Trends in Privacy and Security research on the Semantic Web

Privacy, security and policies: A review of problems and solutions with semantic web technologies

Sabrina Kirrane from The Vienna University of Economics,  Serena Villata from Université Côte d’Azur, and Mathieu d’Acquin from the National University of Ireland Galway provide a look at how Semantic Web technologies research is progressing with relation to privacy and security concerns. They reviewed a corpus of 78 papers from semantic web publications, workshops and conferences related particularly to the topics of security and privacy. Semantic Web technologies are being developed to simplify and amplify the value of online information through enhanced sharing and distribution of information. The security and privacy impacts of semantics technologies have been a largely under studied, perhaps in part due to a focus on the open sharing of datasets. That is not to say that semantics web developers and researchers have ignored privacy and security concerns. Much of the work done does highlight privacy concerns, often referring to issues surrounding the anonymization of personal data. There is also a common theme regarding the collection of information, with semantics technologies being applied to the problem of online services collecting information on people without their understanding of what is being collected. Semantics technologies have also been applied to possible solutions for the regulation of the access to and the protection of sensitive information from unauthorized data access. Some work has also been conducted on the development of policy related matters such as the development of machine readable licensing and use terms and in the reverse concern of making polices understandable to data consumers.

Kirrane, S., Villata, S., & d’Aquin, M. Privacy, security and policies: A review of problems and solutions with semantic web technologies. Semantic Web, (Preprint), 1-10.