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mr. dr. M.H. (Mathieu) Paapst

Assistant professor Law and IT


Dr. Mathieu Paapst works as an assistant professor Law and IT at the University of Groningen. He is interested in the legal, ethical and sociological aspects of the information society. He graduated with a Master’s degree on Law and IT and he received his PhD on a multidisciplinary research project (Law, Public Administration, Innovation and Technology Management) regarding open source and open standards policy resistance in IT procurement. He has been project coordinator and/or researcher for several Dutch research projects (e.g. on standardization policy compliance for the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs, on semantic interoperability standards for the ministry of Justice, and on e-Casemanagement, an international research for the judicial organizations). For many years he has been a board member of ISOC and the Open State Foundation. Nowadays he is a member of the supervisory board of the Pleio open source foundation and a member of the Ethical commission of the municipality of Groningen.  In addition to his work as a scientist, he has been co-developer and co-founder of two very successful (+800,000 users) open source plugins for WordPress (Complianz Privacy Suite; and Complianz Terms and Conditions) and co-founder of He also co-founded and managed a medium-sized consultancy firm in the field of IT and law. He sold his shares in these companies. 

Other positions

Jurylid Nationale Privacy Awards
Lid Vereniging voor de Sociaalwetenschappelijke bestudering van het Recht
Lid Data Advisory Team | Brainport Smart District
Lid begeleidingscommissie WODC
Lid en vice-voorzitter Universiteitsraad
Fellow Open Forum Academy
Lid Ethisch commissie gemeente Groningen
Toezichthouder Plein Overheid (Pleio)
Last modified:23 August 2023 01.42 a.m.

Contact information

Oude Boteringestraat 18
9712 GH Groningen
The Netherlands

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