Mirko Hohmann

Project Manager

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Mirko Hohmann is a project manager at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. His research interests lie at the intersection of technology and policymaking as well as global security. He leads GPPi’s work on data and technology politics, including the Transatlantic Digital Debates program.

Before joining GPPi full-time as a research associate, Mirko was an intern and later a research assistant at the institute. His work experience also includes internships with the German Bundestag and the Boston Consulting Group. Before taking up his studies, Mirko worked with Vamos Juntos, an NGO in Bolivia, where he supported shoe shiners in their daily work on the streets of La Paz. He is a member of D64 – Center for Digital Progress, a non-profit think tank that aims to foster public debate on the societal and political impact of digitization. In the fall of 2016, he was an adjunct faculty member at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he taught on the role of non-Western powers in shaping global norms and institutions. His commentary has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Politico Europe, Der Tagesspiegel, Handelsblatt, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Lawfare, among others.

Mirko holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. During his studies, he studied abroad at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand as well as the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in the United States. He has received scholarships and financial support from the Foundation of German Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft) and the Hertie School of Governance. 

Recent Publications

Commentary 29 June 2017

Germany’s Misguided Social Media Law Is a Minefield for US Tech

by Mirko Hohmann, Alexander Pirang
Council on Foreign Relations

Commentary 20 April 2017

Internet Companies Cannot Be Judges of Free Speech

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Politico Europe

Commentary 12 April 2017

Why Policymakers Should Care About Weak Digital Infrastructure Abroad

by Mirko Hohmann, Alexander Pirang
Council on Foreign Relations

Report 06 March 2017

Advancing Cybersecurity Capacity Building – Implementing a Principle-Based Approach

by Mirko Hohmann, Alexander Pirang, Thorsten Benner
GPPi

Commentary 28 December 2016

Wider das digitale Kompromat

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Commentary 16 December 2016

Europe in Russia’s Digital Cross Hairs

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Foreign Affairs

Commentary 19 May 2016

In der Kryptofalle

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Handelsblatt

Commentary 19 May 2016

The Encryption Debate We Need

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
GPPi

Commentary 13 April 2016

How Europe Can Get Encryption Right

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Politico Europe

Commentary 01 April 2016

Reform, Especially in Times of Terror

by Alexander Pirang, Mirko Hohmann
GPPi

Commentary 11 January 2016

Germany Needs an Independent Digital Emergency Response Team

by Isabel Skierka, Mirko Hohmann
GPPi

Commentary 11 January 2016

Deutschland braucht ein unabhängiges digitales Notfallteam

by Isabel Skierka, Mirko Hohmann
Golem.de

Policy Paper 19 November 2015

National CSIRTs and Their Role in Computer Security Incident Response

by Robert Morgus, Isabel Skierka, Mirko Hohmann, Tim Maurer
GPPi & New America

Commentary 16 October 2015

German Bundestag Passes New Data Retention Law

by Mirko Hohmann
Lawfare Blog

Commentary 17 September 2015

The German NSA Affair and the Need for Reform in Berlin

by Mirko Hohmann
Lawfare Blog

Policy Paper 29 April 2015

CSIRT Basics for Policy-Makers

by Isabel Skierka, Robert Morgus, Mirko Hohmann, Tim Maurer
GPPi & New America

Commentary 27 February 2015

In Search of Better Data Security? It’s Not Where, But How

by Mirko Hohmann, Robert Morgus
Canadian International Council

Policy Paper 24 November 2014

Technological Sovereignty: Missing the Point?

by Mirko Hohmann, Isabel Skierka, Tim Maurer, Robert Morgus
GPPi & New America's Open Technology Institute

Commentary 01 July 2014

No Need for Germany to Rush Acquisition of Armed Drones

by Mirko Hohmann
Atlantic Community

Commentary 26 June 2014

Tötungsmaschinen von fragwürdigem Wert

by Mirko Hohmann
Frankfurter Rundschau

Article 15 November 2013

After Proliferation

by Mirko Hohmann
Schlossplatz 3, Fall 2013