Algorithm Watch was founded by Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Lorenz Matzat, Matthias Spielkamp and Katharina Anna Zweig.
Lorena is the executive director of AlgorithmWatch, a non-profit organisation to evaluate and shed light on algorithmic and automatization processes that have a social relevance. Her work focuses on philosophy of law and ethics of automatization and digitization. Lorena has been appointed by the Spanish government as a member of the Council of the Wise on Artificial Intelligence and Data Politics. 2018 she was elected by the Cotec Foundation as a member of its 100 experts for social change and innovation for her work on automatization and ethics. Lorena is a Bucerius Fellow of the Zeit Stiftung. She is a founder of the Dynamic Coalition on Publicness of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. She also serves as the head of the secretariat of the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and on the expert advisory board of the Code Red initiative against mass surveillance. She has been consulted by international institutions, governments and corporations and testified before several governmental committees in diverse countries. Lorena has co-authored several books on Internet Governance and lectures and writes regularly on data protection, privacy, discrimination and the public sphere.
is a journalist and software entrepeneur in Berlin with a focus on data journalism and interactive applications.
is founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info, which in 2006 received the Grimme Online Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for online journalism. He testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. Currently, Matthias is a Bucerius Fellow of ZEIT-Stiftung; in 2015/16 he was a Fellow at Stiftung Mercator. 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. 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. He has contributed to publications like MIT Technology Review and Die Zeit and he has been quoted by Engadget, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wired and many others. In 2017 he was named one of 15 architects building the data-driven future by Silicon Republic.
Prof. Dr. Katharina Anna Zweig
studied biochemistry and bioinformatics at the University Tübingen where she also received her Dr. in Computer science, working on the analysis of complex networks. Postdoc in statistical biophysics at the ELTE University Budapest (2008-2009), leader of an independent research group on “Graph theory and complex network analysis” at the IWR at the University Heidelberg (2009-2012), now working as professor on the same topic at TU Kaiserslautern. She was the main initiator of the new field of study called “Socioinformatics” and coordinates this program since its start in 2013. She is a junior fellow of the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik) and was selected as one of 39 “digital leaders” (Digitale Köpfe) in 2014. Her research is in network analysis literacy, the question on when to use which methods in the analysis of complex networks, and algorithm accountability, the question of how to make algorithms accountable for their effects and side effects on society.