Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security

Anonymität Online der nächsten Generation (AN.ON-Next)

An OnThe AN.ON-Next project aims at integrating privacy-enhancing technologies into the internet infrastructure. The technologies in focus include a basic protection at the ISP, an improved overlay network-based protection and a concept for privacy protection in the emerging 5G mobile network. Crucial success factors are the adjustment and development of standards, business models and pricing strategies for those new technologies. 


Start: 01-01-2016
Completion: 30-06-2019
Duration: 3 years
Type: BMBF Project

Despite an increasing awareness of the issue of data protection in the public perception, nowadays available anonymization services like Tor and JonDonym have not yet achieved wide everyday and mass appeal. Although a user base of tens of thousands (JonDonym) to several hundreds of thousands (Tor) users can be seen as a decent result, their share is vanishing small compared to the total number of Internet users. 

As a result, the majority of Internet users today leaves behind extensive digital traces that can be used to form detailed personal profiles by Internet Service Providers (ISP) and by third parties without the knowledge and means of intervention of those affected. This threat to the right to informational self-determination is further exacerbated by the fact that the Internet is increasingly becoming part of everyday life. In particular, the increasing use of smartphones, tablets and other portable devices leads to an ever more detailed profiling and thus a deeper engagement in the privacy of each individual is made possible. 

Based on this situation, the AN.ON-Next project's vision is to integrate long-term privacy-friendly technologies in the Internet infrastructure. Selected pilot projects with industry representatives are used to test the concepts, optimise them and show that efficient data protection is possible and can be the basis for advanced and new business models. The Goethe-University has two major goals. First, start the standardisation process of the developed concepts and methods. Second, adapt or develop new business models and pricing strategies for the arising privacy-enhancing technologies in the Internet infrastructure. 

  • Universität Regensburg
  • Universität Hamburg
  • TU Dresden
  • Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein
  • JonDos GmbH
  • manitu GmbH
  • Comidio GmbH