The Telegram Billionaire and His Dark Empire
Telegram is one of the world’s most popular chat apps – and possibly the most dangerous. There is little regulation of the platform, which is popular with criminals and terrorists. Who is the mastermind behind it?
Coronavirus: Germany fights trade in fake Covid vaccine certificates
A German police force has set up a special team to combat a growing black market in forged vaccine certificates. Miro Dittrich about the fake vaccine certificates on Telegram.
Fake vaccine passports for sale on Telegram for up to $240
Fake vaccine passports are changing hands on messaging app Telegram for up to $240 with online sellers even accepting PayPal transactions. Pia Lamberty and Miro Dittrich about their findings.
German Intelligence Puts Coronavirus Deniers Under Surveillance
The country’s domestic intelligence agency says it will create a new department to deal with extremism among conspiracy theorists. Pia Lamberty warns of connections between Querdenken and far-right extremists.
QAnon’s second act: how a rampant conspiracy theory took hold in Europe
Pia Lamberty about the common belief between conspiracy theories and it’s connection to alternative medicine.
Germany’s Far Right is Surging
As a deadly pandemic engulfed the globe, Germany’s far right saw an opportunity. It used panic, isolation, and people’s need for answers as a chance to grow its hateful brand.
The anti-vax movement targeting German children
A German anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine movement with links to the far right has recruited hundreds of children into a private online group.
How Germany became ground zero for the COVID infodemic
An anatomy of an infodemic: An exclusive analysis for openDemocracy together with Josef Holnburger shows how the foundation of Querdenken are built upon false claims and conspiracy theories.
Germany’s COVID sceptics fuelled by Russian media and far-Right conspiracies
Josef Holnburger about the spread of disinformation and their sources on Telegram.
Neo-Nazi groups are using Instagram to recruit young teenagers, experts warn
Miro Dittrich giving insights about right wing extremists using instagram to recruit young teenagers.
Interview about QAnons Global Popularity
Miro Dittrich about QAnons global popularity and the movement in Germany.
Capitol Riot Puts Spotlight on ‘Apocalyptically Minded’ Global Far Right
Josef Holnburger and Miro Dittrich about a radicalized global far-right movement and their involement around the storming of the Capitol and German Parliament building.
Capitol Hill riots: Are Western democracies under attack?
Miro Dittrich about the parallels between the events in Washington and Berlin.
The MAGA Insurrection Will Inspire Imitators for Years to Come, German Experts Warn
Germany experienced its own version of the storming of the US Capitol last August, and experts there say it has only further emboldened conspiracy ideologists and the far-right.