• ‘Nie wieder’ also means: never again such databases of personal data

    ‘Nie wieder’ also means: never again such databases of personal data

    The phrase ‘I have nothing to hide’ reflects a dangerous naivety reminiscent of a dark chapter in history, the Second World War, when it suddenly turned out that we did have something to hide. The former Artis concert hall housed Amsterdam’s population register with details of 70,000 Jews that the occupiers wanted to use. Dressed…

  • Rebuilding trust? Stop spreading distrust first

    Rebuilding trust? Stop spreading distrust first

    Trust in Dutch society has declined in recent years, a trend also seen in other countries. Citizens trust both the government and each other less and less. That is why this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos was dedicated to ‘Rebuilding Trust’, which was also attended by Queen Máxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Why…

  • Give kids more digital skills? Teach them reading, writing and maths

    Give kids more digital skills? Teach them reading, writing and maths

    It is an epidemic silently raging through our classrooms. While Dutch youngsters swipe faster than their shadows and with a flair that makes their parents dizzy, they are getting worse at reading and writing every year. They have the best digital skills in Europe but are now among the worst readers and writers in developed…

  • To boost profits even further, supermarkets now want to ‘steal’ our privacy with AI surveillance

    To boost profits even further, supermarkets now want to ‘steal’ our privacy with AI surveillance

    The rise of self-scanning checkouts in supermarkets has a side effect: one in three loyal customers turns into petty thieves. According to scientists at the University of Leicester, this is because shops with self-scanning checkouts give customers ready-made excuses to take away merchandise without paying, and provoke behaviour that allows the self-scanning customers to ‘neutralise’…

  • Undermining Democracy: The European Commission’s Controversial Push for Digital Surveillance

    Undermining Democracy: The European Commission’s Controversial Push for Digital Surveillance

    The European Commission wants to turn digital communication apps, such as WhatsApp, iMessage, Instagram, TikTok and X, into mass surveillance tools so that digital communications of all EU citizens, including their live conversations, photos and videos, can be automatically scanned for criminal offences.[1] Even of citizens who are not suspected of any crime. This proposal…

  • Digital voting in elections is easy, but the drawbacks are too severe

    Digital voting in elections is easy, but the drawbacks are too severe

    Postal voting from abroad is ” especially outdated”, argue Eelco Keij and Anita Pannebakker (Opinion, 21 February). However, their suggestion to introduce online voting is ill-advised. In important elections, you want to guard the integrity of the voting process so that counted votes match the voter’s intention (and not that of hackers). In addition, you…