My name is Karolin Schwarz. I am a journalist and expert in disinformation and far-right extremism on the Internet.
My work appeared on the ARD investigative TV show Kontraste, ARD’s fact-checking platform Faktenfinder, Buzzfeed and Motherboard. I have also worked as a fact-checker at Correctiv.
From 2020 to late 2022, I worked for Irish start-up Kinzen, helping platforms identify and assess mis/disinformation, conspiracy theories and extremist content. I have also worked as a consultant on mis/disinformation and extremism with organisations like the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Reset. In 2020, I was an expert witness in the Halle terrorism trial, assessing the role of online communities in the distribution of terrorist propaganda.
In February 2016, I founded Hoaxmap.org, on which false reports of refugees and PoC were collected. The project received nominations for the Grimme Online Award, the alternative media prize and the journalist prize “Der lange Atem” and received the democracy prize of the SPD faction in the Saxon state parliament.
My book “Hasskrieger: Der neue globale Rechtsextremismus” (“Hate Warriors: The new global far right”) was published in February 2020. It covers continuities and innovations of digital right-wing extremism.
From 2019 to 2021, I was a member of the nominating committee of the Grimme Online Award. In April 2019 I was invited as an expert to a hearing in the Bundestag on the subject of election manipulation. My written statement can be found online.
I have given lectures and trainings all over the world, for example in Sweden, Singapore, Bulgaria and Romania. In 2017-2018, I also took over the editorial responsibility for the video series about:blank.