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With increase in the usage of the Internet, there has been an exponential increase in the use of online social media and networks on the Internet. Websites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Google+, FourSquare, Pinterest, Tinder, and the likes have changed the way the Internet is being used. However, widely used, there is a lack of understanding of privacy and security issues on online social media. Privacy and security of online social media need to be investigated, studied and characterized from various perspectives (computational, cultural, psychological, etc.). Student completing the course will be able to appreciate various privacy and security concerns (spam, phishing, fraud nodes, identity theft) on Online Social Media and Student will be able to clearly articulate one or two concerns comprehensively on one Online Social Media, this will be achieved by homework.

S.No. Lessons/Topics
1 What is Online Social Networks, data collection from social networks, challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls in online social networks, APIs
2 Collecting data from Online Social Media.
3 Trust, credibility, and reputations in social systems
4 Trust, credibility, and reputations in social systems
5 Online social Media and Policing
6 Information privacy disclosure, revelation and its effects in OSM and online social networks
7 Phishing in OSM & Identifying fraudulent entities in online social networks
8 Refresher for all topics


Basic / Intermediate programming course. Understanding of Python will be necessary for the course. Should be able to quickly learn APIs, and to collect data from social networks.


All above are optional.

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