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Short professional bio:

IT Policy Specialist and Senior Strategist, User Trust & Safety (Dublin, Ireland)

  • Developing global product policies for a range of current and emerging products.
  • Coordinating cross-functional policy enforcement
  • Product internationalization and localization
  • Collaborating with program managers and others to influence product decisions and prioritization with the goal to improve user experience for policy-related issues.
  • Engaging with internal and external stakeholders to resolve high-profile policy escalations, and establish workflows for combating abuse and policy violations at scale

Previously Assistant Professor of Philosophy of technology (PhD) at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, where I specialized in ethics of information technology, especially related to Artificial Intelligence, online communities, machine learning, privacy, computer-mediated communication and virtual reality. I did my PhD on the ethics, ontology and epistemology of virtual worlds (“met lof”; Dutch equivalent to summa cum laude). This in turn built on a Cand. Philol. from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (M.A.. equiv.) consisting of psychology, comparative literature and graduating on a thesis dealing with Philosophy of Mind and Artificial Intelligence.

I have published and lectured extensively on issues such as the ethical, societal and psychological effects of technology (especially related to the notion of well-being), Internet governance and the moral status of information.

Short Personal Bio:

I orginally hail from Trondheim, Norway where I spent most of my life until moving to Enschede, Netherlands for my PhD in December 2006 – after which I became Assistant Professor (tenured) in Philosophy. In addition to philosophy, my main interests are to spend time with my wife and to play the drums (in particular in the game Rock Band). I’m also a beer lover, always on the lookout for beers I haven’t tried, and generally prefer idle or profound conversations Although I hardly have the time anymore, I’ve also enjoyed making music – in particular Dark Ambient – resulting in two CDs and a few live performances with the one-man project Metus Mortuus).  In general, I still suffer from having been a geek all my life, and still appreciate some recreational programming, Web design and generally making sure that my life is intertwined with the interwebs.

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  1. Hi Johhny, in a break before doing some work I searched the internet because I had heard you got stuck in an elevator.. being in a elevator.., and discovered this site.. and read that whe share a interrest trying unknown beers.. You in the wrong country then because in a dutch pub the only choice is beer or no beer..better see the land of the pubs England, bup i guess you know this already..

  2. Haha, really could have used a few beers in that elevator.
    I partly agree, since I do love British beers, but I’m particularly fond of Belgian bocks and dubbels, and Netherlands is the next best country for that it seems 🙂 … but yeah, pub culture is a different story, so I would love to do a proper pub crawl through Great Britain once.

  3. It’s the exam-period and I am vigorously avoiding to do anything in that manner, so I ended up here.. nice to have students spamming on your website, isn’t it? Anyway, I tried to listen to that music of yours, and thanks to a bad mixture of myspace and a crushed adobe flash player I wasn’t able to do so unless I asked my girlfriend to borrow me her notebook.. gnarf.. anyway, I really liked it, and it reminded me of “the grey wolfs” as well as “lustmord”. You may know those?
    Ah, by the way, after your lectures I felt this urge to drink beer due to those many examples 😉 You should try some german beer as well, there are terrific ones (both positiv and negativ form of terrific 🙂 ).
    I’ll go back and try to do some fancy philosophy back here! See you during the exam..

  4. Thanks. It all sounds a little amateurish in retrospect, but I’ve given up hope in ever finding time to doing it properly so I’m happy you like it. And yes, those are some of my favorites — Lustmord’s Stalker (with Robert Rich) is probably my all-time favorite dark ambient album. Although I enjoy German beer, I’m yet to find something mind-blowing from Germany — suggestions are very welcome. Ok, now back to commenting on your essays 🙂 Good luck with the essay and exam preparations.

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