Security and Privacy Preserving in Social Networks

Part of the series Lecture Notes in Social Networks pp 157-191


Social Semantic Network-Based Access Control

  • Serena VillataAffiliated withINRIA, Sophia Antipolis Email author 
  • , Luca CostabelloAffiliated withINRIA, Sophia Antipolis
  • , Fabien GandonAffiliated withINRIA, Sophia Antipolis
  • , Catherine Faron-ZuckerAffiliated withI3S, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis - CNRS
  • , Michel BuffaAffiliated withI3S, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis - CNRS

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Social networks are the bases of the so-called Web 2.0, raising many new challenges to the research community. In particular, the ability of these networks to allow the users to share their own personal information with other people opens new issues concerning privacy and access control. Nowadays the Web has further evolved into the Social Semantic Web where social networks are integrated and enhanced by the use of semantic conceptual models, e.g., the ontologies, where the social information and links among the users become semantic information and links. In this chapter, we discuss which are the benefits of introducing semantics in social network-based access control. In particular, we analyze and detail two approaches to manage the access rights of the social network users relying on Semantic Web languages only, and we highlight, thanks to these two proposals, what are pros and cons of introducing semantics in social networks access control. Finally, we report on the other existing approaches coupling semantics and access control in the context of social networks.