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Linda Kool MSc MA

Linda Kool is coordinator at the Rathenau Instituut.


Linda coordinates research within the theme Digital Society. She focuses on societal, ethical and political implications of emerging digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual assistants, smart cities, immersive technologies, surveillance technology, satellites and quantum computing. How do these technologies affect our way of life? How do they changes ways of working, in education, border control or in government agencies? And what is needed to develop and use these technologies in a responsible manner, considering challenges related to, for example, bias and discrimination, privacy, inclusion or autonomy?

Education and career

Linda studied Social Science Informatics at the University of Amsterdam and European Studies of Society, Science and Technology at the University of Maastricht and Oslo. Before joining the Rathenau Instituut, she worked at the Dutch research organization TNO, where she worked on social implications of ICT innovations. In 2012 she started as senior researcher at the Rathenau Instituut.

Other activities

  • Member of the Committee Digital Transition of the Social Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER)
  • Member of the UNESCO Expert Group on AI