Talk:Walter De Brouwer

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Removing extraneous external links and sections[edit]

As part of removing some of the promotional tone of this article, I'm going to remove all external links not in English and the recent lecture section. Please see this revision for the materials prior to removal. Jokestress (talk) 18:32, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

Notes & Queries[edit]

The following references appear to be trivial mentions, so I am moving them here for now.

They can be cited within specific sections if they discuss non-redundant information. Jokestress (talk) 20:57, 30 May 2011 (UTC)


I removed the following information pending verification: "From 1996-2001, De Brouwer was a sponsor of the MIT Media Lab[citation needed], and sat on the programming board of Nicholas Negroponte’s Digital Life project at the Medialab. [...] In the past he has been a corporate sponsor of Merton College (University of Oxford), the MIT MediaLab at and recently the Singularity University’s FutureMed at NASA Ames.[citation needed] [...] He also sponsored the Centre for Quantum Computation of the University of Oxford.[citation needed]" These claims are not supported by reliable third-party sourcing. Jokestress (talk) 21:05, 30 May 2011 (UTC)


Moved here: "a Member of Discovery Channel and How Stuff Works group" this is not backed by a reliable source and does not appear to be notable. Jokestress (talk) 21:37, 30 May 2011 (UTC)


The article stated StarLab "laid the foundations for further research into MPEG-21." I moved that here until it's verified with a third-party reliable source. Jokestress (talk) 22:22, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

Silicon Fen influence[edit]

I removed this per WP:SPS: "He has been mentioned as a contributor to the future success of Silicon Fen.[1]" Link is to a PowerPoint presentation. Jokestress (talk) 22:34, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

Bieneviste Bio[edit]

Removed: "De Brouwer is the managing director of Benveniste Bio. " This appears to be a non-notable company, and there's no citation. Jokestress (talk) 22:36, 30 May 2011 (UTC)


Moved from article: "De Brouwer's work as a futurologist has been covered in the Wall Street Journal[2] and Belgian TV RTBF.[3]" It appears this was in Wall Street Journal Europe, but all references lead back to pieces published by De Brouwer. The RBTV doc is in Dutch and not preferable for this version of Wikipedia. Jokestress (talk) 23:15, 30 May 2011 (UTC)


Moved from article: connection with Dance your PhD and Long Now Foundation. He is not listed on current version of long now site, but was listed as a contributor on their old site.[1] "Dance your PhD" is a non-notable contest sponsored by the blog ScienceNow. Jokestress (talk) 23:37, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

SCANADU, Jellybook, 1998 conference[edit]

Moved the following here: "In 1998, De Brouwer organized the First International Conference of Quantum Information and Computation in Brussels. De Brouwer is founder and CEO of SCANADU.[citation needed] In May 2011 he was appointed director in Jellybook, a new social media investment fund based in London.[citation needed]" These are not backed by reliable sources and do not appear to be notable achievements. Jokestress (talk) 23:46, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

Emotiv EPOC[edit]

Moved: "De Brouwer heads European operations for the developers of Emotiv EPOC.[citation needed]" Found no source except a self-published tweet. Jokestress (talk) 23:52, 30 May 2011 (UTC)


The following sentences can be referenced (some by obscure sources), but I doubt whether they are actually notable: "In 2003 he placed a bid for bankrupt company DataPlay.[26] In 2005 he spoke at the World Spirit Forum.[27] . He is a non-executive board member of Bboxx. [28]"

Can you imagine an article on Steve Jobs that mentions "he once bid on a company", "he once spoke on a forum that has no wikipedia article of its own", "he is a board member of a dozen companies, but he is also a non-executive board member of a company that has no own wikipedia page"?

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 19:54, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

PS: I've been contacted via e-mail by the subject of this article (a fellow countryman) to help clean it up. Since I feel it is important to help people like Walter with their Wikipedia page, I edited it, but I will try to remain neutral and comply with the policy of conflict of interest. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 20:10, 7 November 2011 (UTC)


One of its spinoffs ( was collecting spit for personal genomics typing, similar to what 23andme started doing 6 years late.

This is a ridiculous comparison. This would be like comparing the form factor of a backpack or brick cell phone with the latest model. It should probably be removed. Viriditas (talk) 02:18, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

I've removed it. Someone is playing some silly games with this article and it needs to stop. Viriditas (talk) 02:39, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

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  1. ^ ‘The Cambridge Phenomenon: The Power of Networking in Regional Economic Development’, 2008, Prof. A. Barrell
  2. ^ Wall Street Journal Europe. 20th Anniversary Report -- The World in 2023 --- Rise of the Machines --- Gazing Into the Future of Our Daily Lives. Dow Jones Factiva reference : wsje000020030124dz1o0000c By Christopher Knight, 24 January 2003
  3. ^ AVENIR-Toekomst