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About us

RTG Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users

The Doctoral College “Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users” is a highly interdisciplinary collaboration between Computer Science and the fields of Law, Sociology, Information Systems (in Economics), and Usability (in Psychology) funded as Research Training Group by the German National Science Foundation (DFG). We aim at improving the position of mobile users—think of Smartphone users—vis-a-vis Internet-based services, social networks, and sensor-augmented environments (summarized as 'networks').

In the mobile users' experience, these networks and the players therein are becoming increasingly opaque while the users themselves are becoming increasingly transparent. In a multi-disciplinary effort, our Doctoral College counters these “paired trends”—transparent users and opaque networks—with the “paired goals” privacy & trust: privacy is considered as the main instrument for limiting user transparency, while assessing the expected trustworthiness of players in the network is considered as the main instrument for countering the opaqueness of the network players.



Get to know the members of our Research Training Group and their areas of expertise.


The RTG Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users maintains mutually beneficial relationships with several corporate partners.

News and Activities

  • 2018/10/19

    RTG PAT contributes to conference of “Forum Privatheit”

    Members of RTG PAT gave several talks at yearly interdisciplinary conference of the “Forum Privatheit” entitled “Zukunft der Datenökonomie – Gestaltungsperspektiven zwischen Geschäftsmodell, Kollektivgut und Verbraucherschutz” which took place in Munich from 11.10.2018 – 12.10.2018.

    Website: https://www.forum-privatheit.de

  • 2018/10/17

    RTG associate Karola Marky visited Keio University Graduate School of Media Design

    The RTG associate Karola Marky visited Prof. Kai Kunze at Keio University Graduate School of Media Design (http://www.kmd.keio.ac.jp/realprojects/geist).

    Prof. Kunze introduced her to his lab and presented his research on eyewear computing and meta-limbs.

  • 2018/09/26

    SAVE THE DATE! New Lecture Series: Female Scientists for Female Students

    The RTG „Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users“ invites female students to two exciting presentations to give insights into the everydaylife of female scientists.