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*Special Issue on Information Privacy and Trust in Social Media
ICST Transactions on Security and Safety* (

The extensive display of personal information by users of social media has
made security and privacy concerns particularly salient. Many Web 2.0
technologies are highly collaborative where collective action with rich data
exchange is the norm. Social media brought the voluntary disclosure of
personal data to the mainstream, thus exposing users’ published information
with potential abuse by online crooks, stalkers, bullies, and even by their
friends. The goal of this special issue is to report frontier research
addressing the need for a paradigm shift in understanding and addressing
users’ privacy needs in social media. Particular emphases will be put on the
interplay between social and technological issues associated with security,
privacy, and trust in social media with a focus on online social networks.
The issue aims to offer an integrated view of the field by presenting
approaches originating from and drawing upon multiple disciplines.

We welcome research papers that examine technological, conceptual, design,
economic, behavioral, managerial, organizational, and societal aspects of
assuring trust, privacy, and security in social media. Submissions should
describe original, previously unpublished research, not currently under
review by another conference or journal. Suggested topics include, but are
not limited to:
- Defining Privacy 2.0 in online social networks,
- Security and privacy challenges and protection mechanisms,
- User mental models and behavioral dynamics,
- User awareness and training,
- Risk identification and assessment.

*Instructions for Authors and Review Process:*
Submitted papers should not be under consideration elsewhere for
publication. The language of the journal is English. Each paper should be
formatted in double spacing with 1-inch margin, single column of no more
than 8,000 words in length. All texts (excluding title and section headings)
must be in 12-point in one of the standard fonts such as Times, Helvetica,
or Courier. References should be included in alphabetical order in the
Reference section of the paper at the end. Submission file formats are PDF
and Microsoft Word. The first page of the paper should include the title and
the abstract. Please do not disclose any author information in the
manuscript. A rigorous peer review process will be arranged. Each paper will
have at least two independent reviewers.

Manuscripts should be sent electronically to the guest editors (Email to:
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abstracts to the guest editors prior to the submission deadline for early
feedback and indication of suitability.

*Important Dates:*
Papers submission deadline: Feb 18, 2011
Notification of decisions: March 15, 2011
Final Manuscript Due: April 11, 2011
Publication (tentative): May 2011

*Guest Editors:*
Dr. Heng Xu
Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology,
PNC Technologies Career Development Professorship,
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
Email: [log in to unmask]

Dr. Chuan-Hoo Tan
Assistant Professor of Information Systems,
College of Business,
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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