Hello. My name is Maximilian Henning, I’m a freelance EU correspondent writing about digital topics. I regularly write for netzpolitik.org and Tagesspiegel Background, with bylines at EUobserver, iafrikan.com and others. I also do data journalism for the German public broadcaster SWR.

You can contact me per mail to max@zarasophos.net, also encrypted with the fingerprint 5EF9 CF14 E102 1B56 E6F5 7C88 D603 29A8 38C1 25A9. You can also find me on Mastodon, Bluesky and Twitter.

Here are a few of my articles of which I’m particularly proud:

  • EU’s anti-immigration biometrics projects in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire
    Originally published on iafrikan.com on 03.03.2022. The European Union (EU) and its member states have viewed immigration as a political subject for some time. Even six years after a massive spike in migrant numbers in 2015, immigration still remains a hot topic in the EU. On one hand, liberal, Green, and Social Democrat parties, especially in Western Europe, advocate for the right of free movement. On the other hand, conservative parties, including the current governments of Poland and Hungary, are dead set on preventing, or at least limiting, migration. Paywall
  • A Canadian runs 21 pages dedicated to African countries on Reddit
    Originally published on iafrikan.com on 08.06.2020. Nearly half of the pages dedicated to African countries on Reddit, the world’s 20th-most popular website, were created and are run by a Canadian. Since 2011, when the pages or subreddits were created, many users have complained about spam and inadequate moderation in their communities. Now, a campaign led by users of the Eritrean subreddit has managed to get enough traction to get a response.
  • Digital trade: India calls for customs duties on the internet
    Originally published on netzpolitik.org on 29.08.2019. Developed countries are negotiating the rules of digital world trade behind closed doors. India and other developing countries criticise this harshly. They demand negotiations within the World Trade Organization – and the abolition of a 20 year old ban on digital customs duties.