Michiel Schwarz (1956) is an independent consultant and researcher on contemporary technological culture, based in Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in the sociology of technology from the University of London. His books include De Technologische Cultuur (ed. with Rein Jansma), Divided We Stand - Redefining Technology, Policy and Social Choice (with Michael Thompson), and Speed - Visions of an Accelerated Age (ed. with Jeremy Millar). The latter book of essays and photographs was developed in part from the successful 1996 "Doors of Perception" conference on 'Speed', which he co-chaired and programmed at the Netherlands Design Institute, where he was also involved in the programming of the 1998 edition of "Doors" on the theme of 'Play'. He was initiator and for many years programme director and editor of the Technological Culture series of cultural events, books and media projects of the Amsterdam-based De Balie centre for culture and politics. He completed an advisory report on digital media/arts and technological culture, commissioned by the Dutch Minister for Culture.