AlgorithmWatch was founded as an initiative by Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Lorenz Matzat, Matthias Spielkamp and Katharina Anna Zweig. The non-profit organisation (gGmbH) is run by Lorenz Matzat and executive director Matthias Spielkamp.
is a journalist and software entrepeneur in Berlin with a focus on data journalism and interactive applications.
is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch (Theodor Heuss Medal 2018, Grimme Online Nominee 2019). He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag on AI and automation. Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the advisory councils of Stiftung Warentest and the Whistleblower Network. He is a member of the steering committee of the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF-D and has been a fellow of ZEIT Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator and the American Council on Germany. Matthias founded the online magazine mobilsicher.de, reporting on security of mobile devices, with an audience of more than 170,000 readers monthly. He's written and edited books on digital journalism and Internet governance and was named one of 15 architects building the data-driven future by Silicon Republic. He holds master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder and in Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin.