Matthias works as a journalist, activist and entrepreneur in Berlin. He is one of the founders of AlgorithmWatch
. Before, he co-founded the online magazine iRights.info
– about legal issues in the digital world, which in 2006 received the Grimme Online Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for online journalism. He now serves as its publisher. Matthias also founded the IGF Academy
, where he works with stakeholders form the Global South to establish Internet Governance structures in their countries. As a consultant and trainer Matthias has worked with journalists in Germany, South-Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East for more than 15 years. He testified before three committees of the German Bundestag on future developments of journalism, oversight of intelligence agencies and copyright regulation. Currently, Matthias is a Bucerius Fellow of ZEIT-Stiftung; in 2015/16 he was a Fellow at Stiftung Mercator. He serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders
and the advisory council of the Whistleblower Network
. In the steering committee of the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF-D)
, he acts as co-chair for the academia and civil society stakeholder groups. Matthias has co-authored and edited several books on Internet governance, journalism and copyright regulation and holds master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin.