Niklas Kossow is a Doctoral Student at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. His research focuses on the use of digital technologies in the fight against corruption. In this context he is particularly interested in the role of civil society actors and the use of distributed ledger technology. Niklas holds a BA from University College London (UCL) and an MPP from the Hertie School of Governance. He is a doctoral fellow of the German National Academic Foundation, as well as a former follow of the Hertie Foundation, the Mercator Foundation, the Transatlantic Digital Debate Programme and the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation.

Niklas also works as a freelance consultant, amongst others on behalf of Freedom House, Transparency International and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Previously, he has worked with the United Nations Development Program, the World Wide Web Foundation, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the German Bundestag. Most recently he was Communications Officer of the EU FP7 ANTICORRP project. He has been supporting the TI Helpdesk as an external contributor since 2017.

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Niklas Kossow


Hertie School of Governance

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PhD Candidate




I have expertise on the intersection of anti-corruption and technology, and published on several occasions on the following topics: open data, social media, e-government, blockchain / DLT, media freedom, fake news, digitalisation, crowdsourcing, transparency, access to information.

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