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.

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Recent publications

  1. 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)
  2. Data subjects/citizens’ privacy expectations in smart cities - WO-SBO…

    Breuer, J., Brakel, R. V. (Ed.), & Pierson, J. (2021). Data subjects/citizens’ privacy expectations in smart cities: WO-SBO ‘Smart city privacy: Enhancing collaborative transparency in the regulatory ecosystem’, deliverable D1.4.
  3. Smart cities as surveillance theatre

    Melgaco, L., & van Brakel, R. (2021). Smart cities as surveillance theatre. surveillance and society, 19(2), 244-249.
  4. How to watch the watchers? - Democratic oversight of algorithmic poli…

    van Brakel, R. (2021). How to watch the watchers? Democratic oversight of algorithmic police surveillance in Belgium. surveillance and society, 19(2), 228-240.
  5. Anoniem maar toch gevaarlijk - Hang naar surveillance roept vragen ov…

    Brakel, R. V., & Hert, P. D. (2020). Anoniem maar toch gevaarlijk: Hang naar surveillance roept vragen over privacy op. In M. Brengman (Ed.), Postviraal naar een nieuw normaal: VUB stemmen over de impact van Corona op onze samenleving (pp. 255-260). VUBPRESS. https://aspeditions.be/asp_mailing/Post%20viraal/31_Anoniem%20maar%20toch%20gevaarlijk.pdf

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