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Privacy in Sound-Based Social Networks

  • João Cordeiro
  • Álvaro Barbosa
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 473)


In this paper we address the issue of privacy in Online Social Networks (OSN), focusing on those that use environmental sound as a contextual cue for users activity. Through the use of a costume-made research tool consisting of an Online Sound-Based Social Network (OSBSN), we undertook scientific experiments aiming to assess how users deal with the use of sound. Results show that contextual sound is regarded as important and useful for OSN but raises important privacy concerns. In order to deal with this constraint, we propose a system based on the automatic classification of sound environment rather than capturing and sharing actual audio.


Acoustic Communication Mobile Computing Online Social Networks Privacy Online Sound-Based Social Networks Soundscapes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • João Cordeiro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Álvaro Barbosa
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Creative IndustriesUniversity of Saint JosephMacau, China
  2. 2.CITAR – Research Center for Science and Technology of the ArtsPortuguese Catholic UniversityOportoPortugal

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