Addiction as metaphor for internet use

Back in April, I attended a wonderful workshop organised by Astrid Mager and Christian Katzenbach called, ‘“We are on a mission”. Exploring the role of future imaginaries in the making and governing of digital technology’. The title of my lecture was inspired by my yoga teacher, who once instructed us to ‘imagine you are an […]

Interview in Trouw newspaper

On September 1, 2018, an article appeared in the Dutch newspaper Trouw. The article is written by Willem Schoonen, based on an interview he did with me in August, and on the lecture I gave at Maastricht University earlier this year called (in English) ‘Where is the knowledge we have lost in data?’ The article […]

Australia, 25 August-6 September

I’m heading off to Australia on 25 August, mainly to attend the 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) conference in Sydney. As always, the programme is packed full with fascinating sessions in which people present their research, discuss prize-winning books, and honour those who have contributed to the field of science and technology studies […]

VSNU Digital Society Programme

The VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) has brought together leading researchers from all fourteen universities to work together to address the many pressing questions raised by the emergence of a digital society. Dutch universities benefit from an excellent digital infrastructure supporting education and research. The Netherlands has a long-standing culture of openness and […]

Columns in Observant, Maastricht University newspaper

Columns in Observant, Maastricht University newspaper

Since the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, I’ve been writing the occasional column for Observant, the independent newspaper of Maastricht University. It’s fun, reaching out to a different kind of audience – academic, but not necessarily research focused. Sticking to 400 words, and not including copious references and nuanced explanation is a challenge. My […]

Copenhagen, 14-15 May

On 14 May, I’m heading off to Copenhagen to meet Professor Klaus Høyer and his colleagues working on the project, ‘Policy, practice and patient experience in the age of intensified data sourcing’. POLICYAID is funded by the European Research Council, started in June 2016. On Monday I will meet with the research group, and on […]

Spring in Vienna & Berlin

In March and April, I’ll be attending wonderful events in Vienna and Berlin. On 15-16 March, the University of Vienna is celebrating 30 years of ‘Science & Technology Studies’. That’s an impressive achievement, given the ways in which universities tend to re-organise. I’ll be joining colleagues there, first, on 15 March to talk about ‘how STS […]

Discussion about ‘Move fast and break things’ by Jonathan Taplin

On Friday February 2 (starting at 20:00), I’ll be taking part in a discussion with Jonathan Taplin, author of Move Fast and Break Things, How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, an account of how the internet has been captured by the big tech companies. He argues that they have become engines […]

Dies Natalis events, Maastricht University

Dies Natalis events, Maastricht University

On 26 January 2018, Maastricht University will be celebrating its 42nd birthday. This year the theme is ‘The Future of a Data-Driven Society’.