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Office: Pavillon 11
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I am associate professor at the computer science department at RUC. My main interests are technology theory, it security, and open source.

My main activity in recent years has been teaching at humtek. Humtek is RUCs new bachelor program in humanistic technology. I launched the program with collegues in 2008 and was the program's study board director in its first years.

Before coming to RUC in 2001, I was at Copenhagen Business School, and before that at Nokia. My ph.d. degree from 1992 is in computer science. Before I became a computer nerd I studied math and cultural sociology.

Research interests:
  • History of encryption, technology theory

    The papers Open encryption technology: A contribution to a meso-level analysis of 'technical' factors presented at First Nordic STS Conference, Trondheim (2013), and Open encryption technology and social movements presented at Cryptologic History Symposium, Laurel, Maryland (2013) discuss the development of encryption technology in the 1990s. They ask how open and strong encryption became the dominant paradigm, vis-a-vis closed or semi-closed encryption, as exemplified by the standardization in 2001 of the Rijndael encryption algorithm, a fully open algorithm, and the selection of open algorithms for the GSM 3rd Generation project in 1999.

  • Design methods

    The paper Electric vehicle design, co-authored with Thomas Budde Christensen and published in Simonsen et al. (Eds) Situated Design Methods (forthcoming in 2014), studies how electric vehicles are developed using a hybrid design method, with iterative and phased elements, and whether this is an obstacle to electric vehicle proliferation.

  • Exemplary learning

    The paper Exemplary learning in design studies in Lone Krog, Annie Aarup Jensen (eds) Visions, Challenges and Strategies for Problem-Based Learning (2013) discusses strengths and limits of applying Wagenschein and Negt's theories of exemplary learning to design studies.

  • Publication list.
Teaching: Other activities