Marleen Stikker is founder and director of Waag. As creator and ‘mayor’ of De Digitale Stad she developed the first free entry to a virtual community on the internet. She initiated many different projects such as PICNIC and We Make the City. At the moment she is part of the executive board of Public Spaces, a coalition working towards a type of internet that is not about political control, but functions as a new public space. As of January 2021, she is Professor of Practice at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Stikker is the author of Het internet is stuk (maar we kunnen het repareren).