About the Racism and Technology Center

What we do

The Racism and Technology Center uses technology as a mirror to reflect and make visible existing racist practices in Dutch society. As a knowledge center, we provide a platform, resources, knowledge, skills and legitimacy to anti-racism and digital rights organizations to help them create understanding of how racism is manifested in technology with the goal of dismantling systems of oppression and injustice.


The Center is run on a voluntary basis by Naomi Appelman, Jill Toh, and Hans de Zwart. The center is a public benefit foundation (an ANBI) and is based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Naomi, Jill and Hans form the board of the foundation. While individually motivated by different reasons, together, they share a commitment in the fight against racial injustice and stand in solidarity with existing marginalised communities.

Naomi Appelman is a Dutch PhD candidate at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam) with a background in law and philosophy. Her research focusses on online exclusion and how the power of the big tech companies can be contested. Besides a keen interest in the relation between society and digital technologies she cares greatly about equality in education. Naomi is chair of the foundation.

Jill Toh is a Singaporean who has lived across different cities in Europe for 6+ years. She has an interdisciplinary background and is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam). She is interested in the intersections of power, data, labour and the critical political economy. Jill is secretary of the foundation.

Hans de Zwart is a Dutch lecturer and researcher in applied philosophy at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Formerly the director of digital rights organization Bits of Freedom, he has a deep interest in the societal impact of digital technology. Hans reads in public and you can follow him here. Hans is treasurer of the foundation.


You can read what others have to say about the Center on our press page.


The Center is thankful for the support from the wonderful newsletter provider Revue. They provide hosting and sending services for our newsletter. We also want to thank AKD for helping us (pro bono) to incorporate as a foundation.

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