Alexander Klöpping

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Alexander Paul Klöpping
Alexander Klöpping in 2018
Alexander Klöpping in 2018
Born (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 36)
Oss, Netherlands
Occupation(s)entrepreneur, consultant, columnist, student
Years active2003
Known forIT consultant for Dutch-language media
TelevisionDe Wereld Draait Door

Alexander Paul Klöpping (Dutch pronunciation: [aːlɛkˈsɑndər pʌul ˈklɵpɪŋ]; born 21 January 1987) is a Dutch internet entrepreneur specializing in consumer electronics, blogging, and is also a print and online journalist[1] and speaker.[2] Klöpping studies new media at the University of Amsterdam and is a self-described nerd.[3] He is consulted by Dutch-language media for his expertise.[4][5][6][7][8][9] He himself states that his expertise is "relative".[10][11]

Klöpping started an online company, The Gadget Company, at 16 years of age. In 2005, he went to the United States to study, for half a year at a university-oriented to the Democratic Party and another half year at one oriented towards the Republican Party and participated in political campaigns of both parties. He wrote a thesis about the Barack Obama campaign. Starting in March 2008, he wrote for Dutch financial journalist Jort Kelder's website, became editor a few months later and stayed in that position until June 2009.[citation needed]

He also writes articles for Dutch media Emerce,, NRC Next (once every two weeks on Wednesdays), Vrij Nederland, NTR Schooltv[12] and STER Nieuws.[clarification needed]

Klöpping has been working on Dutch television since 2009. He produced and presented Internet news for Bij ons in de BV and NTR School TV. He is best known for appearing regularly as a technology expert on the talk show De Wereld Draait Door.[13] There, he has demonstrated items including the iPad and Kinect, and commented on the rise of social media, WikiLeaks, the Anonymous cyber-attacks, and Facebook privacy policy. He is an advisor for Mediafonds[14] and member of the jury on TV Lab.[15]

In 2011, he published the book Wikileaks, alles wat je niet mocht weten ("Wikileaks, everything you weren't allowed to know").

In 2013, he joined the Committee of Recommendation of Dutch whistleblower foundation Publeaks that launched a whistleblowing initiative in September 2013, based on the GlobaLeaks software.[16]

In 2013, Klöpping founded the Universiteit van Nederland ("University of the Netherlands"), that organizes and publishes lectures. That year, Klöpping himself taught three classes on the television series DWDD University about the history, present and future of Silicon Valley. Klöpping is a co-founder of Blendle, a platform with articles of thirty major Dutch newspapers and magazines. At Blendle, launched in April 2014, readers originally paid per article.[17] In 2019, Blendle switched to a subscription model.[18] In July 2020, Blende was sold to the French news platform Cafeyn.[19] On January 7, 2021, Klöpping announced that he would leave Blendle at the end of that month.[20]

Since 2016, he also hosts a podcast "Een podcast over media" ("A podcast about media") with De Correspondent co-founder Ernst Jan Pfauth, where they talk about media and technology together.[21]


  • WikiLeaks. Alles wat je niet mocht weten, Prometheus. 2011. ISBN 978-90-446-1792-4


  1. ^ "'Hard werken om Hyves relevant te houden'" (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 1 November 2010. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Alexander Klöpping - Sprekers - CONGRES" (in Dutch). MWG. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ "De samenleving ver'nerd'iseert". Archived from the original on 1 August 2009.
  4. ^ Alexander Klöpping over iPhone wekker, radiofragment Ruud de Wild
  5. ^ "Alexander Klöpping geniet van optredens in DWDD". 20 January 2011.
  6. ^ 'Het voelt alsof ik in een snoepwinkel ben', interview Brabants Dagblad
  7. ^ Terugblik: De show van woensdag 8 december (2010), Coen en Sander Show
  8. ^ Imagoschade T-Mobile 'uit de lucht gegrepen', Volkskrant
  9. ^ Het Feest van de Democratie, 3VOOR12
  10. ^ Alexander Klöpping: ‘Ik ben geen autoriteit’, interview De Pers
  11. ^ Interview (video), Sanoma
  12. ^ Economie voor het VMBO Archived 30 May 2012 at, NTR School TV
  13. ^ Kijktip | De Wereld Draait Door, interview Televizier
  14. ^ Adviseurs Mediafonds
  15. ^ “Democratische televisie” Alexander Klöpping (Vakjury) over de TV Lab Kijkerspitch, TV Lab
  16. ^ "Vanaf vandaag: anoniem lekken naar media via doorgeefluik Publeaks". Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  17. ^ Wired, 23 March 2016
  18. ^ "DPG Media Privacy Gate". Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  19. ^, 30 July 2020
  20. ^ "Medeoprichter Alexander Klöpping stopt bij digitale kiosk Blendle". NRC (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  21. ^ "De podcast van Klöpping en Pfauth is deze week door een robot geschreven". 18 October 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.

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