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Special Session on Social Networking (SocNets)

Goal:  Social Networking (SocNets) has attracted billions of active users and this critical mass of users is increasing exponentially.  Internet social network applications such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc. are providing valuable social information on contacts and their relationships.  Wireless and mobile devices which are capable of creating, storing, processing, forwarding and sharing content are socially connected in a new radical networking and adaptive architecture harnessing the social behavior and mobility of the users.  Thus, SocNets enable pervasive connectivity without the need to maintain fully connected always-on networks.

Such SocNets communities trigger exciting research interests in collaborative systems arising from the analysis of the structure and properties of SocNets. The use of private social information provides additional avenues for new networking operations --- for example, problems that allow the exploitation of SocNets to solve network and system security vulnerabilities, and how these new social network solutions can shape the design of secured distributed systems and networks; development of cross-layered architecture for diverse pervasive applications to distribute user-generated content based on social relationships and behaviors; etc.  It also requires the cross-disciplinary research integration of computer science and engineering, biology, physics, anthropology, social sciences, etc.

The goal of this special session is to catalyse cross-disciplinary research discussions that are of relevance to new and novel computer networking ideas and applications, and experimental results in the area of SocNets.  We solicit original, previously unpublished ideas on completed work, position papers, and/or work-in-progress papers. We also encourage papers that propose new research directions that could generate lively debate at the special session.

Topics of Interests:

       .  Implications of social networking on future network archiecture
       .  System design for social networks
       .  New social science of networks
       .  Physical and virtual social networks
       .  Social-based mobility
       .  Mobile and pervasive social networks
       .  Social community-based communication
       .  Real world applications of social network analysis and theory
       .  New social-inspired content creation and distribution networks
       .  New aspects of trust, privacy and security systems in social networking
       .  Data confidentiality and integrity of social networks


Session Organizers:
Eng Keong Lua,
Ruichuan Chen,
Zhong Chen,