Graduate Student in International Relations, System Hacker at the FSFE

FU Berlin, HU Berlin, Uni Potsdam

Free Software Foundation Europe

Who am I?

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

I just love 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.

Currently, I work as a System Hacker for the FSFE, making sure all of their servers operate smoothly. Feel free to check out my main contributions there. Maybe you find something useful for maintaining your own servers.

To reach out, drop me a line at hi@sehn.tech.

Interests
  • Surveillance Studies
  • Technology Policy
  • Computer Science
  • DevSecOps
  • (Doom) Emacs
Education
  • MA International Relations, 2021 (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

Experience

What I’ve done with my life (professionally)

 
 
 
 
 
System Hacker
Jan 2021 – Present

Deployed an auto-upgrade mechanism across all Debian hosts using Ansible.

Authored a suite of utilities (in Python) to analyse and maintain Docker deployments across a variety of host systems.

Wrote a dynamic inventory script (in Python) to streamline the internal usage of Ansible

 
 
 
 
 
Intern (Hospitant)
Jan 2020 – Apr 2020 Berlin, DE (full-time)

Analysed countries' positions on allowing foreign companies to provide 5G infrastructure using both confidential and open sources.

Supported the streamlining of a variety of internal processes such as election management (ITU, ICAO and UPU), document creation and knowledge management.

 
 
 
 
 
Research Assistant to Prof. Lora Anne Viola Ph.D.
Aug 2019 – Dec 2019 Berlin, DE (part-time)

Presented a paper at and supported the organisation of the project’s section at the 2019 ECPR Conference.

Participated in and contributed to the project’s workshop in Krakow hosting some of the leading scholars in the field of surveillance studies.

Supported Prof. Dr. Viola and Dr. Abel Reiberg in their ongoing research and the conception of a new project

 
 
 
 
 
Student Associate
Nov 2018 – Jul 2019 Berlin, DE (part-time)
Conceived and implemented an exemplary Process-Mining approach for the public sector.
 
 
 
 
 
Intern
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
Oct 2016 – Jul 2017 Berlin, DE (part-time)
Produced background research (mostly utilising Factiva) on global geopolitical risks affecting client portfolios.