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?


Please click here to register for the conference
(You will be directed to the website of the Department of Media Psychology).

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 Karsten Hadwich Welcome from the Dean
    Sabine Trepte Information about Project
11.30 Keynote Woodrow Hartzog Privacy & Design
13.00 Lunch break    
14.00 Panel Sabine TreptePrivacy & Control
    Sandra Seubert & Paula Helm Privacy & Paradoxes
15.30 Coffee break    
15.45 Panel Katharina Bräunlich Interdisciplinary Privacy Model
    Lemi Baruh & Mihaela Popescu Privacy & Selfhood 
17.15 Coffee break    
17.30 Keynote Sonia Livingstone Privacy & Development
19.00 End of Day 1    
19.00Conference Dinner (Denkbar)

Day 2

Time Description Speaker Title
09.00 Keynote Christoph Sorge Privacy & IT
10.30 Coffee break    
10.45 Panel Nadine Bol Privacy & Personalization
    Johannes Eichenhofer Privacy & Trust
    Michi Knecht Privacy & Anonymity
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    


Building: Schloss Hohenheim, Room: Aula


If you need an overnight stay for the duration of the conference, we can recommend the following accommodation options.

Waldhotel Stuttgart

Waldhotel Stuttgart

The Waldhotel Stuttgart is located in the middle of idyllic countryside and near the city. The hotel is beautifully embedded in the more than one hectare large idyllic park directly at the forest near the television tower and has a good traffic accessibility.
The venue of our conference can be reached in about 10 minutes by car or 20 minutes by train and by foot.
The airport is about 15 minutes away by car and Stuttgart city can be reached by metro in just 9 minutes.
During our conference time the room rate starts at 171 Euro.

Wirtshaus Garbe

Wirtshaus Garbe

Wirtshaus Garbe includes a restaurant, a beer garden and a hotel. They are characterised by innovative, straight-line design. The ambience is rustic and modern at the same time.
The hotel is located in Hohenheim and in the immediate vicinity of our conference venue (5-10 minutes walk). Hohenheim also has a nice botanical garden and park, including a vineyard.
Stuttgart city can be reached by metro in 30 minutes and the airport is about 8 minutes away by car.
The accommodation costs minimum 79 Euro.



Christkönigshaus (House of Christ the King) is a great place to stay because of its location on the outskirts of Stuttgart; and yet thanks to easy access to major transport links it is right there in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.
This accommodation is also near by the conference venue (10 minutes walk).
The airport is 8 minutes away by car and the city about 30 minutes by metro.
The room rate starts at 78 Euro.

Gästehaus Andrea

Gästehaus Andrea

The Gästehaus Andrea is a bed-and-breakfast and located 8 minutes away from the venue.
Stuttgart city can be reached in 25 minutes by metro and bus. The airport is about 10 minutes away by car.
An overnight stay costs minimum 78 Euro.

Hotel Traube

Hotel Traube

The Hotel Traube offers elegant rooms furnished in country house style.
It is located in Plieningen in the south of Stuttgart.
By using a bus the conference venue is reachable in about 20 minutes.
With 5 minutes by car it is very close to the airport. The city can be reached in 35-40 minutes by metro and bus.
The room rate starts at 89 Euro.


Arrival by train

Public transportation from the Stuttgart main train station: Stadtbahn U7 or U15 (underground train station) toward Ostfildern to Ruhbank (Fernsehturm), then transfer to the city bus 70 toward Plieningen until the stop Universität Hohenheim.

Alternative: Stadtbahn U5, U6, or U12 (underground train station) toward Leinfelden or Fasanenhof until Möhringen Bahnhof, then transfer to the Stadtbahn U3 toward „Plieningen (Universität Hohenheim)“. Then walk to the University of Hohenheim or transfer into the city bus 65 toward Obertürkheim Bf. until the stop „Universität Hohenheim“.

Taxi from Stuttgart main train station:
Costs approx. € 20-25. Travel time: approx. 25 min.

Arrival by car

From Stuttgart center: From the B14 (Konrad-Adenauer-Straße), turn onto the B27 (Charlottenstraße) at Charlottenplatz (near the Schloss), then keep driving straight. The street turns into 4 lanes, take exit S-Hohenheim. Follow the signs S-Plieningen/S-Hohenheim for several kilometers until you reach Plieningen. Turn left to the University of Hohenheim. Follow the street and turn right at the next opportunity. Continue to follow the street until you reach the parking spaces.

From Karlsruhe/Heilbronn: Autobahn A8, exist Stuttgart-Flughafen/S-Hohenheim, stay left, and follow the signs S-Hohenheim. After around 4 km, turn left to the University of Hohenheim. Follow the street until you reach the parking spaces after a sharp left turn.

From Munich: Autobahn A8, exist S-Plieningen/S-Hohenheim, stay right, and follow the signs S-Hohenheim. After around 4 km, turn left to the University of Hohenheim. Follow the street until you reach the parking spaces after a sharp left turn.

The University of Hohenheim is in an environmental zone. Only cars with a green environmental sticker and diesel vehicles with Euro 5/V or better are allowed to drive in Hohenheim.

Arrival by plane

Public transportation from the Stuttgart airport: 
Take bus line 122 until the stop Plieningen-Post, then switch to the bus lines 70 or 74; travel time: 25-35 min.

Taxi from Stuttgart airport:
Costs approx. € 15 – travel time: approx. 15 min.


Please click here to register for the conference
(You will be directed to the website of the Department of Media Psychology).