Axel Arnbak is full-time faculty member and a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. Along with his Ph.D. project on the regulatory aspects of cybersecurity, he works on surveillance, data protection, censorship and internet governance.
Hi most recent work is on the 'Certificate Authority Collapse' in HTTPS communications (WEIS 2013), on the lack of legal protection for EU citizens in transnational intelligence surveillance by U.S. authorities through the cloud (PLSC 2013) and on the legal definition of cybersecurity (TPRC 2013). Axel was awarded the national Internet Thesis Award 2009 and general University of Amsterdam Thesis Award 2010 for his Master's thesis on the fundamental rights aspects of the EU Data Retention Directive and its Dutch implementation. Upon graduation, Axel joined Bits of Freedom, the Dutch digital rights organization that had resumed its activities just before. Until mid August 2011, Axel was responsible for setting up the organisation and privacy advocacy on both a national and European level. Axel also studied Competitive Strategy and Game Theory from the LSE (2009) and chaired the VeerStichting foundation (2005-2006).