Bio

I am associate professor at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society where I teach cybercrime. Previously, I was managing director of the annual Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference and co-founder and executive director of the the non-profit organisation Privacy Salon from 2014-2021.  In 2019 I was elected as co-director of the Surveillance Studies Network and in the same year I started working as a research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) coordinating the Chair in Surveillance Studies. 

I have been conducting research on the social, ethical and legal consequences of (algorithmic) surveillance technologies since 2006.  Recent research has focused on the governance of police use of algorithmic surveillance . I have degrees in educational sciences and criminology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and VUB.

Courses

Recent publications

  1. Introduction to research handbook on privacy and data protection law

    Gonzalez Fuster, G., van Brakel, R., & de Hert, P. (2022). Introduction to research handbook on privacy and data protection law. In G. González Fuster, R. Van Brakel, & P. De Hert (Eds.), Research handbook on privacy and data protection law: Values, norms and global politics (pp. 1-8). (Research Handbooks in Information Law series). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.. https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781786438508/9781786438508.00005.xml
  2. Research handbook on privacy and data protection law - Values, norms …

    Gonzalez Fuster, G., van Brakel, R., & de Hert, P. (Eds.) (2022). Research handbook on privacy and data protection law: Values, norms and global politics. (Research Handbooks in Information Law series). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781786438508/9781786438508.xml?rskey=jcvJ8O&result=3
  3. Bridging values - Finding a balance between privacy and control. The …

    van Brakel, R., Kudina, O., Fonio, C., & Boersma, K. (2022). Bridging values: Finding a balance between privacy and control. The case of Corona apps in Belgium and the Netherlands. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 30(1), 50-58.
  4. De controle op het gebruik van algoritmische surveillance- onder druk…

    van Brakel, R. (2022). De controle op het gebruik van algoritmische surveillance- onder druk? Een exploratie door de lens van de relationele ethiek. Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten, 2022(1).
  5. Rethinking predictive policing - Towards a holistic framework of demo…

    Brakel, R. V. (2021). Rethinking predictive policing: Towards a holistic framework of democratic algorithmic surveillance. In Algorithmic societies: Power, knowledge and technology in the age of algorithms (pp. 104-118)

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