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WOSN 2010 Call for Papers

3rd Workshop on Online Social Networks (WOSN 2010)

June 22, 2010
Boston, MA, USA

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

Important Dates

  • Paper submissions due: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday, April 30, 2010
  • Final papers due: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Workshop Organizers

Program Co-Chairs
Bruce Maggs, Duke University and Akamai Technologies
Andrew Tomkins, Google

Program Committee
Lada Adamic, University of Michigan
Lars Backstrom, Facebook Inc.
Bobby Bhattacharjee, University of Maryland
Dan Boneh, Stanford University
Meeyoung Cha, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Graham Cormode, AT&T Labs—Research
Josh Elman, Twitter Inc.
Nick Feamster, Georgia Tech
Pierre Fraigniaud, CNRS and Université Paris Diderot
Scott Golder, Cornell University
Akshay Java, MSN, Microsoft
Mike Kearns, University of Pennsylvania
David Kempe, University of Southern California
Balachander Krishnamurthy, AT&T Labs—Research
Ravi Kumar, Yahoo! Research
Jure Leskovec, Stanford University
Jinyang Li, New York University
Athina Markopoulou, University of California, Irvine
Cameron Marlow, Facebook Inc.
Sue Moon, KAIST, Korea
Reza Rejaie, University of Oregon
Masashi Toyoda, Tokyo University
Ben Zhao, University of California, Santa Barbara

Steering Committee
Thomas Karagiannis, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Balachander Krishnamurthy, AT&T Labs—Research
Margo Seltzer, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Milan Vojnovic, Microsoft Research Cambridge


With over half a billion users worldwide, online social networks (OSN) are now a mainstream research area with thriving sub-communities among theoretical physicists, epidemiologists, economists, sociologists, and computer scientists.

The first two WOSN workshops were co-located with the ACM SIGCOMM Conference on Computer Communication. The 3rd WOSN will be co-located with other USENIX conferences being held June 22–25, 2010. It will explore all aspects of online social networks, from their embedding in measurable physical devices (fixed and mobile) to the complex interpersonal interactions that take place at the application layer. The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the challenges and important questions posed by online social applications and their infrastructure, as well as the trends and directions that will inform the online social landscape of the future.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Internet-scale measurement and analysis of online communities
  • Correlation of different types or instances of social networks
  • API/application toolkit software architectures and system design
  • Mobile social networks
  • Privacy in online social networks
  • Experiences with deployed artifacts (e.g., Facebook applications)
  • Diffusion and viral propagation in online social networks
  • Economic models for online social networks
  • Social gaming applications
  • Implications of social networking on network and distributed systems design
  • System design for social networks
  • Trust systems based on social networks
  • Temporal evolution of social networks
  • Network architecture design to support large-scale social applications
  • Search strategies in social networks
  • Rating, review, reputation, filtering, expertise, interest, and trust
  • Identification of communities and their evolution in time
  • Social media analysis: blogs and friendship networks
  • Information sharing and forwarding
  • Anonymity and privacy and usability (of tools to manage)
  • Decentralized (ad hoc) network applications and services
  • Challenges posed by social networks

Submission Instructions

The workshop solicits original, previously unpublished ideas or completed work, position papers, and/or work-in-progress papers. Submissions must not be under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal. We encourage papers that propose new research directions or could generate lively debate at the workshop.

Submissions must be in PDF and must not exceed 9 (nine) 8.5" x 11" pages in length. Note: Due to the significant difference in usenix.sty and the past WOSN ACM.sty files, we have increased the maximum page length to 9 pages. Your paper should be typeset in two-column format in 10 point type on 12 point (single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. Reviews will be "single-blind," so author names and affiliations should be included in the submission version. Submissions must follow these formatting guidelines and must be submitted via the Web submission form. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop.

All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the workshop. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the day of the workshop, June 22, 2010.

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX WOSN 2010 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Note, however, that we expect that many papers accepted for WOSN 2010 will eventually be extended as full papers suitable for presentation at future conferences. Questions? Contact your program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,

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