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SuPiSN 2010 : Special Issue: Security and Privacy in Social Networks, IEEE Internet Computing


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Abstract Registration Due Aug 15, 2010
Submission Deadline Sep 1, 2010
Notification Due Nov 12, 2010
Final Version Due Feb 11, 2011
Categories    security   privacy   social networks

Call For Papers

Call for Papers:
IEEE Internet Computing Special Issue on
Security and Privacy in Social Networks
May/June 2011

Guest Editors: Gail-Joon Ahn (Arizona State University),
Mohamed Shehab (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and
Anna Squicciarini (Penn State University)

Scope: Social networks where people exchange personal and public information have enabled
users to connect with their friends, coworkers, colleagues, family and even with strangers.
Several social networking sites have developed to facilitate such social interactions and sharing
activities on the Internet over the past several years. The popularity of social networking sites on
the Internet introduces the use of mediatedÐcommunication into the relationship development

Also, online social networks have recently emerged as a promising area of research with a vast
reach and application space. Users post information on their profiles to share and interact with
their other friends in the social network. Social networks are not limited to simple entertaining
applications; instead several critical businesses have adopted social networks to attract new
customer spaces and to provide new services. The current trends of social networks are indirectly
requiring users to become system and policy administrators for protecting their content in this
social setting. This is further complicated by the rapid growth rate of social networks and by the
continuous adoption of new services on social networks. Furthermore, the use of personal
information in social networks raises entirely new privacy concerns and requires new insights on
security problems.

Several studies and recent news have highlighted the increasing risk of misuse of personal data
processed by online social networking applications and the lack of awareness among the user
population. The security needs of social networks are still not well understood and are not fully
defined. Nevertheless it is clear these will be quite different from classic security requirements. It
is important to bring a depth of security experience from multiple security domains and
technologies to this field as well as depth and breadth of knowledge about social networks.

The aim of this special issue is to encompass research advances in all areas of security and
privacy in social networks. We welcome contributions relating to novel technologies and
methodologies for securely building and managing social networks and relevant secure
applications as well as to cross-cutting issues.

Topics of interest: include but are not limited to
-Access control and identity management

* Delegation and secure collaboration
* Information flow, diffusion and auditing
* Malware analysis in social networks
* Privacy challenges and mechanism
* Risk assessment and management
* Secure social-network application development and methodologies
* Secure object tagging, bookmarking and annotations
* Trust and reputation management
* Usability driven security mechanisms

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission (via Email to: August 15, 2010
Submission deadline: September 1, 2010
Preliminary notification of acceptance: November 12, 2010
Camera-ready manuscript due: February 11, 2011
Expected publication: May/June 2011 Issue

Submission Guidelines: Please send a brief description of the article you plan to submit by August 15, 2010 to the following email address: (subject line: Security and Privacy in Social Networks), then upload your submission by September 1, 2010 to the Manuscript Central at

Each paper should be formatted in double spacing, single column of no more than 5000 words in
length. Author instructions can be found at the Author Center of IEEE Internet Computing.
Prospective authors should submit their papers online through the Manuscript Central.

Contact information: Gail-Joon Ahn (

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