ARTICLE 19’s Team Digital works on ensuring the Internet is strengthened as a human rights enabling space. It does so by focusing on Internet infrastructure and assessing its (potential) impact on human rights. This encompasses work in Internet governance fora, Internet standards and working with infrastructure operators.


Niels ten OeverNiels ten Oever

Head of Digital

Niels has designed and implemented freedom of expression projects in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Brazil and Afghanistan and worked on human rights considerations in global Internet governance bodies such as ICANN, IETF, IEEE and ITU.

Niels is a free and open source software enthusiast who has trained journalists, activists and human rights defenders in reporting, activist engagement strategies in Internet governance fora, 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.



Mehwish Ansari Mehwish Ansari

Programme Assistant

Mehwish leads ARTICLE 19's engagement at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), including its work regarding the ITU-T, ITU-D, and Council processes. Previously, Mehwish worked on digital rights issues at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as part of the Speech, Privacy & Technology Project and the Human Rights Program. She holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, where she studied the differential impact of state censorship regimes on freedom of expression online.



Collin Kurre Collin Kurre

Programme Assistant

Collin facilitates the day-to-day operations of the Digital Programme, focussing on activities in ICANN and Human Rights Impact Assessments in particular. Prior to joining ARTICLE 19, Collin served as the Policy and Communications Officer at Internet & Jurisdiction, and worked with the Center for Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) in Buenos Aires. With a background in literature, she holds an MA in Development Management from the Universidad de San Martín in Argentina and an MA in Public Policy from Georgetown University, where she specialized in the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.



Amelia Andersdotter Amelia Andersdotter

Consultant (Technical Advisor)

Amelia represents ARTICLE 19 in its work on human rights in WiFi standards at the IEEE, and in its monitoring work of HTTP status code 451. She has worked with internet policy advocacy since 2006. As a member of the European Parliament she worked on sectoral regulations promoting competition and interplay between technical and legal standards, as well as copyright reform. She now does policy research in the field of consumer rights in technology, privacy and data protection as well as IT security policies and continues to be an avid supporter of open standards and open software. She holds a BSc in mathematics from the University of Lund, with an additional two years of studies in business law.


Vidushi MardaVidushi Marda

Internet of Rights Fellow and Policy Advisor

Vidushi’s research focusses on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence and algorithmic accountability. She represents ARTICLE 19 at the IEEE’s Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. She also works on human rights considerations in internet governance, particularly in research and policy discussions at ICANN. She holds a B.A., LL.B (Hons) from Christ University.





Alp TokerAlp Toker

Internet of Rights Fellow

Alp Toker is founder of internet shutdown watchdog Turkey Blocks and chief technologist at TVHI Media Lab, the R&D group behind NewsKit, a suite of secure publishing, verification and investigative tools for journalists. Alp is currently heading up development of a technology platform that can detect and classify mass-scale social media censorship and internet restrictions in real-time to identify emerging threats to media freedom and freedom of expression online.

Alp studied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh and coordinates research on immersive storytelling, Virtual Reality and algorithmic journalism as part of his work at the lab. Over the last year he has run workshops with Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House and Columbia School of Journalism, writing and reporting for international news outlets on the intersection of conflict and cyber-security and working to enable the free and independent exchange of information online.


Ihtisham KhalidIhtisham Khalid

Internet of Rights Fellow

Ihtisham is an Indigenous research fellow at National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan where he currently works on CPM estimators for 5G future networks as Master’s thesis. He is from the faculty of Electrical Engineering at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES), Pakistan. Ihtisham holds Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering with majors in telecommunication and computer networks from NUCES with Dean List of Honor. He is an alumnus of various internet governance schools including PKSIG, INSIG, APSIG and APIGA. He currently manages secretariat of Pakistan School on Internet Governance (PKSIG) and Pakistan Internet Governance Forum (PKIGF). His interest includes technical aspects of internet governance and organizations like ICANN, IEEE, IETF and ITU. As an ARTICLE 19 Internet of Rights fellow, Ihtisham’s work focuses on the architectural vulnerabilities in IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard.



Olga KhrustalevaOlga Khrustaleva

Internet of Rights Fellow

Olga Khrustaleva is PhD candidate at American University School of Communication, former Google Policy Fellow at NGO Derechos Digitales (Digital Rights) and Fulbright alumna. Olga's research focuses on Internet governance, digital human rights, freedom of expression and the role of technology in political processes. Her doctoral dissertation explores Internet development in Cuba and its implications.
Olga holds a MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri and has worked as a journalist, producer and videographer in the US, Latin America and her home country Russia. She holds a BA in Foreign Languages and International Relations.

As an ARTICLE 19 Internet of Rights fellow Olga is doing research on human rights considerations of IETF protocols, and specifically on censorship and the use of status code 451.