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Distinguished Lecture Series, December 3, 2009

Date & Time:
December 3, 2009 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Title: KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE: Protection Technologies for Social Network Systems

Location: Biosciencs RM 587

Speaker: Dr. W.L. Fong

Web-based social computing applications such as social networks, blogs, wikis and the like have emerged as popular platforms for decentralized information sharing. For instance, Facebook, a popular social network system (SNS), currently claims over 300 million active users. Yet, concerns over the security and privacy of SNSs make mainstream media news almost as frequently as news about their popularity.

In this lecture I will survey some of the security and privacy challenges surrounding social network systems, and offer an overview of research projects currently conducted in the iCORE Information Security Lab that are aimed at addressing these issues.


Philip Fong is a Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in Software Security and an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary. He was a faculty member at the Department of Computer Science, University of Regina, from 2003 to 2008. He received his B.Math. and M.Math. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University. His research interests include language-based security, access control, as well as security and privacy for social network systems.

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