Friedrich Lindenberg

Knight International Journalism Fellow, South Africa

Knight International Journalism Fellow Friedrich Lindenberg works with journalists and watchdog organizations to develop data resources and investigative tools for Code for Africa and the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting.

With a background in media studies, Lindenberg’s work fuses software development, journalism and open government advocacy.

In 2013, he was part of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews program and spent the year working as a news technologist and data journalist at Spiegel Online, Germany’s largest online news portal, based in Hamburg. As a data journalism expert, he has contributed to journalist training workshops in Europe, Africa and South America.

Working for the Open Knowledge Foundation, Lindenberg co-founded the OpenSpending project in 2011 to help citizens comprehend government budgets.The project was a merger of Where Does Your Money Go and Offener Haushalt, which follow tax spending in the United Kingdom and Germany. Today, OpenSpending has collected and visualized financial data from more than 60 countries. Lindenberg also organized data catalogues for government and civil society, and contributed to data-driven platforms tracking the German parliament as well as lobbying, procurement and political influence in the European Union.

As part of the Berlin-based group Liquid Democracy, he implemented Adhocracy - a collaborative policy-drafting software used by the German parliament to crowd-source its internet strategy.