Call For Papers: Third Int. Workshop on Security and Privacy in Social Networks 2012 (SPSN 2012)

SPSN 2012: Third Int. Workshop on Security and Privacy in Social Networks 2012

In conjunction with IEEE Conference on Social Computing 3\6 September 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The workshop aims to bring to the forefront innovative approaches for analyzing and enhancing the security and privacy dimensions in online social networks. In order to facilitate the transition of such methods from theory to mechanisms designed and deployed in existing online social networking services, we need to create a common language between the researchers and practitioners of this new area, spanning from the theory of computational social sciences to conventional security and network engineering.


The guiding goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who deal with the design and analysis of online social networking side by side with those who design security and privacy protocols, in order to:

1. Survey and discuss the current state of research that deals with security and privacy in social networks.
2. Create a community of researchers and practitioners who are interested in enabling current social networks to incorporate dedicated security methods.
3. Create new opportunities and set the ground for future collaboration between participants, generating insights that can be carried forward into future work.
4. Foster creativity and imagine the underlying technological changes in the way we network and communicate that will take place over the next 5-10 years.


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered in another forum. We welcome work in progress in addition to more mature work. Submission could be made in the form of either
A short position paper of up to 4 proceedings pages in length.
A full-length technical paper of up to 8 proceedings pages in length.

Submission must be in PDF format, in accordance with the IEEE conference paper style (

Submissions should be done via the submissions website at

All submitted papers will be reviewed and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and quality of presentation by the Technical Program Committee.

Should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors must attend the workshop to present the work in order for the paper to be published by IEEE and included in the IEEE Digital Library.

Accepted papers will be included in the workshop’s proceedings. The organizers intend to publish extended versions of selected papers as a handbook on the topic of security and privacy in social networks.


The proposed topics for the workshop include but are not limited to the following:

Malware propagation in social networks
Information leakage via social networks
Social currency mechanisms, potential and risks
Privacy management in social networks – access controls, permissions
Stealing Reality (malicious application of Reality Mining)
Identity theft in social networks
Collaborative detection of distributed network attacks
Peer-to-peer based security mechanisms
Trust and reputation in social networks
Socially inspired network security architectures
Socially aware network security protocols
Security configuration based on social contexts groups (social-firewall, authentication protocols, etc.)
Configuring security protocol parameters based on social information
Privacy-preserving methods for data access and data mining.

Important Dates
Paper Submission: 26 May 2012
Authors Notification: 3 July 2012
Final Manuscript: 18 July 2012
Workshop Date: 3-6 September 2012

Organizing Committee

Yuval Elovici, Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Yaniv Altshuler, MIT Media Lab
Alex (“Sandy”) Pentland, MIT Media Lab
Armin Cremers, University of Bonn

Technical Program Committee

Bruno Lepri, MIT / FBK, Trento, Italy
Christian Bauckhage, Fraunhofer Institute
V.S Subrahmanian, University of Maryland
Rami Puzis, University of Maryland
Max Little, MIT / Oxford University
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, MIT
Arie Matsliah, IBM Research
Manuel Cebrian, UCSD
Wei Pan, MIT
Muli Ben-Yehuda, Technion and IBM Research
Jean-Pierre Seifert, Technical University of Berlin
Bernhard Loehlein, Deutsche Telekom

Dr. Yaniv Altshuler
MIT Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 20 Ames Street, E15-388, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

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