SocialTrust09

A Workshop to be held at IFIPTM 2009, June 15 2009

Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA

The study of trust as a social phenomenon is both ancient and broad. Recently, the introduction of computational systems and formal models to the study has opened new ideas and tools to our methodologies and understanding of the concept. As well, trust has become a tool in social networking systems, eCommerce, gaming platforms, and other technological systems to help people using these systems to better ascertain the potential future behaviours of those with whom they propose to work or play. More often than not, these systems base their work on assumptions that are central to our understanding, or otherwise, of the workings of trust. This leads directly to questions at the heart of the social sciences. These include:

  • Can we use trust as a tool for ascertaining reputation?
  • Can trust be formally modeled?
  • Can artificial systems ever be expected to ‘understand’ and ‘use’ trust?
  • Can formal models of ‘artificial’ trust help in our understanding of ‘human’ trust?
  • What are the links between trust online and trust within human relationships?

The area we call ‘Social Trust’ embodies these questions and strives for answers that marry our understanding of human trust with the artificial. There is wide-reaching research ongoing that attempts to answer these questions and more in both the social and the technical sciences.

The SocialTrust workshop, to be held at IFIPTM 2009, will bring together these researchers in a stimulating environment, with productive and challenging discussion, allied to a vibrant international conference that uses trust and trust management as the very basis of formal and implementable tools in fields as diverse as reputation, security, and privacy.

The aim of the workshop is to bring social scientists, lawyers, management scientists, and computational trust researchers together in one room to address these and other questions. The outcome will be an immediate presentation in the conference proper, work toward a journal article, and a proposal, with further work, for an edited volume dedicated to the idea of Social Trust as a Computational phenomenon. A dedicated wiki site (http://socialtrust.wikidot.com) has been set up to help disseminate ideas and grow the area. Finally, it is the intention of the workshop organizers to bring the workshop into the main conference as a track in 2010.

Submissions are expected to be short papers (from 2 pages to no more than 6 pages in length) outlining one of the following and relating it to the links between human and computational trust:

  • A piece of original work in progress
  • A significant insight into the link between social and computational trust
  • Ideas for experimentation and exploration
  • (For students) a proposal, for example a tentative or actual thesis proposal
  • A position statement

We are particularly interested in obtaining a mix of expertise and ideas, so will welcome submissions from students and experts in the fields. As well, this workshop is dedicated to work in progress or proposed. Work in its final stages should be submitted to the conference proper, which is the proper venue for such.

The organizers will thoroughly examine all submissions with the goal of producing a workshop that accurately reflects the state of the art in Social Trust, and will sufficiently challenge both workshop attendees and attendees at the following IFIPTM conference which hosts the workshop.

Dates:
Submission of position statements, papers: April 1st, 2009
Notification of acceptance: May 1st, 2009
Workshop: June 15th, 2009 (dependent on IFIPTM organizers)

Selection Criteria

We will be selecting people based on their submissions. Submissions are expected to be short papers (no more than 6 pages in length) outlining one of the following and relating it to the context of the workshop, in particular links between social and computational trust:

  • A piece of original work or work in progress
  • A significant insight into the link between social and computational trust
  • Ideas for experimentation and exploration
  • (For students) a proposal, for example a tentative or actual thesis proposal

We are particularly interested in obtaining a mix of expertise and ideas, so will welcome submissions from students and experts in the fields. If numbers of submissions are a problem we will adopt more stringent selection criteria in order to achieve a stimulating mix.

Expected Number of Participants

This workshop is open and applicable to existing IFIPTM researchers but is also aimed at (re-)opening the area to a wide array of researchers in other disciplines. In order to obtain the best possible mix and discussion potentials, we will restrict the maximum number possible to 20 participants. This, we believe, will enable a good mix of expertise and ideas while creating a sensible environment for discussion.

Plans for Dissemination

  • We are currently approaching journal editors to initiate a special issue. More details will follow on this page as developments continue.

Important Dates and Submission Process

Submission of position statements, papers: April 1st, 2009
Notification of acceptance: May 1st, 2009
Workshop: June 15th, 2009 (dependent on IFIPTM organizers)

Submissions can be made through the EasyChair conference management system at the SocialTrust09 Page: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=st09

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Organizers

Chairs

Stephen Marsh, NRC Canada
Piotr Cofta, BT Plc, UK
D. Harrison McKnight, Michigan State University, USA

Program Committee

Pam Briggs, Northumbria University, UK
Cristiano Castelfranchi, National Research Council, Italy
Mark Dibben, Monash University, Australia
Rino Falcone, National Research Council, Italy
Maria Fasli, University of Essex, UK
Paul Hodgson, BT Plc, UK
Hazel Lacohee, BT Plc, UK
Linda Little, Northumbria University, UK
Stephane Lo Presti, Brunel University, UK
Patrick Olivier, University of Newcastle, UK
Andrew Patrick, NRC Canada
Liz Sillence, Northumbria University, UK
Asamina Vasalou University of Bath, UK

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