Social Networks and Future Internet

I attended this cool workshop in annecy, france. Talks included (i'll cover only the 'social networks side' of the workshop):

Reliable data collection to study privacy concerns of OSN mobile users. Fehmi Abdesselem introduced a user study that is currently running amoung non-CS students in a variety of universities, including UCL and St. Andrews. The research question is  how users behave as they share information with mobile social applications. One of their papers.

Interests' semantics-driven inference of personal information. Dali Kafaar presented his research group's work on how to predict one's personal information (gender, age, …) based on what one likes in Facebook. In the future, they will work on: 1) privacy-aware technologies for recsys, smart meters, and mobile computing; 2) profiling and tracking online social networking users; and 3) user-generated content with expiration dates (a-la-ephimerizer).

How citation boosts promote scientific paradigm shifts and nobel prizes. Young-Ho Eom is studying paradigm shits in science by tracking citations of scholars (including nobel laurates) over time. (he might have a paper on PlosOne)

Sociological Basis for Social Network Analysis. Wonjae Lee recalled a quite nice spatial regression model from this paper [baller02], which is about: "One of sociology's defining debates centers on explanations of the geographic pat- terning of suicide. This classic debate is revisited using techniques of spatial analy- sis and data for two geographies: late nineteenth-century French departments, and late twentieth-century U.S. counties." [baller02] Baller, Robert D., and Kelly Richardson.  "Social Integration, Imitation and the Geographic Patterning of Suicide." 2002

Stable boundaries in social networks? Establishing and negotiating the permissible across virtual spaces and transnational boundaries. Ben Wagner discussed  how social-networking services currently decide what type of content is acceptable on social networks. It seems that social-networking services employ "community managers"  who take  final decisions on what is appropriate and what is not (extreme case: few services have outsourced the whole process to  call centres)


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