报告题目：Security and Privacy in Mobile Social Networks
报告人：Xiaodong Lin, Associate Professor University
of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Nowadays, people across the world are increasingly turning to social media, and industries are also starting to embrace it to improve and broaden their businesses. Social media represents a virtual community in which people with a shared interest, such as a specific hobby or activity, can interact and socialize with each other. As such, online social networks (or online communities of interest) are formed, uniting their members and providing opportunities of mutual interest.
The concept of the social network has, in recent years, also been emerging from information and communication technology perspectives in order to provide efficient communication platforms and computing systems to deliver data services to a variety of social networking applications. This model is especially effective when it also takes a user’s current social context into consideration, for example, their physical locations. Recently, with the pervasiveness of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, a mobile version of the social network known as Mobile Social Network (MSN), is booming; MSN is characterized by the use of wireless communication techniques and smartphones. It brings us a ubiquitous and omnipotent communication platform, helping us to stay connected better than ever; however, despite the tremendous benefits of MSN and its applications, MSN still faces many security and privacy challenges. In this talk, I will first introduce cyber security and privacy challenges in mobile social networks. Then, I will focus on one important topic in MSN security and privacy, namely privacy-preserving profile matching (PPM), and its use in various MSN applications. The PPM helps two users compare their personal profiles without disclosing the profiles. Finally I will present my view of future directions in this research area.
Xiaodong Lin received the PhD degree in Information Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, and the PhD degree (with Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Business and Information Technology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada.
His research interests include wireless communications and network security, computer forensics, software security, and applied cryptography. Dr. Lin serves as an Associate Editor for many international journals. He has served or is serving as a guest editor for many special issues of IEEE, Elsevier and Springer journals and as a symposium chair or track chair for IEEE/ACM conferences. He also served on many program committees. He currently serves as Vice Chair for Publications of Communications and Information Security Technical Committee (CISTC) – IEEE Communications Society (January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015). He is a senior member of the IEEE.