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Frans Brom appointed director of WRR

17-06-2015Frans Brom, Head of Technology Assessment since 2007, is appointed Secretary / Director of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR).

Working on the robot society

30-06-2015The labor market will be increasingly influenced by robots. We must ask ourselves how we as a society will deal with this.

Lifestyle apps are handy – but can we trust them?

03-06-2015Who is actually profiting from the intimate data that they collect? New report: Sincere support – rise of the e-coach.

Technology will make this world a better place

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Facebook as Public Sphere: The Black Pete Debate

10 October 2014 09:27

In 2013 UN investigator Verene Shepherd provided that the ‘Black Pete’ character, the blackface companions of Saint Nicholas tradition in the Dutch folklore (commonly...