Freedom of Communication, Data Protection, and Mobility


Through the Internet, the traditional print and radio media are merging with telecommunication; this entails profound changes for society. Integration of the automobile a plays a key role in this process: We are entering a decade of merging between telecommunication technology and automotive technology. This new form of networking will fundamentally transform mobility as we know it today.

The networked automobile makes driving easier and increases our mobility – a prerequisite for freedom. Opportunities for freely communicating, gathering information, and expressing opinions are likewise increasing thanks to constant connection to the Internet. But by the same token, we will leave more and more data traces when driving a car or communicating; our travel routes and movement patterns, for example, are becoming increasingly traceable. We realize how ambivalent this development can be, since it also affects elementary fundamental rights which must be protected. This raises the question of the extent to which the gains in freedom and safety in the networked automobile exceed this loss of liberty – or not. How should our society deal with this development? This question and many others relating to legal aspects in connection with the role that the networked vehicle plays in freedom of mobility and communication were discussed at the Ladenburg Roundtable.

Scientific director
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Roßnagel, University of Kassel