Call for Contributions: Book on Security and Privacy preserving in Social Networks

The book is to be published by Springer Verlag (Lecture Notes in Social Networks).

Deadline for brief chapter description proposal: April 25th, 2012 (extended)
Deadline for chapter submission: June 15th, 2012

Description and Objectives

Online social networks provide users, within their platforms, powerful ways to interact with other users through different forms and modalities.
Consequently, each user can search and check the profiles of her social network members (for various reasons), exchange messages with some of them, publish some photos, and post comments on shared photos, etc.
Although such tools are attracting continuously more and more users, several security and privacy problems related to their usage are emerging.
For instance, how to provide users with an easy way to protect their shared data? How to protect a data repository (e.g., photo album) while several related information about the same content is already published (by some user friends) on the same or other blog/wiki/social network? How to define publication strategies? etc.

The general aim of this book is to assess the current approaches and technologies, as well as to outline the major challenges and future perspectives, related to the security and privacy protection of social networks.
It provides an overview of the state of the art, latest techniques, studies, and approaches as well as future directions in this field, by including a wide range of interdisciplinary contributions from various research groups.

The primary target audience for the book includes researchers, scholars, postgraduate students and developers who are interested in social network security and protection.


Below is a non exhaustive list of topics to be addressed by the chapters:

  • Social network description and representation
  • Trust and privacy management
  • Risks and threats of social networking
  • Trace analysis on social networks
  • User profiling and related risks
  • Ethical conflicts in social networks as well as the moral implications
  • Relationship management and discovery
  • Anonymity preserving
  • Social terrorism
  • Social network-based access control
  • Abnormal activities on social networks

Paper Submission

Authors are kindly invited first to send (before April 25, 2012) a brief email to the editors in which they provide a description of the chapter to be submitted.
Full chapters (not exceeding 50 pages) must be uploaded before June 15th 2012 at: All submitted chapters will be reviewed by at least two reviewers.

Important Dates

Deadline for brief chapter description proposal: April 25th, 2012 (extended)
Deadline for chapter submission: June 15th, 2012
Notification of acceptance/rejection/revision of chapters: August 15th, 2012
Deadline for submission of final chapters: September 15th, 2012
Publication of the book: End of 2012


Richard Chbeir, Bourgogne University, France (
Béchara Al Bouna, Qatar university, Qatar (

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