Axel Arnbak

Axel Arnbak is an attorney at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, affiliate researcher at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam) and columnist at the Dutch Financial Times.  He works on information security, privacy and communications freedoms —  or as some have it, all things ‘Cyber’.

Axel obtained his doctorate in 2015 with his Ph.D. thesis ‘Securing Private Communications’, published by Kluwer Law International in 2016. Axel was a 2014/15 Research Affiliate and a 2013/14 resident Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and CITP, Princeton University. From 2009 until 2011, Axel was a core member of the team that re-started Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom and revitalized European Digital Rights.

Axel speaks and writes regularly about technology, law, society and their continuously changing relationship. His publications and writings have spurred several legislative debates on the European and Dutch level and have been covered by a.o. the Financial Times, CBS News, RT, Sud Deutsche and the Wall Street Journal. He maintains a blog at Freedom to Tinker and his website, where you can access and download all his writings and his book for free.