Privacy Online


The Internet, social media, and smartphones have first created and then changed privacy online. Since approximately 20 years now, users all around the world have to decide whether to buy technological devices, to use particular services, or to disclose personal information.

During the same time, research on privacy online spawned, addressing several important research questions, such as: How can we understand human behavior online? Do we need new legal frameworks to better support people? Is it possible to develop devices that offer both compelling features and effective privacy protection?

For this conference, we invite scholars from all disciplines to present an overview over the most relevant insights of both their own research and their respective fields. During the two days, there will be an explicit focus on discussion. In sum, with this conference we aim to answer the following question: Privacy online, what have we learned so far?

Keynote Speaker

Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She researches media audiences, especially children’s and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy, and rights in the digital environment. She is author of 20 books including „The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age“, directs projects such as „Children’s Data and Privacy Online“ or „Global Kids Online“, and advised the UK government, European Commission, OECD, or UNICEF.

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. His research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. In addition to numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, he has published seven books on these subjects. Through a SSHRC Partnership Grant on Big Data Surveillance, he is currently researching the capture and use of personal data by political parties in Western democracies

Woodrow Hartzog

Woodrow Hartzog is a Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University School of Law and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He is also an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is the author of Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies, published in 2018 by Harvard University Press.

Christoph Sorge

Christoph Sorge is Professor at Saarland University’s Faculty Law and Economics and a co-opted member of Faculty Mathematics and Computer Science. His research interests include applications of cryptography in network security, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, or data protection law and information law. He has published several books and papers on encryption and data protection. He is a board member of the German Association for Computing in the Judiciary and a member of the research advisory board of the Institute of European Media Law.


Day 1

Time Description Speaker Title
10.00 Registration    
11.00 Introduction Dean Welcome
    Sabine Trepte Information about Project
11.30 Keynote Woodrow Hartzog Privacy & Law
13.00 Lunch Break    
14.00 Panel Nadine Bol Privacy & Personalization
    Sandra Seubert & Paula Helm Privacy & Responsibility
15.30 Coffee break    
15.45 Panel Katharina Bräunlich Interdisciplinary Privacy Model
    (tba) (tba)
17.15 Coffee Break    
17.30 Keynote Sonia Livingstone Privacy & Development
19.00 Conference Dinner    

Day 2

Time Description Speaker Title
09.00 Keynote Christoph Sorge Privacy & IT
10.30 Coffee break    
10.45 Panel Sabine Trepte Privacy & Control
    Johannes Eichenhofer Privacy & Trust
    (tba) (tba)
13.00 Lunch break    
14.00 Keynote Colin Bennett Privacy & Politics
15.30 Coffee break    
16.00 Conclusion Tobias Dienlin What have we learned?
16.30 Farewell    


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(You will be directed to the website of the Department of Media Psychology).