Peer-Reviewed Journal articles

Becker, Christoph, Niels ten Oever, and Riccardo Nanni. 2024. Interrogating the Standardisation of Surveillance in 5G amid US–China Competition. Information, Communication & Society, 1–18.

ten Oever, Niels, and Christoph Becker. 2024. Infrastructural Insecurity: Geopolitics in the Standardization of Telecommunications Networks. Media International Australia, January.

Maxigas, and Niels ten Oever. 2023. Geopolitics in the Infrastructural Ideology of 5G. Global Media and China, August, Sage Journals.

ten Oever, Niels. 2022. 5G and the notion of network ideology, or: the limitations of sociotechnical imaginaries, Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2022.102442

ten Oever, Niels, Corinne Cath, Mirja Kühlewind, and Colin Perkins. Report from the IAB Workshop on Analyzing IETF Data (AID) 2021. Request for Comments. Internet Engineering Task Force, September 2022. DOI: 10.17487/RFC9307.

ten Oever, Niels., Milan, S. 2022. The Making of International Communication Standards: Towards a Theory of Power in Standardization, Journal of Standardisation 1 (1), TU Delft 

ten Oever, Niels. 2021. Norm conflict in the governance of transnational and distributed i­nfrastructures: the case of Internet routing Globalizations, Taylor and Francis. DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2021.1953221

ten Oever, Niels. 2021. “‘This is not how we imagined it’ – Technological Affordances, Economic Drivers and the Internet Architecture Imaginary” New Media & Society, SAGE.

ten Oever, Niels. 2018. Productive Contestation, Civil Society, and Global Governance: Human Rights as a Boundary Object in ICANN Policy & Internet.

ten Oever, Niels, and Corinne Cath. 2017. Research into Human Rights Protocol Considerations. RFC8280. Request for Comments. Internet Engineering Task Force. DOI: 10.17487/RFC8280.

Milan, Stefania, and Niels ten Oever. 2016. Coding and Encoding Rights in Internet Infrastructure. Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Grassroots Ordering in Internet Governance. Internet Policy Review 6 (1).

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Kristoff, John, Moritz Müller, Arturo Filastò, Max Resing, Chris Kanich, and Niels ten Oever. 2024. “Internet Sanctions on Russian Media: Actions and Effects.” In Free and Open Communications on the Internet 2024, 1:1–12. 

Becker, Christoph., ten Oever, Niels, and Riccardo Nanni. “The standardisation of lawful interception technologies in the 3GPP: interrogating 5G and surveillance amid US-China competition“, TPRC2022, Washington DC

ten Oever, Niels. 2021. “5G and the Notion of Network Ideology, or: The Limitations of Sociotechnical Imaginaries.” In Giganet Annual Symposium 2021 Proceedings. Katowice: Giganet, Internet Governance Forum

Dunajcsik, Peter “Maxigas,” and Niels ten Oever. 2021. “Geopolitics in the Infrastructural Ideologies of 5G.” AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, AOIR2021

ten Oever, Niels. 2021. “The Quantum State of Infrastructure Reconfiguration in 5G.” In Selected Papers in Internet Research 2021. Research from the Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. AOIR 2021.

Book Chapters

ten Oever, Niels. 2023 under consideration. ‘The Quantum State of Topological Infrastructure Reconfigurations: the case of 5G’. In eds. S. Matviyenko, and K. Hilstob, Cyberwar Topologies. MIT Press

ten Oever, Niels. 2022.  5G, Community Networks, Standardization, and the Human Rights to Science and Technological Self Determination. In eds Luca Belli and Senka Hadzic, Community Networks as Enablers of Human Rights, 49–56. Official Outcome of the UN IGF Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: FGV Direito Rio, 2022. 

Hadzic, Senka., Belli, Luca., ten Oever, Niels., Rennó, Raquel., Huerta, Erik., Baca, Carlos., Velasco, Karla.,McKnight,   Lee W. 2022. Community Networks as Human Rights Enablers. In eds Luca Belli and Senka Hadzic, Community Networks as Enablers of Human Rights, 25–48. Official Outcome of the UN IGF Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: FGV Direito Rio, 2022. 

ten Oever, Niels. 2021. The metagovernance of internet governance. In eds. B. Haggart, N. Tusikov, and J.A. Scholte, Power and Authority in Internet Governance: Return of the State?. Routledge Global Cooperation Series

ten Oever, N., Milan, S., & Beraldo, D. (2020). Studying Discourse in Internet Governance through Mailing-list Analysis. In D. L. Cogburn, L. DeNardis, N. S. Levinson, & F. Musiani (Eds.), Research Methods in Internet Governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Frank Jørgensen, Rikke., Bloch Veiberg, Cathrine., and ten Oever, Niels. (2019). ‘Information and communication technologies (ICT): Exploring the human rights impact of the ICT sector‘ in: Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessments. Edited by. Nora Götzmann, Elgar Publishing


Knodel, Mallory., Uhlig, Ulrike., ten Oever, Niels., Cath, Corinne. (2020) How the Internet Really Works: An Illustrated Guide to Protocols, Privacy, Censorship, and Governance. No Starch Press, San Francisco, United States. 

ten Oever, Niels. (2020). Wired Norms: Inscription, resistance, and subversion in the governance of the Internet infrastructure. Ph.D thesis, University of Amsterdam


ten Oever, Niels. (2020). ‘Cybernetica, dataficatie en surveillance in de polder‘ in: Ni Dieu, Ni Maitre. Festschrift for Ruud Kaulingfreks. Waardenwerk, Journal for Humanistic Studies, SWP.

ten Oever, Niels. 2018. Up to Whose Standards? Privacy, Freedom & Human Rights, IEEE Standards University, 9 (3).

ten Oever, Niels, and Davide Beraldo. 2018. Routes to rights: internet architecture and values in times of ossification and commercialization. XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students – Pseudonimity and Anonymity Volume 24 Issue 4, Summer 2018 Pages 28-31.

ten Oever, Niels, and Kathleen Moriarty, eds. 2018. The Tao of IETF: A Novice’s Guide to the Internet Engineering Task Force. IETF.

Course Manuals

Data Futures Lab, University of Amsterdam, June 2022

Work in progress

Grover, Gurshabad, and Niels ten Oever. 2020. Guidelines for Human Rights Protocol and Architecture Considerations

Arkko, J., Trammel, B., Nottingham, M., Huitema, C., Thomson, M., Tantsura, M., ten Oever, N. 2020. Considerations on Internet Consolidation and the Internet Architecture

ten Oever, Niels, and Gisela Perez de Acha. 2019. Freedom of Association on the Internet

ten Oever, Niels. 2019. Notes on networking standards and politics

Knodel, Mallory, and Niels ten Oever. 2018. Terminology, Power and Oppressive Language

Martini, Beatrice, and Niels ten Oever. 2018. QUIC Human Rights Review

Abraham, Sunil., Canales, Maria Paz., Hall, Joseph Lorenzo., Khrustaleva, Olga., Ten Oever, Niels., Runnegar, Christine., Sahib, Shivan Kaul. 2018. Implementation Report for HTTP Status Code 451