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XV. Interdisciplinary Workshop: Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society kindly invites for the fifteenth interdisciplinary workshop “Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance”, which will take place on July 18, 2023 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Institute’s premises. You should understand German, but are very welcome to give your presentation in English.



18 July 2023 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Französische Str. 9, 10117 Berlin


With this workshop, we want to offer particularly young researchers the opportunity to present and discuss current research work from the very broad and diverse research field of privacy, surveillance, and data protection in an interdisciplinary environment. We welcome article and dissertation projects, theoretical and empirical work, analyses as well as proposed solutions from all disciplines – and it may explicitly be work in progress. In addition to the discussion of open research questions, the workshop will particularly focus on the critical reflection of the participants’ own research premises, school(s) of thought, and discipline(s).

This summer, we want to ‘celebrate’ the 10th anniversary of the Snowden revelations. It seems that not much has changed: Mass surveillance has not gone away, the public-private surveillance cooperation is thriving. With chat control, the most recent blow on end-to-end encryption, a new warrantless mass surveillance measure is about to be introduced in the EU, this time with the argument of protecting children from grooming. Hacking tools like Pegasus are used by a wide range of governments, including against political opponents, human rights defenders, and journalists. The safeguards are apparently having no effect. For example, the Independent Control Council for the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has only ever objected to one of 121 surveillance applications. Have we learned nothing from the 2013 scandal? What is the state of the surveillance society? What can we do? What approaches, concepts and means can help protect us from the encroaching state – and their allies in the private sector, as the Twitter Files have just shown again?



If you are interested in attending the event, please fill in our registration form at the bottom of this page by Monday, June 26, 2023 at the latest, indicating whether you would like to attend as a listener or as a speaker. Speakers are asked to provide a title and an extended abstract (approx. 800 words) of the presentation, which should last max. 15 minutes. You are also welcome to provide information about your disciplines, areas of interest, and research interests. Within the general topic, you are completely free to choose your subject and to set a focus for your presentation, even beyond our proposed focus.

The workshop program will be sent to all registered participants by 11 July, 2023.

We are very much looking forward to your participation and contribution.



26 June 2023 Registration deadline

26 June 2023 Deadline for the submission of abstracts

4 July 2023 Notification to submitters

11 July 2023 Workshop program

18 July 2023 Workshop


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Event date

18.07.2023 | 12.00 pm – 6.00 pm ical | gcal


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin


Jörg Pohle, Dr.

Head of Research Program: Actors, Data and Infrastructures


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