Tijmen Schep is a technology critic, privacy designer and public speaker focussing ethical innovation. As a critic, his goal is to help a wider audience develop nuanced understanding of technological questions that face society. He coined the term “Social Cooling” to describe the chilling effects that the reputation economy has on free speech and our willingness to take risks.
As a designer he helps develop privacy enhancing technologies. His book “Design my Privacy” is used by universities of applied design across the Netherlands.
In 2010 he co-founded SETUP, a Dutch non-profit whose projects use humor to explain data-issues to a wider audience. An example is “taste your status”, a coffee machine that offers you good or bad coffee depending on your area code. His work has been presented at TEDx, SXSW, CNN, ABC, The Guardian and numerous other platforms.