Privacy Management in Agent-Based Social Networks: (Doctoral Consortium)

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Abstract / Description of output

In online social networks (OSNs), users are allowed to create and share content about themselves and others. When multiple entities start distributing content, information can reach unintended individuals and inference can reveal more information about the user. Existing applications do not focus on detecting privacy violations before they occur in the system. This thesis proposes an agent-based representation of a social network, where the agents manage users’ privacy requirements and create privacy agreements with agents. The privacy context, such as the relations among users, various content types in the system, and so on a rerepresented with a formal language. By reasoning with this formal language, an agent checks the current state of the system to resolve privacy violations before they occur. We argue that commonsense reasoning could be useful to solve some of privacy examples reported in the literature. We will develop new methods to automatically identify private information using commonsense reasoning, which has never been applied to privacy context. Moreover, agents may have conflicting privacy requirements. We will study how to use agreement technologies in privacy settings for agents to resolve conflicts automatically.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Place of PublicationRichland, SC
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3413-6
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2015
Event2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 May 20158 May 2015


Conference2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Abbreviated titleAAMAS'15

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Distributed Artificial Intelligence
  • Multiagent systems
  • Algorithms
  • Management
  • Design
  • Privacy
  • Commitment
  • Ontology


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