About this website

autofunk.dk is the personal work and leisure journal of me, Christian Villum, aiming at mapping projects, activities, networks and ideas as they emerge and spring forward. This journal is supplemented by my journal for experiments in art and technology, Bitbugs Lab.

I am a disruptive-technology geek, project bootstrapper, open data/society activist & electronic music buff, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Current projects and ventures

I enjoy exploring ideas and creating projects within media, arts, web, open culture and new technologies.

I spend most of my time (1) working as an entrepreneur and freelancer within digital strategy under the banner of my own company Spraengfarlig. Furthermore, I (2) run maverick electronic music recording label Uhrlaut Records, and (3) independent book publisher Ctrl+Alt+Delete Books. On the side I (4) hold the position as Danish representative in the Global Network Council for Creative Commons Denmark, and I (5)sit in the board of OpenDanmark.

In the recent past I worked as Director of Digital & Future Thinking for Danish Design Centre, where I oversaw a portfolio of projects within the spectrum of design & new technology.
In the more distant past I co-founded and co-managed Platform4, a hackerspace/co-working space/art- and technology venue as well as the adjacent maker space FormuLab. A while back I've also been working for Open Knowledge Foundation in London as International Community Manager, and acted as active member of the Science Friction art & technology collective.
Previous side-projects include co-coordinating the Open Knowledge Denmark group and the international Open Design & Hardware Working Group.

Last, but not least, I (7) dj a little on various occasions under the monikers Vilde V, Christian Villum & DJ Ond Blomst. As a dj, I am affiliated to the now defunkt (but on occasion revived) Aabtek dj-collective, member of Urlaut dj-team and part of Aalborg Tærror Crew.

I hold a master degree (MA) in Culture, Communication & Globalization and a BA in International Business Communication from Aalborg University. Currently, I am based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and have previously lived, worked and studied in Berlin, New York and Chicago.

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Right To Repair write-up and national radio appearance

Last week I had the pleasure of being asked by Danish outlet Kommunikationsforum to write up an article about the emerging #RightToRepair global movement, which seeks to change the severely broken and highly unsustainable value chain for consumer electronics. Read the article here: Kommunikationsforum - Alle har ret til en reparation The article then traveled […] Read More…

Commenting on national tv, TV2 News, on the regulation of big tech

Last week I had the pleasure and privilege to go on air on Danish national news channel TV2 News to comment on an editorial by the Danish government in the newspaper Politiken, in which they voice a long-awaited intent to see how Denmark in collaboration with other governments can regulate the world's big technology companies. […] Read More…

Strengthening your ethical muscle: Digital Ethics Compass + Getting Tech Right

Over the last few months, I have been privileged to contribute as an advisor to the work by Danish Design Centre and digital consultant Peter Svarre on creating a Digital Ethics Compass, which is a tool suite and learning program to help companies make the right design ethics decisions. Made in collaboration with design studios […] Read More…

My next venture: Want to stay in the loop?

Starting in June 2021 I have freed up time (as in: Quit my job) to build a new company based on an idea I've been exploring for a while. I am still working on the pitch, so I'll hold back on the details and only reveal that it will be relevant and exciting for those […] Read More…

New work and life chapter

Time to wave GOODBYE & AU REVOIR to Danish Design Centre: It’s been a tough decision to leave, and I want to send thanks for an amazing time, great challenges, cutting-edge innovation projects, and the best colleagues & management you can imagine. My last day will be May 31.Next up: Time to wave HELLO to […] Read More…