On the Concept of Trust in Online Social Networks

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Author(s): Henric Johnson, Niklas Lavesson, Haifeng Zhao, Shyhtsun Felix Wu
Title: On the Concept of Trust in Online Social Networks
Book: Trustworthy Internet
Year: 2011
Pagination: 143-157
Editor: Luca Salgarelli, Giuseppe Bianchi, Nicola Blefari-Melazzi
ISBN: 978-8847018174
Publisher: Springer
URI/DOI: 10.1007/978-88-470-1818-1_11
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail: henric.johnson@bth.se, niklas.lavesson@bth.se, zhaohf83@gmail.com, wu@cs.ucdavis.edu
Language: English
Abstract: Online Social Networks (OSNs), such as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace, provide new and interesting ways to communicate, share, and meet on the Internet. On the one hand, these features have arguably made many of the OSNs quite popular among the general population but the growth of these networks has raised issues and concerns related to trust, privacy and security. On the other hand, some would argue that the true potential of OSNs has yet to be unleashed. The mainstream media have uncovered a rising number of potential and occurring problems, including: incomprehensible security settings, unlawful spreading of private or copyrighted information, the occurrence of threats and so on. We present a set of approaches designed to improve the trustworthiness of OSNs. Each approach is described and related to ongoing research projects and to views expressed about trust by surveyed OSN users. Finally, we present some interesting pointers to future work.
Subject: Computer Science\Electronic security
Computer Science\Networks and Communications
Computer Science\General
Keywords: trust, online social networks, social computing