Erik Huizer

Erik Huizer

CTO SURFnet, Chairman of the board of Enset


Prof. dr. Erik Huizer is CTO at SURFnet, the Dutch national academic and research network. He is also part-time professor of Internet Applications at the University of Utrecht. His main research programs are:

Internet Governance
Open, accessible and trustworthy Internet
Internet usage and social media
Internet and research/education

For over 30 years he has been involved in Internet standardization and Internet governance. For his contributions to the Internet he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014.

Before SURFnet he served as Managing Director Information Society and scientific director for ICT and Media at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

Erik currently serves as chairman of the permanent stakeholders group of the Dutch National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). He is chair of the board of Enset (the non-profit registrar for NGO’s), Scientific Captain of the Dutch Creative Industries Top sector, chair of the Dutch national IPv6 Task Force and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Internet Society. He is a co-founder of the Dutch chapter of the Internet Society.

He has been teaching at various developing countries workshops on Internet policy and technology.

In March 2015, Erik wrote an essay at the request of a Dutch think tank on the topic of Internet and freedom. That essay, "Permissionless Innovation, Cornerstone of a Successful Internet" is now available in English on our website along with a video recording of a related presentation.

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