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               14th SSS - Track on Social Networks

Online Social Networks have become the main communication medium of
consumers, catering for almost the whole of all Web users. Current
development indicates the establishment of a social layer, a fabric of
social networking services identifying the individual users, as well as
their mutual interactions, covering all activities on the Web, and
beyond. Data collection and behavioural tracking increasingly integrate
not only content- and entertainment providers, but also off-line
activities, with identification services like Facebook and Google+. At
the core of this social overlay, the latter still represent centralized
systems for massive data collection and analysis. They hence breed
issues for the security of users. These include threats to the privacy,
caused by centralized access to unparalleled collections of personally
identifiable information. The risk of data leakage and data loss as well
as the lack of availability due to the scale of the services, represent
further open issues.
Distribution of storage and control is one promising, possible solution
that has been proposed in the recent past. Even though aiming to improve
security by removing the gatekeeper of the centralized provider, these
approaches have not proven their security benefit, and yet need to
improve availability and performance.
Leveraging the implicitly contained knowledge about the users and their
behaviour, on the other hand, could yield the necessary enhancements.
The Social Networks Track targets all three of these issues: enhancing
reliability and resilience of the centralized services, advances through
decentralization, and exploiting social aspects to improve distributed
systems.
For more detailed information, please consult the Web site:
http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/conferences/sss2012/track_SocialNetwork.html

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Social network service reliability
- Countermeasures to attacks on social networks
- Social networks and the Cloud
- Decentralized online social networks
- Federated social networks
- Interoperability between social networks
- Mobile social networks
- Non-intrusive exploitation of social links and social structures for
   + distributed storage
   + location-based services
   + distributed recommenders
   + p2p networks
   + opportunistic networks


Committee:
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Track PC Chairs
  Sonja Buchegger, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
  Thorsten Strufe, TU Darmstadt, Germany

Technical Programme Committee
  Adriana Iamnitchi, University of South Florida, US
  Anwitaman Datta, NTU, Singapore
  Artur Hecker, Telekom ParisTech, France
  Bala Krishnamurthy, AT&T, US
  Daniele Quercia, Cambridge University, UK
  Gunnar Kreitz, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
  Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham, UK
  Stefan Saroiu, Microsoft Research, US
  Stefan Schmid, T-Labs, TU Berlin, Germany


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Thorsten Strufe                    Networks and Distributed Systems
TU Darmstadt                        http://www.p2p.tu-darmstadt.de/
CASED                                          http://www.cased.de/

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