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Matthias Spielkamp

Algorithm Watch and iRights.international
Matthias is a journalist and entrepreneur in Berlin. In 2016, he co-founded Algorithm Watch, an advocacy organisation focused on algorithmic accountability. In 2004, he co-funded 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 is the founder and director of IGF Academy, where Fellows from four African and four Asian countries work towards strengthening freedom of expression in their countries.

He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag on artificial intelligence and robotics, future developments of journalism, surveillance and more. Currently, Matthias is a Bucerius Fellow of the ZEIT foundation; 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.