Special Issue on Privacy and Trust Management in Cloud and Distributed Systems

Guest Editors

Karl Aberer             École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland 
Sen-ching Samson Cheung University of Kentucky, USA (
Jayant Haritsa          Indian Institute of Science, India (
Bill Horne              Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, USA (
Kai Hwang               University of Southern California, USA (
Yan (Lindsay) Sun       University of Rhode Island, USA (

With the increasing drive towards availability of data and services
anytime anywhere, privacy risks have significantly
increased. Unauthorized disclosure, modification, usage, or
uncontrolled access to privacy-sensitive data may result in high human
and financial costs. In the distributed computing environments, trust
plays a crucial role in mitigating the privacy risk by guaranteeing
meaningful interactions, data sharing, and communications.

Trust management is a key enabling technology for security and privacy
enhancement. While privacy preservation and trust management are
already challenging problems, it is imperative to explore how
privacy-oriented and trust-oriented approaches can integrate to bring
new solutions in safeguarding information sharing and protecting
critical cyber- infrastructure. Furthermore, there are questions about
whether existing trust models and privacy preserving schemes are
robust against attacks. This Call for Papers invites researchers to
contribute original articles that cover a broad range of topics
related to privacy preservation and trust management in cloud and
distributed systems, with a focus on emerging networking contexts such
as social media, cloud computing, and power grid systems.

Example topics include but are not limited to

* Privacy Enhanced Technology: privacy preserving data mining,
  publishing, and disclosure; access control, anonymity, audit, and
  authentication; applied cryptography, cryptanalysis, and digital
  signatures in PET; abuse cases and threat modeling; theoretical
  models and formal methods; application of physical security for
  privacy enhancement.

* Trust and Reputation Management: trust management architectures and
  trust models; quantitative metrics and computation; security of
  trust management protocols/systems; evaluation and test bed; trust
  related privacy enhancement solutions.

* Privacy and Trust in Emerging Complex Systems including: social
  networking; cloud computing; power grid systems; sensor networks;
  Internet of Things; multimedia surveillance networks.

* Other Related Topics such as trust and privacy policies; human
  factors and usability; censorship; economics of trust and privacy;
  behavior modeling.

Submission Procedure: Manuscripts are to be submitted according to the
Information for Authors at
using the IEEE online manuscript system, Manuscript Central. Papers
must not have appeared or be under review elsewhere.

Submission deadline:        May 31, 2012
First Review:               September 12, 2012
Revisions Due:              October 31, 2012
Final Decision:             January 15, 2013
Final manuscript due:       February 20, 2013
Tentative publication date: June 1, 2013

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