IT Dilemmas - Power in the Digital Realm

Better than science fiction, discovering how the dynamics of power in the digital realm are in tension with self-determination and privacy will provide you with food for thought on choices you didn't know you faced.

Organisator Studium Generale

di 4 november 2014 20:00 tot 22:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Information security & counter surveillance expert Arjen Kamphuis explores freedom, transparency and self-determination in tension with dimensions of control in the ether. From structures and physical installations of data storage to the layers of vested commercial and political interests which shape the future, he takes us on a tour through the dynamics of power in the digital data universe. Perhaps you think you have ‘nothing to hide’ or you’re uncertain whether Edward Snowden is a hero or a criminal. Regardless, investigating the question what does power mean in the digital realm? might surprise you. Better than science fiction, the dynamics of digital power in tension with self-determination and privacy will provide you with food for thought on choices you didn't know you faced.


Arjen Kamphuis is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo. He studied Science & Policy at Utrecht University and worked for IBM and Twynstra Gudde as IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor. Since late 2001 Arjen has been self-employed, advising clients on the strategic impact of new technological developments. He is a certified EDP auditor and information security specialist. As a much sought-after international speaker on technology policy issues he gives over 100 keynote talks every year.

Since 2002 he has been involved in formulating public IT policy in the areas of open standards and open source for the government and public sector. Arjen advises senior managers and administrators of companies and public institutions, members of parliament in several European countries and the Dutch Cabinet about the opportunities offered by open standards and open source software for the European knowledge economy and society as a whole.

In addition to information technology, Arjen also works on scenario planning and strategic assessments of emerging technologies such as bio- and nanotechnology. With clients he investigates the social, economic and geo-political impact of science and technology.

Arjen's columns and articles can be found on his Gendo blog and on the Huffington Post,  Consortiumnews en Globalresearch. His twitterstream is here. Other social media via About.me/arjenkamphuis.