Professor at the European Studies department and co-principal investigator with the critical infrastructure lab at the University of Amsterdam. Next to that, he is a visiting professor with the Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas. His research focuses on how norms, values, and ideologies get inscribed, resisted, and subverted in communication infrastructures through their transnational governance.
Douwe Schmidt is the Project Manager of Public Tech at the Municipality of Amsterdam. Prior to this, he was a board member at Bureau Tada, worked as a privacy officer at Fairphone and as a security trainer at Greenhost. Additionally, he enjoys working closely and frequently with Waag and has participated in various programs there, including the Fabacademy. He is the founder of the Privacy Café for Bits of Freedom, organized numerous other meetings on internet and politics, and researched privacy-enhancing technologies for the Correspondent.