Ben Zevenbergen

 Ben Zevenbergen

Ben is an OII DPhil student and Research Assistant working on the EU Internet Science project.


Tel: +44 (0)1865 612330


Bendert Zevenbergen joined the Oxford Internet Institute in 2012 to work on the EU Internet Science project. 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 Bendert worked as an ICT/IP lawyer and policy consultant in the Netherlands. Bendert holds a degree in law, specialising in Information Law.

Research interests

internet governance, copyright, virtual communities, privacy

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil Student, October 2013 -
  • Research Assistant, September 2012 -


Current projects

  • EINS: Network of Excellence in Internet Science

    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.

Past projects




Thesis title to be confirmed.


  • Professor Ian Brown

    Associate Director (Cyber Security Centre) and Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor


  • Drivetime

    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)

  • The Pirate Bay: BitTorrent site sails to its 10th birthday

    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.

  • Digital Surveillance Report Exposes Short-Sightedness In UK Law-Making And Shows The Way Forward

    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.