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Simone van der BurgHead of Programme Code

Simone van der Burg is Head of Programme of the Code research group within Waag. She leads the team that focusses on digital public spaces and the (digital) commons. Next to this she is part of the Waag Management Board.

Before joining Waag Futurelab, Simone worked at Wageningen University and Research, where she was a Senior Researcher, and the programme leader for Ethics and Responsible Digitalisation. A highly experienced researcher, Simone’s portfolio at WUR focused on matters related to the impact of robotics/AI on agriculture and horticulture workers, and related ethical questions.

Prior to this she was the Assistant Professor in Ethics of Healthcare and Responsible Research and Innovation at IQ Healthcare, RadboudUMC. As graduate of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, she holds a PhD in Philosophy/Ethics, with a dissertation entitled ‘In kritisch gezelschap’ (‘In critical company’), on the role of criticism in ethics based on practices.

Current projects

Social research agenda for AI

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Future Internet Lab
Making researchers in the field of AI more aware of the questions and concerns surrounding AI that exist in society.


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.

Digital Deal

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Future Internet Lab
How accelerated, yet unconsidered adoption of new technologies – such as artificial intelligence and machine learning – can alter or undermine democratic processes.

Responsible Business Models

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Future Internet Lab
In this project, Waag and HvA investigate the conditions for digital public spaces and the fundamental aspects of a responsible business model.

Open HEM now!

Open HEM nu, Waag, 2022, Vivent Solar via Unsplash
Commons Lab
Commissioned by the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland and Top Sector Energy, Waag is developing a Public Stack for home energy management systems: Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS).

Evaluation NWA-route Big Data

Big Data
Future Internet Lab
Beleidsmakers, private ontwikkelaars en wetenschappers bespreken vragen over big data van de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda.

Living Lab Open Cultuurdata

Future Internet Lab
Making cultural events easier to find with open-source technology. By NPO, Sound & Vision, PublicSpaces and Waag.


Public Stack Summit
Commons Lab
Atelier is a five-year project funded by the European Commission that focuses on shaping energy-positive neighbourhoods. Residents, local stakeholders and companies will work together in these neighbourhoods to create a local energy system that generates energy sustainably.