About the Repository

About the team

Dr. Thorsten Wetzling

Thorsten Wetzling heads the SNV’s research on basic rights, surveillance and democratic practice.

He directs the European Intelligence Oversight Network (EION) and is a Principal Investigator in the collaborative research project GUARDINT . Thorsten is also editor-in-chief of aboutintel.eu – a new multi-stakeholder platform for a European conversation on surveillance in national security contexts. As expert on international security governance, accountability mechanisms and oversight practice, s Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellow for International Relations and Security (TAPIR), Thorsten studied national surveillance policies at the French Institute for International Relations (ifri) in Paris and the RAND Corporation and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Corbinian Ruckerbauer


Corbinian Ruckerbauer (he/him) works in SNV‘s Digital Rights, Surveillance and Democracy unit. He coordinates the European Intelligence Oversight Network (EION), which provides a space for regular and structured exchange between European intelligence oversight officials and other experts.

He is part of the editorial team of about:intel, a discussion platform that brings together thought leaders and experts from across Europe and all sectors to write about some of the most pressing issues at the nexus of technology, surveillance, and democracy. His research focuses on the cooperation of public and private actors in the security sector and its impact on individual rights and the principles of democratic societies. As part of the Master’s programme European Studies, he studied at Europa-Universität Viadrina, Sciences Po Paris and Galatasaray Üniversitesi Istanbul. He previously worked for various institutions and NGOs in Berlin, Paris and Brussels

About the funder

Heinrich Böll Foundation

Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through con­flict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The foundation maintains close ties to the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens) and as a think tank for green visions and projects, it is part of an international net­work encompassing well over 100 partner projects in approxi­mately 60 countries. The Heinrich Böll Foundation works independently and nurtures a spirit of intellectual openness. It maintains a world­ wide network with currently 34 international offices. It gladly follows Heinrich Böll’s exhortation for citizens to get involved in politics, and it wants to inspire others to do the same.

This website is a cooperation project between the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung e.V. (SNV) and the Foreign and Security Policy Division of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.