Niels is a PhD candidate with the DATACTIVE Research Group at the Media Studies and Political Science department at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on how values, like human rights, 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 worked as Head of Digital for ARTICLE19 where he designed, fundraised, and set up the digital programme which covered the IETF, ICANN, IEEE and ITU. 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.