Special Issue "Privacy in the Future Internet"


A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Christoph Sorge

Department of Computer Science, University of Paderborn, Fürstenallee 11, 33102 Paderborn, Germany
Phone: +49-5251-60-1760
Fax: +49 52 51 60 66 18
Interests: network security; privacy enhancing technologies; data protection and information law; smart grid privacy
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luigi Lo Iacono

Institute for Media and Imaging Technologies, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Betzdorfer Str. 2, Cologne, D-50679, Germany
Phone: +49 221 8275 2527
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Simone Fischer-Hübner

Department of Computer Science, Karlstad University, Universitetsgatan 1, S 651 88 Karlstad, Sweden
Phone: 0046547001723
Fax: +46 54 700 1828

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Whatever the Future Internet is going to look like, we can be certain it will impact our daily lives even more than current networks. The “Internet of Things” vision, for example, includes the ubiquitous presence of networked devices, including RFID tags, sensors and sensor networks, and possibly devices we haven’t even considered yet. These do not exist in isolation, as they are used by human beings on the one hand, and sense information about human beings on the other hand. If privacy is not sufficiently taken into account in the design of communication infrastructures, including authentication, access control, and accounting solutions, there is a risk that personal information gathered in the Internet of Things will be abused. The same is true for the “Internet of Services”, where service usage might enable the creation of comprehensive user profiles if privacy risks are not considered in the design stage.

However, new challenges for privacy enhancing technologies do not merely arise from a change of scale or from new applications. Numerous research projects deal with new architectural approaches, e.g. based on network virtualization. How can privacy be built into these architectures, for example by enabling anonymous communication or the handling of privacy policies? Is there a need for new privacy enhancing technologies, or can the existing ones (e.g., onion routing) be easily adapted?

This special issue of Future Internet welcomes all contributions dealing with privacy challenges related to the Future Internet and its applications. This includes, for example:

  • Anonymous communication
  • Privacy-aware AAA solutions
  • Descriptions and models of new threats to privacy
  • User-centric identity management
  • Location privacy
  • Impact of new Internet architectures on privacy-enhancing technologies and vice versa
  • Privacy in future critical infrastructures (e.g., smart energy grid)
  • Future of privacy legislation (defining appropriate legal frameworks for the Future Internet)

Dr. Christoph Sorge
Prof. Dr. Luigi Lo Iacono
Prof. Dr. Simone Fischer-Hübner
Guest Editors


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • privacy enhancing technologies
  • identity management
  • anonymous communication
  • internet of things
  • internet of services

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Future Internet 2013, 5(1), 34-45; doi:10.3390/fi5010034
Received: 9 October 2012 / Revised: 7 December 2012 / Accepted: 6 January 2013 / Published: 14 January 2013
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Future Internet 2012, 4(4), 1016-1025; doi:10.3390/fi4041016
Received: 1 September 2012 / Revised: 24 September 2012 / Accepted: 25 October 2012 / Published: 19 November 2012
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Future Internet 2012, 4(2), 488-513; doi:10.3390/fi4020488
Received: 1 November 2011 / Revised: 2 March 2012 / Accepted: 8 May 2012 / Published: 15 May 2012
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