Halina Wawzyniak was born in 1973 in Königs Wusterhausen. She is a lawyer and was the Deputy Chair of the German party Die Linke (The Left) from 2008 to 2012. From 2005 to 2009 she was legal advisor to the Die Linke parliamentary group. Since 2009 she has been a member of the German Bundestag. Now she is the speaker on legal and internet policy for the Die Linke parliamentary group and a member of the Committee for Law and Consumer Protection and the Chair of the Left in the Digital Agenda Committee.
Dirk von Gehlen directs the department of Social Media/Innovation at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and is engaged with the digital transformation of culture, community and business. In addition to his activities as author and speaker, he runs the Digitale-notitzen.de blog, and has the Twitter handle @dvg.
Henry Steinhau works as a freelance journalist and author in Berlin. He regularly publishes pieces at iRights.info and ‘Publik’, amongst many others . He also lectures, moderates debates and discussions, and runs seminars on the basics of journalism and contemporary media-culture. He is a member of the honorary board of Freischreiber e.V., the professional association of freelance journalists in Germany.
Gerhard Seiler beschäftigt sich als Medienpädagoge mit den Themen digitale Inklusion sowie Bildung und Teilhabe in der digitalen Gesellschaft. Er ist beim „21st Century Competence Center“ für den Arbeitsbereich Strategie & Innovation verantwortlich. Zuvor war er Geschäftsführer der „Stiftung Digitale Chancen“ und hat Projekte bei der Stiftung „Haus der kleinen Forscher“ und bei der Bundesinitiative Schulen ans Netz e. V. geleitet.
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Stefan Mey studied sociology and publicity, comes from Halle and lives in Berlin. He is a freelance journalist and looks at the interrelationships between technology, economics and society. (Twitter: @OmyDot)
Finn Mayer-Kuckuk has reported for over ten years from East Asia, focussing on economic and technology issues. A trained sinologist and japanologist, he previously worked for the Handelsblatt and is currently a reporter for the Dumont Media Group.
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger was Federal Justice Minister of Germany from 1992 to 1996 and from 2009 to 2013. As a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe she was also a member of the Committee for Law and Human Rights from 2003 to 2009.
Imogen Goodman is a freelance journalist from the UK with a particular interest in politics, finance and tech. For the past few years, she has been writing extensively about the gambling industry for a range of publications. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree at Freie Universität Berlin.
Martin Einsiedler, born in Leutkirch in 1978, has worked as a sports journalist since 2008, specialising in sports policy. His dissertation on the reunification of German sports in the years 1989/90 was published by the publishing house Meyer & Meyer in 2011. Einsiedler writes for publications including Tagesspiegel and Zeit Online.
Jan Philipp Albrecht, born 1982, studied legal science in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin, as well as a Masters course in IT law in Hanover and Oslo. He has been a representative in the European parliament since 2009. He is deputy chair of the Interior and Legal Committee, and speaker on internal and legal matters for the Green parliamentary group.