Markus Beckedahl

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Markus Beckedahl (* 1976 in Bonn ) is a German network activist and journalist from Berlin . He was best known as the editor-in-chief of the blog , which he founded in 2002 and deals with information society issues. is one of the best-known German-language blogs and was awarded the Grimme Online Award in 2014.


Beckedahl in 2009 at a vigil against the Access Restriction Act in front of the Brandenburg Gate

Beckedahl completed an apprenticeship as an IT businessman and, together with Andreas Gebhard, founded the company newthinking communications GmbH in 2003 , an Internet agency with political aspirations. In the following year the two founded the Newthinking Store , a store specializing in Open Source and Linux . This was liquidated in 2011.

Beckedahl is a founding partner of the Newthinking company and was most recently a senior advisor before retiring from operational business in 2013. He advised political organizations and companies for the agency. Beckedahl is responsible for Newthinking 's re: publica conference, which he founded in 2007 together with Spreeblick , a German-language conference on topics relating to digital society and social media .

The blog, founded in 2002, belonged to newthinking communications GmbH until 2016 - that is how the permanent editors were employed there - but according to its own information, the blog was editorially independent of the agency business. The specially founded association eV has been the owner since 2016 . Through detailed reporting on the blog and corresponding calls, the Beckedahl editorial team generates the attention of citizens to deal with network policy issues and to talk to their politicians about them, such as software patents , data retention , the telecom package or copyright legislation. Beckedahl was also active as a lobbyist for digital civil rights in Brussels and in 2005 was a member of the government delegation to the 2nd World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) of the United Nations in Tunis as a representative of the German “Coordination Group of Non-Governmental Organizations” . He is a co-author of the “Charter of Civil Rights for a Sustainable Knowledge Society”, which emerged from this context. He is also an official supporter of the Freedom Instead of Fear demonstration .

As part of the 2009 Bundestag election campaign, Beckedahl and Falk Lüke carried out five joint short studies on the subject of "Politics in Web 2.0" from summer 2008. The studies determined figures for the presence of the parties, their top politicians and their youth organizations in the social network. The results of the studies were regularly received by the media.

Beckedahl was a lecturer on open source and social media in the context of seminars at the University of Mannheim and on the subject of open business at the Ludwigsburg Film Academy . On March 23, 2010 Beckedahl was appointed by the Greens as an expert in the Enquete Commission Internet and Digital Society , of which he was a member until its graduation in 2013.

Since 2007 he has been active at Creative Commons Germany, where he is a volunteer project manager for public relations and community building. He is also the honorary spokesman for the Digital Society , which he co-founded and was chairman of for a while. Together with Alexandra Hölzer , Beckedahl was the spokesman for the now inactive Network New Media (NNM), which saw itself as a civil society lobby organization.

Since 2010 he has written the column "Digital Society" in the features section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at irregular intervals and for numerous other print media.

Party political ties

Beckedahl was a member of the federal executive committee of the Green Youth from 2002 to 2003 and co-founded the Green Youth NRW. In the Green Youth he coordinated the “Specialist Forum New Media” (1999–2004), so during this period he was responsible for topics such as (new) media, technology policy and civil rights. He was significantly involved in the development of network policy decisions by the Green Youth and Alliance 90 / The Greens . In 2009, he described himself as a “classic map body” with regard to his membership of the Greens.

Warning from Deutsche Bahn

Beckedahl is one of the co-founders of the
re: publica conference alongside (from left) Johnny Haeusler , Tanja Haeusler and Andreas Gebhard

Beckedahl received a warning from Deutsche Bahn in February 2009 for making the internal memo of the Berlin state data protection officer Alexander Dix on the Deutsche Bahn data affair available. The warning led to numerous bloggers showing solidarity with Beckedahl and also publishing the memo. The e-mail Beckedahl received from the legal department of the railway was published on and also on WikiLeaks . Among other things, the railway relied on Section 17 of the Act against Unfair Competition , which deals with the disclosure of business and company secrets. The company also threatened to take legal action against copyright violations and immoral willful damage by Beckedahl under sections 823 and 826 of the German Civil Code . Beckedahl then announced in an interview with Stern that he would not sign a declaration of cease and desist and that he would move his blog abroad if necessary.

Investigations into suspected treason

In 2015, the Federal Prosecutor General Runge investigated André Meister (left) and Markus Beckedahl, authors of , against the publication of a confidential document from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

In 2015, because of the two publication of excerpts from a report by the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution on, which was classified as " VS-CONFIDENTIAL ", investigations into suspicion of treason against Markus Beckedahl and André Meister took place (see: Investigations on suspicion of treason ). As a result, Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas put Federal Prosecutor General Harald Range into temporary retirement.

Memberships in committees




Web links

Commons : Markus Beckedahl  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Personal details: Markus Beckedahl Welt Kompakt, April 16, 2012
  2. a b c Cleaner for a free Internet , on, September 1, 2008 (last accessed: June 14, 2013)
  3. Markus Beckedahl: The professional blogger. Retrieved May 7, 2019 .
  4. Query at
  5. a b Markus Beckedahl: " is an open source business model." May 10, 2010, archived from the original on February 14, 2011 ; Retrieved July 9, 2015 .
  6. a b c d e f g Markus Beckedahl: What I do. In: Retrieved February 5, 2016 .
  7. Life on the Net, Meeting in Reality ( Memento from April 17, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  8. a b c employees. (No longer available online.) In: Archived from the original on February 5, 2016 ; Retrieved February 5, 2016 (American English). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. FAQ - Questions and Answers. In: Retrieved April 14, 2019 .
  10. Brief presentation Beckedahl,, 2008. Archived from the original on October 23, 2008 ; Retrieved July 9, 2015 .
  11. ^ Website of the WSIS coordination group. Archived from the original on August 20, 2007 ; Retrieved September 20, 2008 .
  12. Charter of Civil Rights for a Sustainable Knowledge Society ( Memento of February 20, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 1.4 MB), Heinrich Böll Foundation 2003/2005 (last accessed: September 20, 2008)
  13. Demonstration call with supporter list
  14. 5. Short study on "Politics in Web 2.0" ( Memento of July 14, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), newthinking communications, August 19, 2009.
  15. ^ Staff ( Memento from March 17, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), (last accessed on March 23, 2010)
  16. , Greens nominate experts for study commission, March 23, 2010.
  17. ^ Digital Society: Members , accessed on December 16, 2011.
  18. ^ Ole Reissmann: Greetings, your Internet lobby , Spiegel Online, April 15, 2010.
  19. Board of the Network New Media eViGr. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012 ; accessed in 2008 .
  20. Markus Beckedahl, Archived from the original on February 1, 2009 ; Retrieved July 9, 2015 .
  21. "The freedom of the Internet is more threatened than ever before" ( Memento from May 22, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), t3n interview (last accessed: June 23, 2009)
  22. Bahn goes against Weblog before Focus from February 3, 2009.
  23. Stern: "They have to take us seriously" from February 5, 2009.
  26. What is - Advisory Board. In: iRights - Creativity and Copyright in the Digital World. Retrieved on February 5, 2016 (German).