Departmental Seminar

18/11/2014 - 14:00


 Dr. Inbal Yahav-Shenberger & Prof. David Schwartz

Graduate School of  Business Administration Bar-Ilan University



Detecting Unintentional Information

Leakage in Social Media News Comments



Our research concerns unintentional information leakage (UIL) through social networks, and in particular, Facebook. Organizations often use forms of self-censorship in order to maintain security. Non-identification of individuals, products, or places is seen as a sufficient means of information protection. A prime example is the replacement of a name with a supposedly non-identifying initial. This has traditionally been effective in obfuscating the identity of military personnel, protected witnesses, minors, victims or suspects who need to be granted a level of protection through anonymity. We challenge the effectiveness of this form of censorship in light of current uses and ongoing developments in Social Networks showing that name-obfuscation mandated by court or military order can be systematically compromised through the unintentional actions of public social network commenters. We propose a qualitative method for recognition and characterization of UIL followed by a quantitative study that automatically detects UIL comments.


The Artical:    /files/mba/shared/media/socialsec2014-final.pdf