Niels ten Oever is a PhD candidate with the DATACTIVE Research Group at the Media Studies department and affiliated with the Political Science department at the University of Amsterdam, and the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil. His research focuses on how values get inscribed in the Internet infrastructure through its transnational governance.
Niels tries to understand how invisible infrastructures provide a socio-technical ordering in our societies and how that might influence the distribution of wealth, power and possibilities.
Previously Niels has worked as Head of Digital for ARTICLE19 where he designed, fundraised, and set up the digital programme which covered the Internet Engineering Taskforce, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Institute for Electric and Electrionic Engineers, and the International Telecommunications Union. Before that Niels designed and implemented freedom of expression projects with Free Press Unlimited. He holds a cum laude MA in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam.