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I, too, call on the European Commission to strictly regulate the use of biometric technologies in order to avoid undue interference with fundamental rights.

World bank report: Data for better lives


"Data is a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty—one that can potentially transform the lives of poor people. But it’s also a double-edged sword. New rules of the road are called for—a social contract for data—to get more value out of data while protecting people against harm and ensuring access and representation."

There is a lot of work to do.

We could start by banning trading in personal data :)

"How we emerge from this crisis is deeply rooted in our relationship with nature. Every individual action will matter in putting people and planet first."



Ollongren en Jorritsma zijn gestopt met de formatie, omdat Ollongren één A4'tje met notities liet zien.

"Data is het nieuwe uranium" - Mikko Hyppönen, 5-3-2021

Misschien kan iemand ze 'Privacy is Power' van Carissa Véliz opsturen?

De Correspondent goes with this brilliant article about .

"The discussion about Big Tech is often about privacy, surveillance, disinformation and abuse of power. These are legitimate concerns. But this ignores the fact that Big Tech creates a new infrastructure that society cannot do without."


Photopgrapher James Crombie captured this beautiful swarm of starlings over Lough Ennell, a lake near Mullingar in Ireland.



Ik kijk uit naar dit mooie evenement over cybersecurity en cyberwarfare. Digitaal en gratis!

op zaterdag 27 maart, een samenwerking tussen Tweakers, Politie en Defensie.


Ben jij er ook bij? =)

An inspiring message from an inspiring scientist:

"Out in the forest you learn about the interconnection of all the forms of life, how every little species of animal and plant in the forest has a role to play."

Until recently I lived on the campus of the University of Twente, where my home was surrounded by trees. That was actually the reason why I chose :-) It was great to be able to start forest walks and runs from my doorstep!

A good day for getting inspiration! Listening to podcasts while running and then attending !

During my run I stumbled upon this beautiful house, and the owner took the time to share its history! The wood is from a farm that was built in 1746!

Now attending TEDxTwenteU! An amazing talk by Linda Radestad. And later Cristina Zaga, with "Social technology is not good, bad, or neutral, but it must be feminist and responsible".

Todays favourite podcast (Dutch):

Gefeliciteerd David Fernandez Rivas met de Prins Friso Ingenieursprijs 2021! Wat gaaf dat de prijs dit jaar naar een onderzoeker van de Universiteit Twente gaat =D

Davids website: www.bubble-gun.eu

Mooie nieuwe blog op WattisDuurzaam.nl!

"Wie pleit voor een internationale aanpak voor klimaatneutrale luchtvaart, is pas serieus te nemen nadat door hem eerst zelf een flinke stap in de richting van klimaatneutrale luchtvaart is gezet."

"Er is de komende decennia geen enkele valide reden voor groei in de luchtvaart. Niet in Nederland, dat de adviezen van de klimaatwetenschap ter harte neemt. De luchtvaart kan de komende decennia geen banenmotor zijn."


Very interesting episode: Carissa Véliz on How to Improve Online Speech with Pseudonymity


Cranked up podcast speeds from 1,25 to 1,30 :) Antennapod is really convenient!

Mikko Hyppönen at the opening of the Twente University Centre for Cybersecurity Research (TUCCR):
"Data is the new uranium. Information can be explosive for decades"

is not only focusing on technical Cyber Security, but also on the social and political aspects. Good to hear! ;-)

Good to see ~250 people join this opening. I'm really excited to see Twente taking the initiative in the field of Cyber Security!

Website: tuccr.eu

The Netherlands is the first EU-country to label the human rights violations to Uyghurs in China as genocide. That's about time. But still, it's an important first step in the process.


For completeness, Canada and the United States of America already put out similar statements before.

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