Martijn de Waal is a writer and researcher, who has specialized in the relation between technology, media and (public) culture. Together with Michiel de Lange he founded The Mobile City, a think tank and knowledge network on digital media and urban culture. He is also part of the New Media, Public Sphere and Urban Culture research project, supervised by prof. Rene Boomkens at the department of practical philosophy at the University of Groningen and a guest researcher at the department of media studies at the University of Amsterdam. In the spring of 2009 he was a visiting scholar at MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media, a collaboration between MIT's Medialab and Comparative Mediastudies. He serves as a member of the board at the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund and as a member of the board of advisors at Virtueel Platform, the national Dutch sector-institute for e-culture.