SocialSec 2014: 1st Workshop on Social Network Security

First Workshop on Social Network Security (SocialSec 2014)

A Workshop organized in conjunction with IEEE IRI 2014

San Francisco, California, August 13-15, 2014.

Call for Papers

Social Networking has become a major factor in our everyday lives. We post, view, and disseminate vast quantities of information on online social networks. However, this has given rise to a new threat to security and privacy. As many people post a plethora of personal information in social networks, malicious parties have misused this to violate the confidentiality and privacy of the information. Social networking has also led to cases of stalking, impersonations, malware and spam distribution, and large scale surveillance. At the same time, the rise of social networks have allowed security researchers to gather valuable data about human behavior and trust relationships. In this workshop, we want to explore the impact of online social networks on security and privacy.
The goal of this workshop is to discuss new research ideas associated with Social Networking security and privacy. In particular, we seek ideas, analyses, and evaluations of various aspects of security and privacy in social networks.
Topics of Interest
The scope of this workshop includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
  • Authentication in Social Networks
  • Access control in Social Networks
  • Privacy
  • Information Leakage
  • Trust in Social Networks
  • Intelligence gathering in Social Networks
  • Security in Mobile Social Networks
  • Location privacy in Social Networks
  • Authorship attribution in Social Network discussions
  • Availability of Social Networks
  • Confidentiality
  • Malware dissemination via Social Networks
  • Profiling
  • Surveillance
  • SPAM/phishing in Social Networks


We seek original research papers up to 6 pages including references in ACM SIG conference format. Papers should describe  previously unpublished work, not currently under review or accepted by another conference, workshop, or journal. An electronic version of the full paper should be submitted by the paper submission deadline to EasyChair ( Each paper will be peer reviewed by at least two experts. Papers should be blinded to anonymize author identities and affiliations. Papers accepted by the workshops will be published in the conference proceedings published by IEEE Computer Society Press.

Important Dates


– Paper submission deadline: June 10, 2014 June 30, 2014 (Firm)
– Acceptance Notification: July 13, 2014
– Camera-ready paper due: July 17, 2014
– Conference events: August 13-15, 2014



Program Chair:
Ragib Hasan, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Organizing Chair:
Md Munirul Haque, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Program Committee:

Adam J. Lee, University of Pittsburgh

Elisa Bertino, Purdue University

Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Marquette University

Sabrina De Capitani Di Vimercati, Università degli Studi di Milano

Pierangela Samarati, Università degli Studi di Milano

Mohamed Shehab, UNC Charlotte

Gabriel Ghinita, UMass Boston

Shishir Nagaraja, University of Birmingham


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