***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** | apologies for crossposting | 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: ---------- 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 -- Thorsten Strufe Networks and Distributed Systems TU Darmstadt http://www.p2p.tu-darmstadt.de/ CASED http://www.cased.de/ _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.