Collaborative Communities for Social Сomputing

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Privacy through Web-Traveler Policies in Social Network Environments

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2011.247169,
        author={Smitha Sundareswaran and Anna Squicciarini},
        title={Privacy through Web-Traveler Policies in Social Network Environments},
        proceedings={Collaborative Communities for Social Сomputing},
        keywords={privacy collaboration web 20 folksonomies},
  • Smitha Sundareswaran
    Anna Squicciarini
    Year: 2012
    Privacy through Web-Traveler Policies in Social Network Environments
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2011.247169
Smitha Sundareswaran1, Anna Squicciarini1,*
  • 1: Pennsylvania State University
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Social networking sites are ingrained in the fabric of our day-to-day lives, with these sites being widely used to exchange personal information and content. Some forms of access control are provided by the sites themselves to protect the user-uploaded content. However, these types of control are limited in that they require the user's input for the effective protection, otherwise a default policy which provides minimal protection is often applied. Towards providing extended content protection, in this paper we propose an approach for automated user-uploaded content control. Automatic enforcement allows us to extend the protection of content for unprotected files, preventing underage viewers from accessing adult content, tracking stolen or misused copyright-free images. This work builds upon the notion of ` \WebT~ policies', previously introduced as a new class of content control policies. In the paper, we also provide a proof of concept implementation of our algorithms for automatic propagation for images in order to prove the applicability and strength of our approach.