Linus Sehn

Graduate Student in International Relations

FU Berlin, HU Berlin, Uni Potsdam

Who am I?

I am a Berlin-based international relations student interested in how information technologies shape political processes.

I am passionate about generating, organising and sharing knowledge. I don't like if perfectionism gets in the way of publication, so regard this entire website as work-in-progress.


  • International Relations
  • Surveillance Studies
  • Technology Policy
  • Computer Science
  • Emacs


  • MA International Relations, 2020 (exp.)

    Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam

  • BSc Computer Science, 2022 (exp.)

    FernUniversität Hagen

  • BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 2017

    University of Manchester, Erasmus Semester at SciencesPo in Paris

Academic Writing

All of these are work in progress and feedback is always welcome

On the Brink of a New Cryptowar: Facebook’s Discursive Move to Privacy

In the early days of surveillance capitalism in the US, the state’s desire for mass surveillance was met by growing online platforms …

The (Critical) Geopolitics of Internet Infrastructure

This paper draws on literature from geography, (critical) geopolitics and computer science in order to investigate the physical …

Surveillance Lobbying: Understanding the Policy Process of Mass Surveillance Legislation in the US

In this paper, I seek to understand the policy-making process of mass surveillance law in the US. The central puzzle is why — despite …


A repository of thoughts and references


Podcasts that enrich my life


What I've done with my life


Intern (Hospitant)

Federal Foreign Office

Jan 2020 – Present Berlin, DE (full-time)

Research Assistant

Freie Universität Berlin, John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

Aug 2019 – Dec 2019 Berlin, DE (part-time)

Student Associate

KPMG Public Sector Consulting

Nov 2018 – Jul 2019 Berlin, DE (part-time)
Conceived and implemented an exemplary Process-Mining approach for the public sector.


KPMG Public Sector Consulting

Aug 2018 – Oct 2018 Berlin, DE (full-time)

Conceptualised and implemented a variety of budget and controlling overviews supported by Excel VBA both internally and for clients.

Acquired proficiency in the handling of classified information both on paper and within IT systems.


Student Associate

Berlin Global Advisors

Oct 2016 – Jul 2017 Berlin, DE (part-time)
Produced background research (mostly utilising Factiva) on global geopolitical risks affecting client portfolios.

Awards & Scholarships

Dean’s Award for Achievement

Award (incl. £250) given to the top 0.5% of final year students in the Faculty of Humanities
See certificate

PPE Final Year Award

Award (incl. £100) given to the PPE student who achieved the highest overall grade
See certificate

Full Under- and Postgraduate Scholarship