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XVI. Interdisciplinary Workshop: Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society kindly invites for the sixteenth interdisciplinary workshop “Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance”, which will take place on December 12, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Institute’s premises, Französische Straße 9, 10117 Berlin. You should understand German, but are very welcome to give your presentation in English.



12 December 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).

Particularly in the context of increasing demands for data sharing and open data, interest in anonymising data has grown significantly in recent years. The same applies to conceptually or methodologically similar procedures and mechanisms, from pseudonymisation to differential privacy to the generation of synthetic data. But which problems that are discussed in the research field of privacy, data protection and surveillance can actually be solved with these approaches? And which ones can’t? And what challenges are there in the implementation, whether conceptually or in practice, whether from the perspective of a single discipline or in interdisciplinary interaction?



If you are interested in attending the event, please fill in our registration form at the bottom of this page by Monday, November 20, 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 December 5, 2023.

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



20 November 2023 Registration deadline

20 November 2023 Deadline for the submission of abstracts

28 November 2023 Notification to submitters

5 December 2023 Workshop program

12 December 2023 Workshop


Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse travel or accommodation expenses.

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Event date

12.12.2023 | 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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