Peter de Kock

Dr. Peter de Kock is adept at combining data science with scenario planning to prevent crime and enhance safety. De Kock graduated as filmmaker from the Film Academy of the Amsterdam School of the Arts where he mastered the art of creating scenarios for feature films and documentaries. After receiving a master’s degree in Criminal Investigation at the Police Academy, he was offered a position within the Dutch National Police force where he served as acting head of several covert departments. Within this domain he was able to introduce (creative) scenarios to anticipate and investigate crime. In 2014 De Kock combined art, criminal investigation, and data science in his dissertation "Anticipating Criminal Behaviour" with which he earned his Doctorate at Tilburg University. De Kock is founder and director of Pandora Intelligence, an independent security company specialized in security risks. The company uses a scenario-based approach to discover narratives in unstructured data, which helps (non) governmental organisations to mitigate risks and enhance opportunities.

Tomorrow is good: Can discrimination be deprogrammed?

It was the day that many people demonstrated against racism and discrimination. The professor and the protestor had started talking to each other and it had become a long and thoughtful conversation. The protestor used words that the professor hadn’t heard very often that day, such as...

Tomorrow is good: The professor and two students

“Okay, Zoomers,” the professor said, “Go ahead, you tell me!” He found the wordplay rather funny … but on the other side of the screen there was hardly any response. He had been approached by two students who had to write an article about whether computers are capable...

Tomorrow is good: The professor and the principal

“You don’t understand” was what the school principal had said. “This is not the time to experiment, we have to stick to dealing with the current situation as much as possible.” In recent weeks, the traditional education system had come to a grinding and screeching...

Tomorrow is good: The professor, the hacker and the politician …

The professor would never have imagined that his column would have had such an impact. Over the past few days, he had been approached by people from the security sector and the science world, by app-builders, conspiracy theorists, two surgeons and one chaplain. But it all started with a phone call...

Tomorrow is good: The professor doesn’t think ahead

The professor gazed out the train’s window and took time to reflect on things. This filled him with a sense of happiness. He also enjoys thinking ahead, although forethought is a process that does cost more energy and which requires focus. Focus, in order to get on the right track. You...

Tomorrow is good: The professor and the revolutionary

The professor sat at a table at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. He had just taken part in a discussion on artificial intelligence. The Eiffel Tower was artificial, as was Venice that was a little further down the road. This was Las Vegas. His table companion had given him a business card that stated...

Tomorrow is Good: The professor and the hacker

It was the day before Christmas when the professor’s phone rang. The screen said “anonymous”, with a small a. That could only mean one thing. “Hacker!” said the professor. “Professor!” replied the hacker. The hacker and the professor had known each other...

Tomorrow is Good: The Professor and the Politician

The professor and the politician sat at the table of a lunchroom in The Hague with cups of fresh mint tea. The politician had invited the professor to talk about the transparency of algorithms. He wanted to set strict rules for the use of algorithms by the government, with emphasis on the word...

Tomorrow is good: Watch out for the undercover assistant.

“Apple listens to sex via Siri” has been headlining the media a lot over the past week. So, Apple joins Google and Amazon, the illustrious list of companies that listen in on our lives and are learning from us. Just like an undercover agent passes on information to their client, the...

Tomorrow is good: Algorithms don’t discriminate

In recent weeks there has been a lot of attention in the news about the use of algorithms by the government to detect fraud and crime. Congratulations! I’d say we have a government that’s getting more efficient and moving with the times. It would be much more disturbing to learn that...

Tomorrow is good: Where Art and Science meet

It’s common practice that a column reflects the personal point of view of the writer. However, as a Canadian philosopher, Marshall McLuhan once stated, ‘A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding’. As this is my first contribution to Innovation...

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