Niels ten Oever is Head of Digital at ARTICLE 19, a global non-profit organisation that defends freedom of expression and information.

Niels has designed and implemented freedom of expression projects in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Europe, Brazil and Afghanistan and worked on global Internet governance issues in ICANN, IETF, IEEE and ITU.

Niels serves on the board of the Internet Society Netherlands and is adviser for On Our Radar. He is a free and open source software enthusiast who has trained journalists, activists and human rights defenders in reporting, activist engagement, maintenance of internet forums, digital security, and media production.

Niels holds a cum laude research MA in philosophy from the University of Amsterdam where he currently is a PhD candidate in the topic of Data Activism.