Svea Eckert’s recent research „Dark Data“ or „Nackt im Netz“, as it is called in German, where she uncovered that Browser Plug-Ins have spied on Millions of Germans is only one station of many in a ten year career reporting on tech-issues.
Since 2007 Svea Eckert works as a freelance journalist for the public service broadcaster “Das Erste” (ARD). She is mainly researching and reporting on current events for PrimeTime news shows “Tagesschau” and “Tagesthemen”. Her main focus lies on new technology: current internet policies and digital society, economics and data protection policies.
Beside her work for the news shows, Svea Eckert also produces documentaries and longer TV-stories for NDR and ARD. 2016 she covered the VW-scandal „Der VW Krimi“ („The VW Thriller“), 2015 she published „Netwars“, where she worked with hundreds of NSA/Snowden documents and released a very rare Interview with Edward Snowden. In 2012 she told the story about Facebook and its then much speculated about IPO in her documentary “Facebook - Milliardengeschäft Freundschaft” (“Facebook - Billion Dollar Business friendship”). And in 2011 she released, as co-author, her first documentary “Weltmacht Wikileaks?”.
In 2014 her knowledge and her research during the NSA-affair ended in her first book “Überwacht und ausgespäht: Prism, NSA, Facebook & Co.” (“Monitored and spied out: Prism, NSA, Facebook & Co.”) which was published in the Lingen Verlag.
Svea Eckert won the Helmut-Schmidt price for economy journalism (2017, 3rd). She studied “Journalism and Communications” and Economics in Hamburg. During that time she published articles and television broadcasts for numerous publishers and TV stations. Amongst them are “Spiegel TV” and “ZDF”. She also published for “DIE ZEIT” and “Financial Times Deutschland” during an internship at New York German Press. She completed her journalistic training at NDR, Hamburg and Hannover.
Svea Eckert is book author, Expert and Interview partner for current tech-affairs and also a host for live panels.