Markus Beckedahl is the founder and chief editor of Netzpolitik. He is also a partner at Newthinking Communications, founder of the conference on internet and society re:publica and spokesman for the association Digitale Gesellschaft.
In the spring of 2015 he and his fellow Netzpolitik reporter Andrei Meister were subject to a judicial investigation for treason for having published two articles which reported that the German government planned to increase online surveillance. The investigation was subsequently suspended by the prosecutor general following protests by leading voices across politics and media. See article Germany halts treason inquiry into journalists after protests for more information.