Sander van der Waal

Sander van der WaalResearch Director

As Waag’s research director, Sander van der Waal is responsible for its research agenda, working in close collaboration with the four heads of the research groups and leads of the 14 constituent labs. His focus is on ensuring Waag's research contributes to lasting positive change locally in Amsterdam, nationally in The Netherlands, and on the European level, in line with Waag's principles of openness, fairness and inclusivity. He maintains and develops a strong network of research partners and represents Waag on stage in debates, events and webinars.

Earlier, Sander was lead of the Future Internet Lab at Waag, working to ensure that human values are core to how technology and data are designed and deployed in society.

Sander has an educational background in computer science and philosophy, and has solid expertise and experience in open source software development, open data and knowledge, and data infrastructures.

Current projects

Mobifree

Man op zijn telefoon in de metro
Future Internet Lab
Mobifree aims to bring about change in the development and use of mobile software in Europe by citizens, businesses, non-profit organisations and governments.

Social Initiative in the Energy Transition

Mensen in een groene omgeving met op de achtergrond een kas met zonnepanelen
Smart Citizens Lab
Commissioned by the Nationaal Klimaat Platform (NKP), Waag Futurelab is working on the design of an programme on Social Initiative in the Energy Transition.

MeentCoop

Platformcoöp Accelerator
Smart Citizens Lab
With a broad coalition of social organisations, Waag works to strengthen the local, cooperative community economy in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

Masterclass Net Politics 2022

Masterclass Netpolitiek, Waag, 2022
Future Internet Lab
Together with ISOC, Waag organises an annual Masterclass Net Politics where people working on digital society learn about topics such as digital transparency, public values on the internet and decision-making regarding large tech platforms.

Tactical Media Room

Waag opent haar deuren
Future Internet Lab
The Tactical Media Room aims to support independent tactical media, journalists, newsrooms and civic initiatives from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus.

CATRIN

CATRIN project, Waaag, 2022
Future Internet Lab
Controllable, Accountable, Transparent: the Responsible Internet. Waag is working on a foundation for a new internet to increase trust in the digital world.

Proof of Provenance

Digitale Identiteit visual
Future Internet Lab
Tackling disinformation by guaranteeing the authenticity of messages? Waag is working on a way to do this through digital certificates.

ACROSS

Evening air traffic in Europe
Future Internet Lab
ACROSS improves privacy-friendly data exchange between EU member states' public services.

Expedition to planet B

Expeditie: toekomst campagnebeeld
 
Waag is embarking on an expedition to planet B in order to design and create a desired future that is open, fair and inclusive. Join us!

Public Stack Design Proces

Public Stack Summit
Future Internet Lab
Together with INFO, TU Delft (Cities of Things Lab), Waag dives into the design process of an open source service and a commercial service.

DEPS

Chris Julien bij Nieuwsuur
Future Internet Lab
DEPS (Digital European Public Spaces) has the goal to research and facilitate digital European public spaces that are open, democratic, and sustainable.

PublicSpaces

PublicSpaces_Waag Futurelab
Future Internet Lab
Waag is a co-initiator of the PublicSpaces Foundation, a coalition of now 70 public organisations working together on a digital ecosystem based on public values.