Benjamin Hiller is a German-American freelance journalist as well as an IT specialist (system integration) based in Berlin, Germany. In 2008 he started his freelance career, focusing on the conflict zones in countries like Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria. His writings have been published in important European news outlets like Le Monde Diplomatique (France), Weekendavisen (Denmark) or Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland). He brings into each job his experience of conflict zones, his technical expertise as well as his university studies of ethnology, enabling him to create in-depth, close up and critical reportages.
As a second focus Benjamin Hiller has choosen Cyber Security. He started out in his teens as a script kiddy with some dabbling into grey hat hacking. Nowadays he is improving his skills (including programming, cyber security, networking etc.) for two years in Berlin/Germany to merge the areas of conflict journalism, investigative journalism and cyber security. His aim is to help news outlets and freelance journalists secure their digital footprint against hostile (state-) actors as well as to use his knowledge for his own in-depth reporting.
Additionally Benjamin Hiller is a founding member and the curator of the War Zone Freelance Project.
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