User Privacy and Security


Issues and Challenges of the Diffusion of Web 2.0 on User Privacy and Security, Special issue of Journal of Information Privacy and Security, Edited by Anil Kumar and Poonam Kumar; Abstract deadline 15 Jan

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Call for Papers- Special Issue on “Issues and Challenges of the Diffusion of Web 2.0 on User Privacy and Security”

Journal of Information Privacy and Security

Scope of special issue

Web 2.0 technologies are transforming how people interact, communicate and exchange information. Web 2.0 tools include blogs, wikis, social networking sites, twitter, Flickr, youtube, virtual worlds etc. Web 2.0 provides great value to both individuals and businesses. Individuals can easily connect, interact and generate new content, and businesses are leveraging Web 2.0 to advertise and market products to users. There are millions of users using Web 2.0 tools to create and share content on blogs, wikis, YouTube, Flickr, del.icio.ous and other social networking sites. This use of Web 2.0 applications increases the amount of information that is provided by individuals. This information is a gold mine for businesses that need to extend their reach to consumers.

The eruptive growth of Web 2.0 applications has raised concerns for user privacy and security. As millions of users provide and exchange information on the Internet using Web 2.0 tools, there are concerns about how their personal information is collected and used. The impact of Web 2.0 technologies on user privacy and security is a major issue impacting businesses, researchers, users and policy makers alike.

This special issue will provide a forum to share research related to issues and challenges of the diffusion of web 2.0 on user privacy and security. The issues and challenges of the diffusion of web 2.0 on user privacy can be addressed from multiple perspectives. For example, one can research the issues and challenges from an individual’s perspective, organizational perspective, society perspective, or government perspective. Each perspective presents unique issues that can be examined or challenges that need to be addressed. In the following paragraphs we list potential questions that can be addressed in this context.

Individual Perspective: Do people care? Do people know? Do people understand? Does age matter? Does culture impact people understanding or attitude?

Organizational Perspective: Do organizations do a good job of informing users on privacy policies? Do organizations solicit feedback on their privacy policies? Do organizations educate (train) employees on consumer privacy? How do organizations leverage shared on social networks?

Society Perspective: How does the diffusion of web 2.0 impact privacy issues in society? How has societal perspective on privacy transformed with the evolution of web 2.0? Are there any differences in how societies around the world view the impact of web 2.0 on privacy and security?

Government Perspective: What policies and laws are needed to address privacy and security issues in the context of web 2.0? What role should national governments play in drafting policies and laws to address these issues? What unique challenges and opportunities does this create for governments around the world?

Submission guidelines

The submitted papers must be written in English and describe original research which is not published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Please check the journal website ( for details on submission guidelines. Please submit all submissions to Anil Kumar ( or Poonam Kumar (

Guest editors

Anil Kumar
Central Michigan University

Poonam Kumar
Saginaw Valley State University

Important dates

Submission of abstract (1-2 page): January 15, 2010
Submission of paper: March 15, 2010
Acceptance notification: May 15, 2010
Revisions due: July 15, 2010
Publication date: October 2010

We look forward to receiving your submissions for the special issue. Please forward all inquiries to Anil Kumar ( or Poonam Kumar (