Invitation & CfP Federated Social Web Europe 2011 OneSocialWeb

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Matthias Mehldau

Apr 20, 2011, 1:37:57 PM4/20/11
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Dear everyone,

from June 3rd until June 5th 2011, a second iteration of the Federated
Social Web Conference takes place in Berlin.

We invite you to discuss the challenges faced by decentral social
networks and make progress in building a "federated social web". The
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with support from the PrimeLife EU-
Research-Project are organizing FSW2011.

You can find more information on our website or within the attached
Call for Participation.

We would be very happy to recieve a paper or two form you context or
maybe even an attandance. If money would be an issue causing that
really no one of your project could make it, we will try our best.

If you have any questions, please don't hesistate to contact me.

Best Regards from Berlin,
Federated Social Web - Europe // event-coordination

Call for Participation
Federated Social Web Europe 2011 #fsw2011

Friday to Sunday, June 3-5, 2011
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin


Goals and Scope
Workshop/Conference format
Workshop Organization
Expression of Interest
Position papers
Important dates
Program committee


The Web is not only hyperlinks, but also encompasses the social
relationships that link humanity together. Driven by social
networking, micro-blogging, and open data, this Social Web is becoming
a vital mode of communication across wider and wider sections of the
planet, with innovative and disruptive effects.

Currently the Social Web exists as a number of “closed silos” that
limit their users to relationships with those who have accounts on the
same site. If the Web is to remain a universal information space, the
Social Web should allow users to communicate across the entire Web, in
a similar manner to how e-mail and telephones allow us to communicate
across diverse networks regardless of the particular provider.

Diverse social networking sites could federate using inter-operable
standards to share social data like status updates. To make this
vision a reality on a truly large-scale, more work on standardization,
policy, test cases, and more experimentation and experience with
actual deployment and code are needed.

There are also new requirements, as increasingly users must further be
able to trust the Social Web to allow them to communicate securely
with their peers and have their privacy respected. Both legal policy-
based approaches to the handling of personal information related to
social networking and strong cryptographic technology can be leveraged
to improve the current state of the art in decentralized social
network services. In the long-run, our society will be more and more
dependent on the exchanges done via social networking services, so
architectures and standards for the Social Web should therefore be
designed to be robust and resilient against attack.

The workshop aims to capture, discuss and address the challenges and
the potential of innovations in the federated social network space.
The workshop will kick off with talks and panels on Friday June 3rd,
to be followed by discussion of position papers about possible future
standards and architectures. Afterwards, an open space will begin on
Saturday June 4th and early Sunday June 5th, to enable further
discussion, collaborative coding, development and experimentation.

Goals and Scope

This workshop intends to bring together communities building federated
social networking code-bases with those involved in privacy and
identity. It will be the second conference, following up on the
original Federated Social Web Summit in Portland in 2010, but now with
a focus on privacy protection in the social web and the cloud. As it
is a W3C Workshop, it will have one day for position papers and
discussion. To continue the tradition of the Federated Social Web
Summit in Portland in 2010 and attract more developers, the summit
will also have a open-space, including opportunities for collaborative
coding and open talks, for an entire day.

Topics for discussion and position papers may include, but are not
limited to:

Showcasing interoperability and federation across different social
network code-bases, such as the SWAT0 test-cases
Concrete lessons learned from social networking interoperability
Detailing privacy requirements for the Social Web and mapping
these into concrete technical proposals and considerations.
Analysis of attack threats and possible solutions for social
Policy-based approaches to the Social Web that allow one to
communicate and share data across specified target audiences.
Considerations from identity management in social networking.
Implications of cloud-based social networking on security and
privacy, including proposals for privacy-preserving or “private”
Improving the user experience for federated social networking
The role of devices such as mobile, augmented reality, and phones
in federated social networking.
Research on user behavior and privacy in social networks.

The workshop is expected to attract a broad set of stakeholders,
including developers, privacy and security experts, advocates, and
entrepreneurs in the space of social web.

Workshop/Conference format
This conference uses a mix of different approaches, including

invited talks for the introduction – on Friday June 3rd,
presentation of position papers, to set the scene, on Saturday
June 4th, and
open space methodology to further progress coding on late Saturday
June 4th and Sunday June 5th
Plus, of course, plenty of room for socializing

In order to present on Saturday, the submission of a position paper by
May 2nd is required. For sessions during the open space, a pre-
announcement over the W3C Federated Social Networking list-serv is
recommended, but not obligatory.

You do not need to be a member of W3C to participate in this workshop,
but the total number of participants will be limited due to the
constraints of the space. To ensure diversity, a limit might be
imposed on the maximum number of participants per organization. We
advise early registration.

There will be a marginal registration fee of 15 Euro in order for us
to prevent possible over-subscription. Income from this fee will help
bear the costs of the Workshop.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is located next to Friedrichstraße in the
center of Berlin.


Position papers, agenda, accepted presentations, and a report will
also be published online. Streaming facilities are under

Workshop Organization
Workshop sessions and documents will be in English. Interpretation for
German may be available for the talks on Friday.

Evan Prodromou, Status.Net
Jan Schallaböck, ULD

Expression of Interest
To help the organizers plan the workshop: If you wish to participate,
please as soon as possible send a message to fsw11- with a short “expression of interest”

that a representative from your organization plans to submit a
position paper
how many participants you plan on sending (we suggest one or two
per organization)
whether or not you wish to make a presentation in the open-space
part of the conference.

Note: Sending that expression of interest does not mean that you
registered for the workshop. For presenting on Saturday it is still
necessary to send a position paper (see below), which then must be
considered for acceptance by the Program Committee. However,
submitting a position paper is not required for participation.

Position Papers

In order to present on Saturday, the submission of a position paper by
May 2nd is required. Those papers not retained for presentation can be
contributed to the openspace part. Position papers must meet the
following criteria:

explains your interest in the Workshop
aligned with the Workshop’s stated goals as outlined above.
1 to 5 pages long
may be linked to a demo of existing code
formatted in (valid) HTML/XHTML, PDF, or plain text

Based on a review of all submitted position papers, the Program
Committee will choose a small number of papers judged most appropriate
for fostering discussion, and ask the authors of those papers to give
short presentations about them at the workshop. After the workshop,
those presentations will then be published on the workshop home page,
along with copies of all position papers.

Please register with and turn in submissions by May 2nd 2011 via

Important dates
25th March Call for Participation issued
2nd May Deadline for position papers
7th May Acceptance notification sent
15th May Program released
3rd – 5th June Workshop

Program committee

José M. del Álamo – UPM
Daniel Appelquist – Vodafone
Yme Bosma – Hyves
Dan Brickley – Vrije Universitat Amsterdam
Ian Brown – Oxford Internet Institute (OII)
Blaine Cook – British Telecom (BT)
Fabien Gandon – INRIA
Karsten Gerloff – Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)
Harry Halpin – World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Marit Hansen – Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (ULD)
Michael Hanson – Mozilla
Matt Lee – GNU Social
Ronald Leenes – Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society
Jan Lehnardt – Couchbase
Alexander Passant – DERI
Soeren Preibusch – University of Cambridge
Thomas Roessler – W3C
Markus Sabadello – Project Danube
Jan Schallaböck – Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (ULD)
Henry Story – Apache Software Foundation
Mischa Tuffield – Garlik
Claudio Venezia – Telecom Italia
Florian Walther – Blogger, Security Expert
Rigo Wenning – W3C
Ben Werdmuller von Elgg – Latakoo
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