Advisory Board

Professor Rob Van Den Hoven Van Genderen

Rob Van Den Hoven Van Genderen, Ph.D., MSc. is the Director of the Center for Law & Internet at VU University Amsterdam. He is also Associate Professor at the Internet Law Institute of the Law Faculty at VU University Amsterdam and advisor to the UN, the Council of Europe, and NATO.

Rob has a vast history in business and science. In the recent past, he has been an executive legal officer for the European Project Hemolia on anti-money laundering for financing terrorism and advisor for the Council of Europe, the United Nations, and the NATO Scientific Council on privacy. Further, he has been director for regulatory affairs at BT Netherlands and Telfort and Secretary of Information Policy for the Netherlands Employers Organization. He has published several articles and books on telecommunication law, IT law, privacy, and robot law, and has lectured on these subjects at different universities in the Netherlands and abroad. He is also an IT law specialist, advisor, and associate to SwitchLegal lawyers in Amsterdam.

Rob started the first course on robot law at VU University of Amsterdam and concentrated his research on AI, robotics, and law. This led to several publications and Manz invitations to speak on conferences in Europe, China, and Japan.

He earned his Ph.D. in Privacy Law with his dissertation Privacy Limitation Clauses, Trojan Horses under the Disguise of Democracy.

Rob’s wishes “to form a bridge between industry and policy makers”.

Read his publications Robo Sapiens and data protection: Legal consequences of human-robot integration, from human-robot interaction to robot-human integration, Artificial people: How will the law adapt to intelligent systems?, AI systems and Robot as a legal entity, legal necessity or beginning of the end?, and Privacy and Data Protection in the Age of Pervasive Technologies in AI and Robotics.

Read his older paper Cybercrime investigation and the protection of personal data and privacy that was prepared for the Council of Europe.

View his article Trading Privacy for Security. Below is a short abstract from this paper:

Personal information is available to anyone, anywhere at anytime. That includes the data subject itself, commercial users, social networks, governmental authorities, and also parties with illegal intentions. Is the availability to authorities of our personal data necessary for the protection of our national security and protection against computer-criminality? Can we be certain that the processing of our personal data is done for solely legitimate purposes? And are we certain that our personal data is well protected when being processed? …and do we really care? In this article Rob van den Hoven van Genderen discusses these issues.

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