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**14th International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of
Distributed Systems (SSS 2012)**
Oct. 1-4 2012, Toronto, Canada
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Submission deadline: 27th April 2012*

Special Track on Social Networks
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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.

*Topics 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


All papers should be submitted via _Easy Chair_
<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sss2012>.

*Submission format:* Two types of papers will be considered, *Regular
Papers* and *Brief Announcements*. Submission for regular papers should
be no longer than 15 pages (including the title, authors, abstract,
figures, and references) in LNCS style (see LNCS author guidelines
<http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0>). A
submission may have an appendix of no more than two pages beyond the 15
page limit. Brief announcements are restricted to two pages in LNCS
style, with no appendix. Submissions deviating from these guidelines
will be rejected without consideration of their merits. If requested by
the authors, through the submission system, a regular submission that is
not selected for a regular presentation will also be considered for a
brief announcement. Such a request will not affect the consideration of
the paper as a regular paper first. A paper submitted to this forum is
expected to be original research not previously published. A submission
may not be concurrently submitted to another conference, workshop, or
journal.

    * Easy Chair submission page
      <https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sss2012>
    * LNCS author guidelines
      <http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0>

*Best Paper and Best Student Awards:* A best paper and best student
paper award will be selected by the program committee. A paper is
eligible for the best student award if at least one of its authors is a
full-time student at the time of submission.

Proceedings will be published in Springer's LNCS, Lecture Notes in
Computer Science
<http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/conferences/sss2012/www.springer.com/lncs>.


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