Ben Zevenbergen joined the Oxford Internet Institute to pursue a DPhil on the intersection of privacy law, technology, social science, and the Internet. He runs a side project that aims to establish ethics guidelines for Internet research, as well as working in multidisciplinary teams such as the EU funded Network of Excellence in Internet Science. He has worked on legal, political and policy aspects of the information society for several years. Most recently he was a policy advisor to an MEP in the European Parliament, working on Europe’s Digital Agenda. Previously Ben worked as an ICT/IP lawyer and policy consultant in the Netherlands. Bendert holds a degree in law, specialising in Information Law.
Privacy, ethics, internet governance, copyright, net neutrality
Positions held at the OII
- DPhil Student, October 2013 -
- Research Assistant, September 2012 -
February 2015 -
The Ethics in Networked Systems Research project exists to create an understanding of the social impact of high-tech Internet research and to facilitate a value-driven conversation between engineers and stakeholders.
May - August 2013
This project is developing concrete guidance with regards to privacy and data protection for researchers using Internet measurement tools for mobile phones in a usable and understandable format.
December 2012 - December 2013
This cross-national research project focuses on the operation and efficacy of age verification techniques as employed by the European online gambling industry, comparing this to practice in other industry sectors.
December 2011 - May 2015
EINS aims to strengthen scientific and technological excellence by developing an integrated and interdisciplinary scientific understanding of Internet networks and their co-evolution with society.
- Zevenbergen, B. (2013) Adventures in digital surveillance. European View 12 (2) 223-233.
- Zevenbergen, B., Mittelstadt, B., Véliz, C., Detweiler, C., Cath, C., Savulescu, J. and Whittaker, M. (2015) Philosophy Meets Internet Engineering: Ethics in Networked Systems Research. GTC Workshop Outcomes Paper. September 29, 2015.
- Nash, V., O'Connell, R., Zevenbergen, B., and Mishkin, A. (2014) Effective age verification techniques: Lessons to be learnt from the online gambling industry. Final Report.
- Zevenbergen, B., Brown,I., Wright, J., and Erdos, D. (2013) Ethical Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Connectivity Measurements. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
- Narayanan, A. and Zevenbergen, B. (2015) No Encore for Encore? Ethical Questions for Web-Based Censorship Measurement. September 24, 2015.
Thesis title to be confirmed.
Professor of Information Security and Privacy
20 January 2016 Financial Times
In an article on Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, Ben Zevenbergen is quoted asking whether we would want the type of surveillance this system enables.
12 August 2015 BBC News Technology
The City of London Police anti-piracy squad claims it has caused a steep fall in the number of advertisements appearing on copyright infringing sites. Ben Zevenbergen is quoted as saying the effect on website income may be negligible.
24 July 2014 Imperica
The weekly news digest of web-related matters of interest talked to Ben Zevenbergen about the ECJ 'right to be forgotten' ruling.
13 May 2014 BBC R2
Ben Zevenbergen comments on the Simon Mayo show on the ruling of the European Court of Justice that Google must take down contentious content about individuals if requested. (1:35:30 on the clock)
9 August 2013 BBC News Technology
On the 10th anniversary of The Pirate Bay file-sharing website, Ben Zevenbergen contributes to an examination of its legacy commenting on the cultural changes it brought about. It woke up the cultural world he says.
2 May 2013 Techdirt
OII Research Assistant, Ben Zevenbergen writes about proposed Communication Data Bill, also known as ‘Snooper’s Charter’. Among the expert commentators is Joss Wright.
Policy and Internet Blog on 15 Sep 2015 09:58AM
To maintain an open and working Internet, we need to make sense of how the complex and decentralised technical system operates. Research groups, governments, and companies have dedicated teams working on highly technical research and experimentation to [...]
Policy and Internet Blog on 12 Aug 2014 11:44AM
The control of information flows on the Internet is becoming more commonplace, in authoritarian regimes as well as in liberal democracies. Ben Zevenbergen and Jon Penney discuss their presentations at the (University of Toronto) Citizen Lab's summer [...]
Policy and Internet Blog on 7 Nov 2013 16:01PM
To make sense of today's increasingly complex Internet architecture, network researchers collect and share datasets of network measurements, from detailed individual-level traces to data aggregated on a regional level. The OII's Ben Zevenbergen discusses [...]