Hannes Grassegger

Technology Reporter

As an investigative tech-journalist Hannes Grassegger works on threats posed by disinformation, microtargeting and digital campaigning. An economist by training (Berlin & Zürich University), Hannes writes about how networked technology changes our economy and the way we live. He has covered targeting technologies, information warfare, blockchain, the emergence of anti-tech movements and the governance of social media companies like Facebook or TikTok. He is the author of a book on new models of ownership of personal data. Hannes has appeared in several documentaries, and commented on tech, campaigning and disinformation on the BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera and others. His work has appeared in outlets such as Financial Times Germany, Der Spiegel, Die ZEIT, and has been translated into many languages.

His articles and essays have been published and translated globally from The Guardian, Die ZEIT, Der Spiegel, Internazionale, Süddeutsche Zeitung, ProPublica, Buzzfeed, Das Magazin (CH), NZZ to the Financial Times Germany.

He serves as the technology reporter for Das Magazin (Zürich), Switzerland's leading weekly, and has served as a staff writer for Reportagen, a leading long-form magazine.

Hannes is the author of Das Kapital bin ich (2014), a book promoting property rights for personal data could to increase security, efficiency and transparency for citizens. He is regularly commenting for broadcasters such as CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, ZDF and Deutschlandfunk.

Awards and scholarships (selection): Fellow at the Wilson Center Washington D.C. (2018), Gerald-Loeb Award for Beat Reporting (2018), Swiss Media Price for Financial Journalism (2018), Wächterpreis (2018), Deutscher Journalistenpreis (2017), Helmut-Schmidt Preis (2017), Zürcher Journalistenpreis (2016), Dr. Georg Schreiber Preis (2012).

He holds a BA in economics from Humboldt University, Berlin and an MA from the University of Zürich.

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