“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Georg Mascolo was born on October, 26th, 1964 in Stadthagen, a small town in the federal state of Lower Saxony. His father, a native from Naples, Italy, belonged to the first guest worker immigrant generation to Germany. After graduating from school Mr. Mascolo was trained as a paralegal in a local law firm and later on as a journalist at the Schaumburger Zeitung, one of the oldest German newspapers.
In 1988 he started working for the Spiegel-Group. Mr. Mascolo reported and produced features and documentaries for Spiegel-TV, the television branch of the group. He particularly covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the subsequent end of the GDR and the German reunification process. On November 9th, 1989, Georg Mascolo and his team documented the historical moment of the GDR border patrol opening the checkpoint Bornholmer Strasse in Berlin. This visual document, the only footage showing the first opening of the wall, became part of Unesco`s Memory of the World International Register in 2011. The footage has been used in numerous documentaries and movies around the world and is still shown in the Berlin Wall Memorial, the central memorial site of german division. In 1992 Mr. Mascolo moved to Spiegel-Magazine, where he was responsible for investigative reporting. He held various positions in the Magazine, amongst them Washington Bureau Chief and Head of the Berlin Office.
From 2008 until 2013 Mr. Mascolo was Editor-in-Chief of Der Spiegel. Mr. Mascolo led the 9/11 coverage with its groundbreaking work in revealing the role of the so called "Hamburg cell" in the attacks on the World Trade Tower. Three of the four pilots who flew the planes lived in Hamburg. John le Carré called Spiegel's work "a brilliant reconstruction by Europe`s ablest team of investigative journalists."
In 2013 Georg Mascolo became a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. After visiting Edward Snowden in Moscow in October 2013 in Moscow - the first visit by a journalist - he and co-author Ben Scott from the New America Foundation published an academic paper on the future of surveillance: "Lessons from the summer of Snowden - the hard road back to trust."
Since 2014 Mr. Mascolo leads the Joint Investigative Group of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany`s leading newspaper, NDR and WDR, two of the major German public television stations. The group's work focuses on large-scale investigations as, for example, the so called Panama Papers or the Paradise Papers. The Joint Investigative Group has won numerous awards and prizes for its work. Mr. Mascolo also serves as Terrorism Analyst for German public television.
He is a regular moderator and contributor at the Munich Security Conference and a frequent speaker on international affairs, cyber security and terrorism. In 2014 he was voted Political Journalist of the Year. In 2017 he became the successor of Professor Wolfgang Ischinger as the Dean of the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance.
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