Ben Wagner is Professor of Media, Technology and Society and Director of the Sustainable Media Lab at Inholland and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft. His research focuses on media governance, human rights and sustainable media systems.
Ben has published extensively in leading international journals on the governance of digital media, the impact of technology design choices on society and how digital media systems can contribute to strengthening human rights. He is a visiting researcher at the Human Centred Computing Group at Oxford University, advisory board member of the data science journal Patterns and on the International Scientific Committee of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub.
Previously, Ben served as founding Director of the Center for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina, Director of the Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and member of the Advisory Group of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence.
The Sustainable Media Lab will bring together leading researchers, experts and practitioners to explore what more sustainable media systems could look like. Rapidly changing technological, legal, and societal environments require a different way of thinking about media, its technical entanglements and its role in society. The Lab will be based in the Hague and work closely together with students at the Faculty of Creative Business at Inholland.
In addition to his work at Inholland, Ben Wagner is also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology.
Ben has been conducting research at the interface of social sciences, technology and human rights for years. In 2013, he obtained his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence on the subject of freedom of expression and the regulation of online content. Since then, he has regularly published in leading international scientific journals about the governance of digital media, the impact of technology on society and how digital media systems can support human rights.
Among other things, Ben founded the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina. He was also director of the Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business and a member of the advisory board of ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity. In addition to his work in the Netherlands, he is a visiting researcher at the Human Centred Computing Group of the University of Oxford. Ben is also affiliated with the data science journal Patterns and UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub, a British platform that focuses on reliable autonomous systems.
Ben lives in The Hague, where he can regularly be found by the beach, on his bike, diving in the water or simply relaxing in the dunes.
"We are at a time of great technological change and our experiences are changing as a result."