Non-sharing communities?:an empirical study of community detection for access control decisions

Misra, Gaurav and Such, Jose M. and Balogun, Hamed (2016) Non-sharing communities?:an empirical study of community detection for access control decisions. In: Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on. IEEE. ISBN 9781509028474

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Social media users often find it difficult to make appropriate access control decisions which govern how they share their information with a potentially large audience on these platforms. Community detection algorithms have been previously put forth as a solution which can help users by automatically partitioning their friend network. These partitions can then be used by the user as a basis for making access control decisions. Previous works which leverage communities for enhancing access control mechanisms assume that members of the same community will have the same access to a user’s content, but whether or to what extent this assumption is correct is a lingering question. In this paper, we empirically evaluate a goodness of fit between the communities created by implementing 8 community detection algorithms on the friend networks of users and the access control decisions made by them during a user study. We also analyze whether personal characteristics of the users or the nature of the content play a role in the performance of the algorithms. The results indicate that community detection algorithms may be useful for creating default access control policies for users who exhibit a relatively more static access control behaviour. For users showing great variation in their access control decisions across the board (both in terms of number and actual members), we found that community detection algorithms performed poorly.

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