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About Twenty of Time

- Take a step back and think -

Twenty of Time is about taking a break from the rush and reflect on issues. Articles are well-researched and aim to reflect on larger trends than what’s happening in the here and now. Many articles find their basis in current events, but they're always backed up with a broader perspective.

Twenty of Time is built from the ground up as a reading experience you can enjoy for one or more articles. From the lack of pop-ups to the calm colour palette, its design ensures that you can read without distraction.

The Content

Let's talk content. My primary focus is technology, mainly privacy, but you may occasionally find me writing about anything that piques my interest.

If you want to get reading right away, I advise you to check out the collections page, where you’ll find articles grouped around specific topics.

I like to make sure that each piece I publish is of the highest quality, which means a slower pace of creation than you might have come to expect from other blogs. In return, you can be sure that what you’ll find here is worthy of your time.

I have nor will take money to write about specific topics on Twenty of Time. The blog will always be freely available and, if necessary due to hosting costs, monetisation will be non-intrusive, transparent and user (and privacy) friendly.

The visuals

Most visuals on Twenty of Time are handcrafted. This is a time-consuming process, but I believe it's worth it. Having a visual style supporting the content promotes an enjoyable and engaging experience. It’s also a lot of fun to do. You're free to use all imagery on this website for any purpose, as long as it comes with proper attribution

I believe that collaboration with talented individuals could bring out the best in these articles, so just in case you're an artist or know someone who might be interested: my contact details can be found below.

The author

I’m Friso van Dijk, a PhD-candidate at the University of Utrecht and a Dutch government employee (as adviser on cloud, security and privacy). I do this 2 and 3 days a week respectively. My research focuses on organisational data use, where I look into how organisations can prove with a large degree of certainty that they manage data in a responsible manner

Aside from my work, I have the annoying habit to be interested in almost everything. One moment I'm looking for information on subconscious influencing and the next you’ll find me reading up on Roman military tactics.

While my interests are very broad, my main source of curiosity is very focused at any given time. I bite down in a topic and delve as deep into the underlying aspects as time permits.

Next to Twenty of Time, my free time is filled with reading (find me on Goodreads) and bothering my awesome fiancée. I also like to have long, often pointless conversations, play games and make facepalm-worthy jokes.

My narrow interest

My narrow interest

Let's connect

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Now go forth and read something on the blog!


I share my personal views through my articles. This may spark a discussion, one in which everyone is welcome to participate. In return, I would request you to be respectful of others and their opinions. Fierce discussion is allowed, but I will not hesitate to act on rude and disrespectful behaviour.

All illustrations are licensed under the creative commons license 4.0. You are free to use it with proper attribution directly below the image. Proper attribution is either a link to my homepage, my about page or the page the image came from. This is not a link to the image itself. I retain full rights to the textual content (aside from fair use of course) on this blog, but you can always message me with ideas for the creative use or translation of the articles.

If you decide to make creative use of any of my material, I'd love to know about it and share it. If you want the full Illustrator files or anything more than provided through the website, feel free to send me a message.

Your privacy on Twenty of Time

Because I value privacy, I will mention here that I will use your data only to provide you a better website (anonymised analytics) and a newsletter (email). Any changes to that policy will be communicated on this page and through the newsletter.

Twenty of Time places cookies from different providers, although I'm in the processing of eliminating as many as I can. You can block all cookies without any repercussion, although you might miss some minor functionality. The following cookie origins can be found on Twenty of Time:

  • Google fonts: the fonts on this website are provided and hosted by Google Fonts. They collect anonymised usage statistics. Read more here.
  • Mailerlite: I host my mailing list at Mailerlite. Their signup forms come with tracking cookies to show the number of views and signups for each. They are open in their communications, but it's not ideal. I'm still looking for a better solution. Here you can find their privacy policy.
  • Browser-update.org: using an older browser will break this site. This is a free tool I use to notify people with out-of-date browsers that they should update. They collect anonymised visitor statistics on browser type and language. Read more here.
  • Frisovandijk.com: if you're keeping a close eye on the cookies you might've noticed my own domain. This is where I host my analytics solution, as to not have to bother with Google Analytics. All data is anonymised (IP addresses show only the first digits and browser language is recorded, but not location). I use this to get insight in how many visitors are on each page.
  • Disqus (optional): below each article you'll see a button to show the comments. I use Disqus for the comments, since my previous provider shut down their free services. Disqus is a notorious tracker, so I implemented a solution that gives you the choice if and when to engage with the comments each time you load an article. If you don't want to be tracked, I advise downloading a tracking blocker (such as Privacy Badger) before enabling the comments. The Disqus privacy policy can be found here.