Mercedes Bunz is a Dr. phil. and lives and works in London and at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. She can be followed at

• Visionary researcher exploring the potential of technology with publications in English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Chinese
• Energetic, experienced and generally optimistic digital thinker
• Motivating managing editor experienced in print and online journalism
• Lively international conference speaker

TEDx: How algorithms change our society or what can we expect from the Internet of Things?


Die stille Revolution: Wie Algorithmen Wissen, Arbeit, Öffentlichkeit und Politik verändern, ohne dabei viel Lärm zu machen, Berlin, Suhrkamp Verlag 2012.

Vom Speichern zum Verteilen. Die Geschichte des Internet. [From Storage to Distribution: The History of the Internet] Monographie. Berlin, Kadmos Verlag 2008. (At

Animated in a beautiful short film by Melih Bilgil.

cover_utopia_bunzLa utopía de la copia. El pop como irritació
[The Utopia of the copy. Pop and Irritation. Essays] Ensayos. Buenos Aires, Interzona 2008


2012 Director of the Hybrid Publishing Research Team focusing on Open Access and academic publishing at the University Leuphana, Lecturer in Cultural & Media Studies

2012 Affiliated Researcher Media Studies, Institute for History & Culture, University of Utrecht

2011 Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities, University Utrecht & the Impakt Festival

2006 Postdoctoral Researcher, DFG Program “Archive, Power, Knowledge – On Historic Organising, Controlling and Destroying of Knowledge Domains”, History Department University of Bielefeld, Germany

2007-2009 Lecturer Media Studies, “Online Journalism”, University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany

2005 Scholar Fulbright American Studies Institute, Washington, New York “The Role of Media in American Society”

2004 Post Graduate Program “Transnational Media Events”, Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen, Germany

April 2003 Adjunct Professor at the Bauhaus University Weimar, “On authorship and the dangerous moment of the copy”.


2009-2010 Reporter for Technology and Media, The Guardian

2007–2009 Editor-in-Chief Online Der Tagesspiegel, Holtzbrinck Verlag
Leading a team up to 20 editors. Developing new forms of interactive journalism. Supervising relaunch of website and fine-tuning. Integration and motivation of print editors. Representation of the brand. Defending good-humored online journalism. Consultation for hybrid-content, spreadability and future development.Online editor-in-chief, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin (Holtzbrinck Group)

2006 Editor-in-chief zitty, Das Hauptstadtmagazin, Holtzbrinck Verlag
zitty, the oldest and best-known Berlin city-guide magazine, published fortnightly. Led a team of 15 editors, developing new formats within the magazine. Wrote and commented urban life, pop and social issues. Relaunch of the website and data-base.

1997-2001 Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief de:bug, Magazine for Electronic Culture
Conception of a monthly magazine about electronic music and digital culture. Co-led a team of 7 editors. Managed chaos successfully and with some humor. Representation of the brand.


2005 PhD. “From Storage to Distribution. On the history of the Internet”
Faculty of Media Studies, Bauhaus University Weimar. Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Scholarship.

1999 Academic Studies of Philosophy and Art-History
Freie Universität Berlin

1991 A-level, Celtis-Gymnasium
Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany

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