I'm Ahto Apajalahti, Master of Arts and a PhD student at the University of Helsinki (ORCID: 0000-0002-4243-6115). My field of research is Finnish and Nordic history, and my PhD is going to be about the history of science popularization in Finland during the early cold war period, from 1945 to 1969. I'm also studying the motives for science popularization, i.e. the ideological, political and even religious aspects behind the spreading of scientifc world-view in the European periphery. My main sources are newspapers, audiovisual media and popular science literature.

I've worked on different academic projects related to Finnish economic, political and media history. I'm affiliated with the Capitalism, State & Society research group and a media history research project at the University of Helsinki.

My other main activity has for several years been politics and especially political activism related to information society and human rights. I'm a founding member and long-time activist of Finnish Pirate Party and I've attended some international pirate meetings. I've been a candidate in local, national and European parliamentary elections. I'm also currently a candidate at the 2017 local elections in Helsinki.

Since 2016 I've been a board member at Electronic Frontier Finland (Effi), which is affiliated with European Digital Rights (EDRi). I've done some lobbying for Effi, e.g. participated in expert hearings on information society legislation at parliamentary committees of the Finnish parliament. I'm also an active member of JEF Finland, and you might call me a bit of an EU nerd.

I was born in and currently live in Helsinki, Finland and my native language is Finnish.

You can contact me by contact form. Feel free to write in either English, Swedish or German, although I'll most likely reply in English. You can also follow me on Twitter.

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