bio

I am a PhD candidate Dr Heemsbergen lectures at the University of Melbourne and researches the political relations afforded through our digital choices in the real world. He is also a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Networked Society Institute, and was previously a ‘Berktern’ at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

His main research interests are based in the (digitally) networked terrain of radical transparency and democratic governing. Recently he’s been thinking about digital artefacts in the real world and physical artefacts from the digital world (from 3D printing to new ways of augmenting ‘reality’).

His PhD looked at the evolution of radical transparency mechanisms in terms of both media theory and governing practices. It considers how networked media makes democratic patterns of government more complex for both institutions and publics. That makes him interested in online actors as diverse as Leadnow.ca and WikiLeaks.org. He also helped out with the Citizens’ Agenda project that took place during Australia’s last election and has some vested interests in theiii.org.

Previous research interests included a different sort of mediation, regarding power in international relations conflict management and resolution, and proliferation risk when working for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.