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***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** 14th International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems (SSS 2012)
Oct. 1-4 2012, Toronto, Canada

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:

  • All papers should be submitted via Easy Chair.

    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). 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.

    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.

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