Christina Elmer


Christina Elmer is Professor of Digital Journalism and Data Journalism at TU Dortmund University. Previously, she worked in various positions in the editorial department of SPIEGEL, most recently as deputy head of development. From 2017 to 2019, she was part of the editorial team of SPIEGEL ONLINE. She is the second chairwoman of the association "Netzwerk Recherche" and was named "Science Journalist of the Year 2016" by "medium magazin." She also worked as a data journalist in the Investigative Research team at Stern magazine and at the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, and as a trainee at Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne and Münster. Studied journalism and biology at TU in Dortmund.

Lorenz Matzat

Co-Founder and Shareholder

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Lorenz Matzat is co-founder and shareholder of AlgorithmWatch. He is an organizational developer, currently working on a non-profit journalism project in Switzerland and is a visiting professor at the University of Leipzig. Until the beginning of 2022, he was Head of Research & Development at AlgorithmWatch.

Matthias Spielkamp

Executive Director, Co-Founder & Shareholder

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As co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch, Matthias is mainly responsible for AlgorithmWatch being honored with the Theodor Heuss Medal in 2018 and being nominated for the Grimme Online Award in 2019. He's a member of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). Matthias serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders, the advisory councils of Stiftung Warentest and the Whistleblower Network, and the Expert Committee on Communication/Information of Germany’s UNESCO Commission. He testified before committees of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the German Bundestag, and other institutions on automation and AI. Matthias is editor of the Automating Society reports and authored and edited books on digital journalism and internet governance. He holds master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder and in philosophy from the Free University of Berlin.