Martijn van Dam
Martijn van Dam is currently member of the Executive Board of the Dutch Public Broadcaster (NPO) and in charge of innovation and technology. In this role, his portfolio consists of innovation policies, data strategy, personalized services and privacy related matters. Van Dam, former member of parliament and State Secretary of Economic Affairs, is an internet- and media-enthusiast but most of all new technology-minded and the stimulator of innovation within NPO. He is responsible for all distribution of the NPO-channels, such as the broadcasting of television and radio, as well as the on-demand platform NPO Start. Furthermore for the NPO radio-apps and all online outings of the Public Broadcaster on their own websites and apps or other (social media) platforms.
Martijn van Dam is working hard for the ‘public’ use of algorithms on the on-demand platform NPO Start. He stated in an interview: “Other algorithms lead to ‘bubbles’: people get trapped in their own preferences. The Public Broadcaster has a different function than other commercial parties. Democracy functions because we take note of different views and then form an opinion ourselves. Our society sticks together because we have a shared culture. That is being maintained through the media.”