Welcome to Erik's Page

So who is Erik Huizer anyway?

I am married and a proud father of three beautiful daughters (Ajiet, Lotus and Dido). I do not drink any alcoholic beverages, so please don't offer me a beer or wine.

In 2014 I was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame and in 2015 the Dutch ICT sector named me "ICT Personality of the year". How cool is that!

I am currently CEO at GÉANT after several years as CTO at SURFnet. Before that I was Managing Director Information Society at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Until september 2015 I was also a part-time professor Internet Applications at University of Utrecht. I remain a Research Associate at the University. Topics I am involved in are: Educational and Research Networking, Media developments, Social Media, Digital Video archives, Cyber Security, Privacy, Identity, copyright, DNS, IPv6, optical networking, cloud services, Future Internet, digital culture, social impact of the Internet and Internet Governance.

Previous positions include Vice President for Internet and New Media at Technicolor and Director Strategy, innovation and Business Development with NOB Cross Media Facilities. From 2000 till 2004 I was part-time professor for Internet applications at Twente University. I used to be managing director of the SURFnet Expertise Center (SURFnet ExpertiseCentrum, SEC). I have been strongly involved with the GigaPort project, the Dutch project for the next generation Internet.

Before that I used to work for SURFnet bv on projects that dealt with developing and introducing new services. I also initiated and participated in several EU projects. I served as Area Director for the Applications area of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and as such a member of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). I also served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board. I was chairman of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF).

I am a member of the supervisory board (Raad van Toezicht) of the NTR

I have been chairing the National Cyber Security Centre Stakeholder Group. I also was chairing the Dutch national IPv6 Task Force. I have been serving on the board of ECP , the board of GÉANT , the Advisory Board of SIDN Fonds, the Advisory Board of the Internet Society and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Information Law. I was 'captain of science' in the Dutch Topteam for the Creative Industry. I served as chair of the Board of Trustees of Stichting NLnet, I served on the Board of the Public Interest Registry (.org), the Board of Trustees for the Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland and the Advisory board of Bits of Freedom. I also served on the board of IIP Create and as a member of the Kamer van Morgen of Kennisnet. I have served on the board of trustees of the Internet Society,  I served on the Board of Directors of Eurofiber. I was member (later chairman) of the board of the Amsterdam Digital City (DDS), I was chairman of the board of The European Internet Seminars Foundation. I was a member of the Dutch Expert Group on Broadband, a member of the commissie Andriessen, a member of the Advisory Board for the Media- and Entertainment management program at the CHN university Netherlands and a pioneer member of the Internet Society. Co-founder of ECP NL, Internet Society Nederland and Privacy & Identity Lab.

What am I doing today?

You can find out what I am currently doing on Twitter.


I used to sing in a band called "Frits en de Theezakken" that was fun. Nowadays I just listen to music. Find me on Spotify as Milkshake2 to find out what I am listening to these days.


See my photo postings on Flickr


I like making video items. Though I admit that I like editing and directing rather than the camera and sound stuff. Everything I made so far is targeted at specific audiences and way too boring (or too private) for Youtube.


I love acting and directing. I used to direct a theatre choir until 2004. Biggest production was the Opera Carmen in 2003. Since then my daughters require my attention and my theatre ambitions have been shelved.

Other things

I loved coaching the field hockey team of my youngest daughter with Kampong and I am still a big field hockey fan. I am addicted to gadgets and the Internet. And I love cycling, it's my way to get Zen.

Some publications I wrote or contributed to

(full text not always available online due to copyright)

·         E. Huizer, Freedom, Permissionless Innovation, and a Successful Internet, EDUCAUSE Review 51, no. 6 (November/December 2016).

·         Hasselbalch, Gry; Tranberg, Pernille, Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage, Publishare, Copenhagen, October 2016.

·         E. Huizer, Een dag lesgeven op een vluchtelingenschool, SURFnet blog 2016 (Dutch).

·         Dennis Broeders The Public Core of the Internet, WRR Rapport, 2015.

·         E. Huizer, De anarchistische trekjes van het Internet, Jaarboek Wiardi Beckman Stichting "Omstreden Vrijheid", feb 2015. Also available in English.

·         AIV, Het internet: een wereldwijde vrije ruimte met begrensde staatsmacht, advies van de Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken (AIV) over internetvrijheid, 2014.

·         Peter Olsthoorn, Internets beste: Erik Huizer (interview), 25 jaar Internet in Nederland, 2014.

·         Internet Society, A Passion That Will Stay “Till They Carry Me Away” (interview), ISOC september 2014.

·         Herbert Blankesteijn, Pionier Erik Huizer in Hall of Fame van het internet (interview), NRC april 2014.

·         Fast Moving Targets, De groei van Internet komt in het gedrang (video interview), december 2013.

·         Peter Olsthoorn, 25 jaar Internet in Nederland: Erik huizer (interview), Netkwesties november 2013.

·         Ongena, G., Van de Wijngaert, L., Huizer, E. (2013), Exploring determinants of early user acceptance for an audio-visual heritage archive service using the vignette method, Behaviour and Information Technology, 12/2013; 32(12):1216–1224

·         Ongena, G., Van de Wijngaert, L., Huizer, E. (2013), Designing online audiovisual heritage services: an empirical study of two comparable online video services, New Review in Hypermedia and Multimedia 06/2013; 19(1):61-79

·         Ongena, G., Van de Wijngaert, L., Huizer, E. (2013), Acceptance of online audio-visual cultural heritage archive services: a study of the general public, Information Research 06/2013; 18(2)

·         Fast Moving Targets, Ik zal m’n leven lang strijden voor een open en eerlijk internet (video interview), december 2013.

·         Baaren, E., Van Wijngaert, L. de & Huizer, E. (2011), Pixels, Peers of Public promotion? Combining Institutional and End-user Perspectives Through a Longitudinal Study of HDTV Adoption, ICA 2012 conference, Phoenix May 2012.

·         Aad van de Wijngaart, Nieuwe directeur technologie SURFnet (interview), SURF Magazine june 2012.

·         Erik Huizer, Inleiding: Het auteursrecht als een blanco vel, Online News the copyright of the commons (discussiebundel), ed. Mijke Slot, Piet Bakker, june 2011.

·         Peter Olsthoorn, Internet bestuurd op grond van verdienste (interview), Netkwesties december 2011.

·         Ongena, G., Huizer, E. & van de Wijngaert, L. (2012). Threats and opportunities for new audiovisual cultural heritage archive services: The Dutch case. Telematics and Informatics, 29(2), 156-165.

·         Ongena, G., Van de Wijngaert, L., Huizer, E. (2011). Investigating the use of future services: The case of an audiovisual archive service. Poster presented at the Etmaal voor de communicatiewetenschap, 2011. Enschede, Nederland: Universiteit Twente.

·         Baaren, E., Van Wijngaert, L. de & Huizer, E. (2011), Understanding technology adoption through individual and context characteristics: the case of HDTV, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 55 (1), 2011

·         Baaren, E. & Huizer, E. (2011), More Pixels, Less Vision, the policies of HDTV in the Netherlands, ICA 2011 conference, Boston May 2011.

·         Baaren, E., Van Wijngaert, L. de & Huizer, E. (2009), Not Another TAM paper' ; Relating individual and context characteristics to the adoption of HDTV, ICA 2009 conference, Chicago May 2009.

·         E. Huizer, De noodzaak van IPv6, Digitaal Bestuur, februari 2008.

·         Roel Huiden, Victor Scholte, Martijn van der Steen, Floris Vlasveld, Erik Huizer, Internet Broadcasting: Viable or Not? The Producers Point of View, Workshop Interactive Television Commerce and Advertising, 6th European Conference EuroITV 2008Salzburg, July 2008. Published in: Changing Television Environments, TICSP Adjunct Proceedings of EuroITV 2008 , Tampere 2008.

·         Baaren E., van de Wijgaert L. & Huizer E., 'I want my HDTV' Underlying factors of perceived usefulness for High Definition Television", 6th European Conference EuroITV 2008Salzburg, July 2008. Published in Changing Television Environments, proceedings of the 6th European Conference EuroITV 2008, by Springer Berlin/Heidelberg

·         Erik Huizer, De noodzaak van IPv6, Digitaal Bestuur, februari 2008

·         Baaren E., van de Wijgaert L. & Huizer E., 'Who's afraid of High Def?' Institutional factors influencing the diffusion of HDTV in the Netherlands", IEEE IDCS08 conference Martinique, 2008.

·         Wieringen, F.,Huizer, E., & Wijngaert, L. van de (). Catching the Consumer: HDTV as the application that drives user demand for broadband. In B. Preissl (Ed.), 17th European Regional Conference on Internation Telecommunication Society (pp. 1-5). ITS, Amsterdam, 2006.

·         Grenzen zoeken, Grenzen verleggen (Dutch) Eindrapport van de werkgroep Overheid en Innovatie  van het Innovatieplatform, May 2005.

·         C. Hesselman, "Distribution of Multimedia Streams to Mobile Internet Users", Ph.D. thesis, University of Twente, the Netherlands, May 2005 [introduction (in Dutch)]

·         C. Hesselman, H. Eertink, I. Widya, and E. Huizer, “Measurements of SIP Signaling over 802.11b Links”, Proceedings of the Third ACM International Workshop on Wireless Mobile Applications and Services on WLAN Hotspots (WMASH'05), Cologne, Germany, September 2005

·         M. Kamilova, C. Hesselman, I. Widya, and E. Huizer, "Application-level Policies for Automatic Switching between Content Redistributors", Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Applications and Services in Wireless Networks (ASWN'05), Paris, France, June-July 2005.

·         M. Kamilova, C. Hesselman, I. Widya, and E. Huizer, "Adding Policy-based Control to Mobile Hosts Switching between Streaming Proxies" (short paper), Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks (POLICY 2005), Stockholm, Sweden, June 2005

·         Delivering Live Multimedia Streams to Mobile Hosts in a Wireless Internet with Multiple Content Aggregators, C. Hesselman, H. Eertink, I. Widya, and E. Huizer, Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET), Special Issue on Wireless Mobile Applications and Services on WLAN Hotspots, Volume 10, No. 3, , pp. 327-339, June 2005.

·         Games – Meer dan spelen, ICT verkenningen voor het onderwijs , stichting Kennisnet, Zoetermeer, Beeksma, J. en Hulst, A. van der 2005.

·         De toekomst van het auteursrecht (Dutch), Prof. dr. ir. E. Huizer Mr. Chr.A. Alberdingk Thijm Prof. mr. P.B. Hugenholtz Mr. K.J. Koelman, November 2004

·         Het Nieuwe Informatierecht (preface, Dutch), Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, Academic service, Augustus 2004

·         A Policy-based System for Handoffs between Intermediary Content Providers in the Wireless Internet (poster paper), M. Kamilova, C. Hesselman, I. Widya, and E. Huizer, Proceedings of the 13th IST Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit, Lyon, France,  [abstract] June 2004.

·         Wireless & Mobile - Always on! ICT verkenningen voor het onderwijs, stichting Kennisnet, Zoetermeer, Beeksma, J. (red.) 2004,

·         A Mobility-aware Broadcasting Infrastructure for a Wireless Internet with Hotspots, C. Hesselman, H. Eertink, I. Widya, and E. Huizer, “Proceedings of the First ACM International Workshop on Wireless Mobile Applications and Services on WLAN Hotspots (WMASH'03), San Diego, USA, September 2003.

·         Zorgen over wetsvoorstel Tweede Kamer, Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, Erik Huizer, Sjoera Nas en Maurice Wessling,  Financieel Dagblad, feb. 2003

·         Expert opinion on the KaZaA case, (Dutch),  Erik Huizer, for the Amsterdam court, 2003.

·         Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid, column, Javi 2003.

·         The end of the end-to-end Internet architecture? revised and with retrospective,  1stQ 2003, special issue I&I Magazine.

·         Open brief namens 31 deskundigen op het gebied van technologie en auteursrecht (Dutch), various authors, October 2002

·         A Comprehensive Framework for Broadcasting Multimedia Content in the Future Mobile Internet C. Hesselman, I. Widya, H. Eertink, and E. Huizer, July 2002.

·         Nederland Breedbandland June 2002.

·         Slim Graafwerk June 2001.

·         Interview in Emerce October 2000.

·         The end of the end-to-end Internet architecture? I&I Magazine, June 2000 (In Dutch).

·         About the GigaPort project (in Dutch) and an updated version in English.

·         For SURFnet Nieuws I wrote a series of articles on the organization and development of the Internet (in Dutch), Feb.-March 1998.

o        Structuur en organisatie van het Internet

o        De centrale organisaties van het Internet

o        De infrastructuur en de toepassingen van het Internet

o        Ontwikkelingen in de Internet-technologie

o        Beveiliging op het Internet

·         Artikel in NRC Handelsblad over prioriteit van elektronische snelweg in Nederland, augustus 1997.

·         RFC2031 IETF-ISOC relationship, 1996

·         RFC1984 with IAB and IESG, IAB and IESG Statement on Cryptographic Technology and the Internet, 1996

·         RFC1844 Multimedia E-mail (MIME) User Agent checklist, 1995

·         RFC1616 with J. Romaguera, RARE WG-MSG Task Force 88 report, X.400(1988) for the Academic and Research Community in Europe, 1994

·         RFC1603 with D. Crocker, IETF Working Group Guidelines and Procedures, 1994

·         RFC1430 with S. Kille, V. Cerf, R. Hobby and S. Kent, A Strategic Plan for Deploying an Internet X.500 Directory Service, 1993

·         With P. Jurg, Introducing a Directory Service, SURFnet, 1995

·         With E. Jeunink, Directory Services and Privacy Issues, JENC 1993, Trondheim.

·         Ph.D. Thesis University of Delft, "Structural Relaxation in some metallic glasses", 1987