SPION: Deliverable 2.1: State of the Art now available
Online Social Networks play an important role in the daily digital interactions for more than half a billion users around the world. The various personal information sharing practices have led to their success as innovative social interaction platforms. At the same time, these practices have led to critique and concerns with respect to privacy and security.
Studying and addressing these privacy and security concerns in online social networks is the research challenge that researchers are undertaking in SPION.
This document provides an overview of existing literature and case descriptions of social and community uses of online Social Network Services (SNS). It gives a summary of available educational solutions and empirical evidence of the efficiency and efficacy and the satisfaction they generate. It represents an analysis of legal frameworks applicable to SNS and reviews confidentiality, access control and information flow, as well as feedback and awareness solutions. The Deliverable also includes an analysis of how the gaps and challenges in the different disciplines represented in the project are interrelated, mapping out research gaps and potentials for future interdisciplinary research on privacy and security in online Social Network Services.