Theory — 17 Nov 2019

The annual Wim Crouwel Lecture takes place on 17 November in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Marleen Stikker (founder of Waag) will give this lecture and discuss the need to reclaim our digital sovereignty and the attitude that is required from contemporary designers.

Museum ticket + € 3,-
Teijin Auditorium
17 Nov 2019, 3 pm until 4.30 pm
Main language

The Internet puts the freedom, privacy and online rights of all citizens worldwide under pressure today. This demands a new strategy to restore our digital sovereignty. What is the responsibility of the current design world in this? What attitude does this demand of a contemporary designer? And what role does education play in this regard?


Marleen Stikker (1962) is founder and director of Waag. As ‘mayor’ of De Digitale Stad (The Digital City), Marleen Stikker developed the first European virtual community and introduced free public Internet access in Amsterdam in 1994. In the same year she founded Waag, a social enterprise that consists of a research institute for creative technologies and social innovation. For over 25 years, Waag operates at the intersection of science, technology and the arts. The institute focuses on emergent technologies as instruments of social change, and is guided by the values of fairness, openness and inclusivity.

Marleen Stikker
Marleen Stikker

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