Freitag, 17. November 2017

Nominiert für den Deutschen Reporterpreis


To all the dear sources for this story.
Outstanding news. Our investigation for Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin was nominated for Germany's most prestigious award in journalism. Amongst the nominees, the winner will be published here on Dec 11th, 2017.

Donnerstag, 2. November 2017


Bildschirmfoto 2017-11-02 um 13.57.10

Here is our latest story in English - it's about the philosophy of information warfare. About things that started ten years ago in a small Eastern country and are happening right in the heart of the USA today...LINK


Freitag, 1. September 2017

DAS MAGAZIN: Der Unsichtbare Krieg


«Schau dich um, siehst du hier Maschinengewehre?» Das Besprechungszimmer in Anton Aspers Werbeagentur ist riesig, die Decken vier, vielleicht fünf Meter hoch. Kunst hängt an den Betonwänden. Am Ende des Raumes sieht man hinter Glasscheiben eine Handvoll modisch gekleideter Menschen, die auf Apple-Computern an Präsentationen basteln....

Conference at Kampnagel (Hamburg)

Kampnagel Grassegger

Kampnagel invited me to organize an event. So it became a conference on the influence of digital technologies and media on democracy.

We are witnessing a revolutionary redistribution of power. Since the campaigns for Brexit, Donald Trump and later on Emmanuel Macron, the public has become aware of how extensively social media tools like micro-targeting, bots and commercial surveillance are already being used to gain real political power. We ourselves have changed too. Fake news, meme-wars and conspiracy theories have shaken our belief in truth and facts; Online hate speech has altered how we even talk to each other.

11:00 AM

Short introduction and welcome by Hannes Grassegger and Lena Kollender ( Co-Curator International Summer Festival)

11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
PANEL: Disrupting Democracy

How does it work? Which are the foundations of digital exertion of influence? This panel will discuss techno-economic mechanisms that underlie the disruption of democracy. It will begin with an insight into the hidden data markets for personal data. through which information about citizens is increasingly flowing into the circulationCommercially available citizen information that has become of political the fundament to new opinion-forming processes. Then Antonio Garcia Martínez former advisor to Twitter and product manager for Facebook will show us how these mechanisms are used today.this data is being used to influence individuals. He has created Facebook’s ad-targeting system, which has become the decisive marketing mechanism for political campaigning. Paul Hilder, co-founder of Crowdpac, formerly vice president of and part of Bernie Sanders' campaigning-team for the US-presidential election in 2016 will show the democratic potentials of these developments.
WITH Richard Gutjahr (DE), Paul Hilder (UK), Antonio Garcia Martínez (US) MODERATION Hannes Grassegger (CH)

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

From Italy to Brexit – across Europe, digital political movements have recently been shaking the world of political parties. In this panel, Ulrike Guérot, leading visionary on the future of the European Union and professor for European politics and democracy research will discuss the strategies of Europe’s digital movements with experts from UK, Italy and Switzerland. Guardian reporter Carole Cadwalladr, who investigated the digital side of the Brexit campaign; Italian tech-journalist Fabio Chiusi (Espresso, WIRED) who has researched how the populist Italian MoVimento 5 Stelle pioneered digital campaigning, and Silvian Gisler, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director of Operation Libero who challenged the leading populist party through a no-money grassroots Facebook campaign.
WITH Carole Cadwalladr (UK), Fabio Chiusi (IT), Silvan Gisler (CH) MODERATION Ulrike Guérot (DE)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

New technologies are radically transforming our idea of community – and subsequently statehood. How will future states look like? And how should they look like? Disaster researcher Malka Older, author of the highly acclaimed cyberpunk thrillers "Infomocracy" and “Null States” will discuss digital governance with Shoshana Zuboff. Since the early 1980s Zuboff’s career has been devoted to the study of the rise of the digital, its individual, organizational, and social consequences. She coined the term “commercial surveillance” and is now working on her book "Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization".

This final discussion about new forms of digitalized governance and its impact on the individual will be moderated by one of the world’s leading experts on cyber security Samir Saran, Vice President of the Observer Research Foundation in Delhi.

WITH Malka Older (US, via Skype), Shoshana Zuboff, PhD (US, via Skype) MODERATION Samir Saran, PhD (IN) CO-CHAIR Hannes Grassegger (CH)

The Team:

Concept: Hannes Grassegger in cooperation with: Lena Kollender (Co-Curator International Summer Festival)

Stage Design: Johanna Landt
Stage Manager: Rados Vujaklija

There are videos of the sessions! Find them here:

ProPublica: Cooperating with Julia Angwin

Propublica Grassegger

So I had this trove of secret Facebook documents. Basically their rules of what you are allowed to see when on Facebook. My colleague Till Krause and me published two stories on the subject starting in late 2016. German law was changed through this. There is a clause now demanding transparency over the facebook censors' working conditions. It changed their job, and hopefully for the better.

But Facebook itself didn't seem to really listen to us writing in German, even if it came out in Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine. So I reached out to Julia Angwin, one of the finest reporters in the digital space. We met in Zürich and on we went...

Here is the full report.

Some weeks after the publication something strange happened. Not only had Facebook started to publish lengthy explanations of their secret censorship rules, also they changed their laws. Black kids now get special protection from Facebook. Thanks to Julia, Stephen, Georg, and Christian – and thanks to those hundreds of thousands of readers pushing the story globally making it having an impact.

Reporter Workshop Hamburg 2017

Grassegger Seibt Moser Mingels

Yo! Rechts und Links von mir lauter richtige Journalisten im Bild. Mingels, Seibt, Moser. Ich hab denen gesagt, ich sei der Hausmeister.

Ehrenvolle Einladung am Jahrestreffen des Deutschen Reportagejournalismus sprechen zu dürfen. SPIEGEL Gebäude Hamburg, Reporter Workshop 2017. Hier gibt's die Mitschnitte meines Vortrags und der Diskussion. Und hier ist die Ankündigung gewesen.

Armen Avanessian vs Hannes Grassegger

Grassegger Avanessian Engel

Armen Avanessian vs Hannes Grassegger, rechts Ludwig Engel

«Im Rahmen von Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets. begegnen sich beide Autoren das erste Mal persönlich: Linke Theorie trifft auf investigativen Neoliberalismus, um aus gegensätzlichen Positionen über den Einfluss von Big Data, Algorithmen und Digitalisierung und ihre Auswirkungen auf Individuum und Gesellschaft zu streiten.»

Thx an Bunker München. Nina Pettinato, Ludwig Engel, Joanna Kamm und natürlich Armen Avanessian.

Übrigens: Hier erhältlich der Reader voller Raubkopien.



Donnerstag, 8. Juni 2017

SZ-Magazin: Revisiting Facebook's Censors



Revisiting Facebook. Our second piece on the secretive outsourced Facbook Censorship facility in Berlin. Out now via SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MAGAZIN.

Here you find more about the first investigation.

UPDATE: Interview auf DEUTSCHLANDFUNK zu unserer Recherche.

Dienstag, 25. April 2017

DAS MAGAZIN – Die Zukunft des Krieges


Interview mit David Rodin, einem der führenden Kriegsethiker der westlichen Welt über personalisierte Kriegsführung; Drohnen; Cyberwar; den Ausnahmezustand als Normalzustand und die Zukunft des Krieges. Für DAS MAGAZIN.

German language interview about the future of warfare with David Rodin, one of the world's leading war philosophers and influential advisor to the US and UK military amongst others.

Montag, 10. April 2017

French TV Interview: ARTE - Bits

HannesGrassegger ARTE TV 2017

Did Cyberpunk see the future of digital power? Awesome piece franco-german TV-Station ARTE did about our story on TRUMP, BREXIT and CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA. Click here

Mittwoch, 25. Januar 2017

English version of our piece on Cambridge Analytica and Donald Trump


Here is the link to the English version, published in Motherboard.

Update: great summary of the discussion which followed our report.


Dienstag, 17. Januar 2017

Events with Hannes Grassegger


Check my events, let's meet and get in touch. Just drop me a line here.

Tue 31.7.2018 Zürich - Efficiency Club. Bistro Mère Catherine. Geschlossene Veranstaltung

Fr/Sa 13/14.4.2018 Hamburg - tbc

Tue-Su 11.-15.4.2018 Perugia - Journalism Festival

Fr 3.2.2018 Hamburg - Disrupting Democracy III, mit Georg Diez, Julius van de Laar. Offene Veranstaltung, Sparche: Deutsch. Details folgen.

Fr 12.1.2018 Zürich - Mercator Kolleg. Referat zur Theorie des Informationskriegs.


13.12.17 Zürich - 1830. Krypto-Cash-Abend. Was ist das eigentlich: Digitalgeld. Einführunsgespräch. Alle Fragen erlaubt. Host: Johannes Gees von WeMakeIt. Kosmos, Europaallee, Zürich. Offene Veranstaltung, Sprache: Deutsch. Details hier.

Fr 1.12.17 Zürich - 19h. "Wie wird in Zukunft Krieg geführt?" Cyberwar-Themenabend. Paneldiskussion mit Vertretern der Schweizer Streitkräfte. Anschliessend offener Workshop: "Wie retten wir den Weltfrieden?". Zentrum Karl der Grosse. Beginn des Abends um 18h. Panel um 19h. Details hier

Sa 25.11.2017 Göteborg - time tbc. Discussion at the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. University of the Arts. Invitation by Markus Miessen. Discussion with Prof. Stephan Trüby and Metahaven. Have a glimpse here. More soon.

Fr 24.11.2017 BruxellesDisrupting Democracy Pt. 3 @Galerie Conradi. Via Skype. More soon. Postponed.

Thu 9.11.2017 Straßburg - 9am - 530pm, Palais de l'Europe. Lightning talk speaker and panelist at the World Forum for Democracy. Here is their interesting program. Until July 11th those who are interested to join and are below 30 can apply here.

Mo 6.11.2017 MünchenMunichRe, internal presentation on the challenges of data-based political profiling and targeting.

Thu 2.11.2017 Luzern - 1740h öffentlicher Vortrag: "Wahlmanipulation mit Big Data - Ist Demokratie heute käuflich?" (Einlass 1715h). Im D4 Business Village Luzern.

Thu 26.10.2017 Frankfurt - 18.30h, Verleihung des Helmut Schmidt-Journalistenpreises, bei dem Till Krause und ich den 1. Platz gemacht haben mit der Reportage "Im Netz des Bösen" zu den Facebook-Zensoren. Mehr hier.

Sa 21.10.2017 Zürich - 14.15h. Volkshaus Zürich. "Disrupting Democracy Pt. 2". Panel Discussion on Platform Governance and the Italian MoVimento 5 Stelle with Italian reporter Fabio Chiusi at the annual Swiss Reporter Forum. By reservation only. English language. Click here for DETAILS.

Fr 20.10.2017 KarlsruheZKM. Digital Content-Moderation of the 4th Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation. Keynote & discussionsw with Peter Sloterdijk, Hito Steyerl & Peter Weibel. Public Event. Full Day. Click here for DETAILS.

Fr 13.10.2017 München - top secret bis zur Verleihung.

Mi 11.10.2017 Basel - 11.45h-12.45h, «Is Technology Sexist». Presentation. By invitation of Prof. Chus Martinez. Public Presentations feat Emily Segal & Paul Feigelfeld at the "International Symposium", Aula (Main Building), Institute of the Arts, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz. Click here for Details

Thu 21.9.2017 Solothurn – 14.30 Eröffnungsrede anlässlich des Schweizer Jahreskongresses der Wissenschaftskommunikation "ScienceComm 17". Titel: "Die ganze Wahrheit über Cambridge Analytica". LINK.

Mo 21.8.2017 Paderborn - 9.30 - 11am. Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance. Panel on "Social Media and Politics". An initiative of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Hamburg, in cooperation with the Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung, Munich. Place: Heinz Nixdorf Museums-Forum.

Sa 19.8.2017 Hamburg - Theater Kampnagel. "Disrupting Democracy" International conference on the digital disruption of the nation state. From data markets to virtual states. LINK. Curated by Hannes Grassegger & Lena Kollender.

So 9.7.2017 Manchester – 2pm, Panel with Carol Cadwalladr (Guardian), engineer Chi Onwurah and lawyer Ravi Naik on the role of microtargeting during the Brexit referendum. BlueDot Festival.

22.6.2017 Berlin - 11.35am, “Wie Facebook Leben schenkt und Leichen löscht." Vortrag bei der gemeinsamen Tagung von EKD & Jugendmedienschutz, Villa Elisabeth, Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin-Mitte. Hier Mehr

25.5.2017 Zürich - 1830h-20h. Skype Session with Malka Older, Science Fiction author of "Infomocracy". Denkraum Zürich, 4. OG, Museum Strauhof. Right above James Joyce Foundation.

20.5.2017 Hamburg - 10am, REPORTER-WORKSHOP 2017, «Big Picture statt Big Data - wie man Digitalisierung erzählt». SPIEGEL Gebäude. Nur nach Anmeldung. LINK

26.4.2017 München - 19h, BNKR «ZUKUNFT vs. GEGENWART» Diskussion mit Armen Avanessian im BUNKR (link). Ungererstraße 158. Eintritt frei.

7.-8.4.2017 Tallinn - 9am, National Library of Estonia. Platform Shift - Season 3 - Creative Forum. More info.

6.4.2017 Speyer - 17.15, Aula der Deutschen Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer, 6. Speyerer Forum zur digitalen Lebenswelt «Auf dem Weg ins Maschinenzeitalter». Details hier f.a.

1.4.2017 Zürich - 14.30-1545, Schiffbau Zürich, M4Music-Festival, Blockchain - mehr als ein Hype? Zu den Potenzialen der Blockchain im Musikbereich. Link zu M4Music Ankündigung.

14.3.2017 Herrliberg - 18.15 -19.30, Vogtei Herrliberg. "Meine Meinung! Meine Meinung? – Meinungsbildung in der Welt von fake news, microtargeting und social media." Diskussion mit Jonas Projer (Moderator SRF), Prof. Werner Wirth (UZH), Roger Wüthrich (Konzernleitung Swisscom). Zum Flyer

11.3.2017 - 25.3.2018 Lenzburg - Stapferhaus, Beitrag zur "Heimat" Ausstellung. Meine Vision für eine Heimat, die auf der ganzen Welt zuhause ist. Mit Beiträgen von Zygmunt Baumann bis Hartmut Rosa. Infos hier.

8.3.2017 Luzern. - 14h, Vortrag an der Schweizer Journalistenschule MAZ: Microtargeting - Die Digitale Politik des 21. Jahrhundert. Details hier.

5.3.2017 Lausanne - 14h, Internal discussion for the fellows of the Montreux Jazz Academy. On data ownership and the potential of the Blockchain. Montreux Jazz Festival.

20.1.2017 Zürich - 19h, Theater Neumarkt. LIVE AUS DEN USA. Mit Georg Diez ua. Wir kommentieren live den Amtsantritt von Donald Trump. Digitalisierung der Demokratie. Mehr hier.

6.1.2017 Murten - Mercator Kolleg im Schloss Münchenwiler, Kamingespräch mit Politgeograf Michael Hermann zur Digitalisierung der Demokratie. Geschlossene Gesellschaft.

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