Niels ten Oever

Real name

Member for

7 years 6 months

First name


Last name

ten Oever


Article 19



Author Profile

Niels ten Oever is Head of Digital at Article 19.[1] and is facilitating the Cross Community Working Party on ICANN's Corporate and Social Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

Niels' first ICANN meeting was ICANN 49 in Singapore. He is involved in NCUC and the GNSO and has (co-)authored several responses for Article19 and the NCSG to improve ICANN's transparency and accountability.[1]

Niels ten Oever has designed and implemented large freedom of expression projects in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa and Afghanistan. Niels started off working on radio when he got bitten by the Linux bug. After that he increasingly worked on websites, apps, internet governance, digital rights and digital security. Why? Because technology can support democratic processes by improving freedom of expression, access to information and organizing. Peer-to-peer is far more interesting than one-to-many.

Niels is a free and open source software enthusiast who has trained journalists in reporting, digital security, and media production. He holds a cum laude research MA in philosophy and literary sciences from the University of Amsterdam.[2]