Quantum Software Consortium

Developing a governance framework for quantum computing: lessons from the application of decryption powers

On 20 December 2022, we will host our final Quantum & Society Research Colloquium of the year, as a hybrid event hosted at the Institute for Information law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, with Ot van Daalen as our speaker.


‘Developing a governance framework for quantum computing: lessons from the application of decryption powers’

Quantum computing is still in its infancy, and the governance of this technology even more so. We often hear that laws can’t keep up with technological developments, but could this be an opportunity to develop a legal framework before the technology is being applied?


Ot van Daalen, working at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), recently defended a PhD on the governance of quantum computing, with a focus on human rights requirements. In this talk, he’ll present some of his core conclusions, focusing on states’ obligations relating to the transition to Post Quantum Cryptography and the use of these computers for decryption. He’ll also provide some suggestions for the development of quantum computing governance in the future.


Ot van Daalen is an assistant professor of privacy and security at the Institute for Information Law, at the Faculty of Law at the University of Amsterdam. He is also founder of law firm Root Legal. Previously, he worked at the Dutch Data Protection Authority, at Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom and at law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.



15:30 – 15:35 Opening by Joris van Hoboken

15:35 – 16:15 Lecture by Ot van Daalen

16:15 – 16:45 Discussion

16:45 – 17:30 Networking Drinks


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Centre for Quantum and Society

The Centre for Quantum and Society is a knowledge and co-creation centre to maximise quantum technologies’ positive impact on society. We’re part of Action Line 4 of Quantum Delta NL, a unique program that aims to put societal impact first. We facilitate ground-breaking research into the ethical, legal, and societal dimensions related to quantum technologies. We develop tools to assess quantum applications’ impacts and develop governance approaches and guidelines. We support start–ups, small businesses, and corporate innovation teams in understanding the potential impact of quantum technologies on their sector, customers, and society. Last but not least, we initiate mission-driven innovation projects.


This monthly colloquium, organized by the Center for Quantum & Society of Quantum Delta NL, provides a platform for quantum & society researchers, aimed at building and broadening the community engaged in research on non-technical questions related to quantum technologies, including their development, applications and implications.

We will provide networking opportunities within the community, including with the aim to facilitate new collaborations.


When: Tuesday December 20th, 2022
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Where: Institute for Information law, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 Amsterdam