The Fourth International Workshop on Trusted Collaboration

Research Article

An opensocial extension for enabling user-controlled persona in online social networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8401,
        author={Rodrigo Lopes and Hakan Akkan and William Claycomb and Dongwan Shin},
        title={An opensocial extension for enabling user-controlled persona in online social networks},
        proceedings={The Fourth International Workshop on Trusted Collaboration},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={TRUSTCOL},
        year={2009},
        month={12},
        keywords={user privacy, social network, opensocial},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8401}
    }
    
  • Rodrigo Lopes
    Hakan Akkan
    William Claycomb
    Dongwan Shin
    Year: 2009
    An opensocial extension for enabling user-controlled persona in online social networks
    TRUSTCOL
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8401
Rodrigo Lopes1,*, Hakan Akkan1,*, William Claycomb1,*, Dongwan Shin1,*
  • 1: Secure Computing Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM 87801
*Contact email: rodrigo@nmt.edu, hakkan@nmt.edu, billc@nmt.edu, doshin@nmt.edu

Abstract

User privacy is a challenging issue that must be addressed urgently in current online social networking (SN) sites. One of the fundamental problems associated with the issue is the lack of support of a user-centric approach to managing and sharing user profile information in current SN systems. In this paper we present a user-centric approach based on a credential system to enabling a user-controlled attribute (persona) sharing in online SN sites. Specifically we extend a Google-initiated open source project called OpenSocial, which provides a framework to support user attribute sharing between gadgets and online SN sites, in order to allow users to selectively share their attributes among online SN sites. This paper details the design and implementation of our extension.