Kai Biermann is a German journalist at Zeit Online.

Biermann graduated in psychology in 1997 from the Humboldt University in Berlin and worked in parallel with the journal Brigitte. After a traineeship at the Berliner Zeitung, he worked for the Financial Times Deutschland, the Netzeitung and the Bildblog. Since 2007, he has been working for Zeit Online. From 2009, he is responsible for Internet, data protection and network policy in the digital sector. Between 2009 and 2011 he was head of the department for Digital, Knowledge, Studies. Since 2014 he is a member of the newly founded Investigative / Data team. He oversees the Data Blog, which deals with Open Data and reports regularly from the NSA Investigative Committee.

Together with twenty-one other journalists from eleven European countries, he investigated the European security sector. The result was a big scale journalismfund supported project dubbed 'Security for Sale'. 

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Kai Biermann
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Security for sale: the price we pay to protect Europeans

  • Science
  • Terrorism

Since the late 1990s, the European Union has worked to encourage a European security market, where major defence and technology companies develop products and services that better protect us from crime and terrorism. This industry should also create jobs and be globally competitive. Over the past year, more than twenty journalists in eleven European countries investigated this burgeoning sector. And they discovered there’s a lot wrong with the European security market.