Christian Heise wrote the very first open doctoral thesis at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University. In this case, an open doctoral thesis means that the work could be viewed on the Internet at any time during the entire period of creation and research. In addition, the political scientist was chairman of the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. until 2018. (okfn.de) and founding member of Förderverein Freie Netzwerke e.V. (freifunk.net). He has been working for Google since 2015. First he helped to establish the Google DNI Innovation Fund and is now working as News Product Partnerships Lead in northern Europe since May 2018. In this function, he is responsible for all products with a focus on the publishing and news industries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as in Benelux and the northern European countries.Christian has gained experience in the news world through various positions in the German publishing landscape, including at DIE ZEIT and dpa.