Special Issue "Privacy-Preserving Systems for Wireless Networks"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Thanasis Papaioannou

University of Thessaly, Greece;Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece
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Interests: trust; privacy; cloud management; sensor data management; smart grid

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the user is at the epicenter of numerous data collection campaigns inherent in a large number of current and emerging IoT/sensing applications, such as smart cities, smart home, smart manufacturing, urban sensing, smart grid, etc. Unconstrained access to such personal data may leak sensitive information and/or harm user interests. At the same time, the ubiquitous wireless connectivity of the user to the Internet through mobile phones, tablets, vehicles and so on terminals, has enabled tracking of user location, activity, browsing history, social interactions, sensory data, etc., by interested stakeholders, such as the ISPs, mobile operators, social networking apps, mobile apps and search engines, just to name a few. Privacy concerns have been raised both by end users and by regulatory bodies (e.g., GDPR) that may jeopardize the business potential of the aforementioned and relevant applications. In this context, providing the technological means to protect user privacy is not only timely, but also necessary for empowering the users and enabling them to control the ownership of their data. However, this multiply-connected wireless environment makes user, context and data privacy protection very challenging problems. Potential data linkability by multiple in-band channels or out-of-band information further complicates the situation. This Special Issue aims to address these problems, promote research and reflect the most recent advances of technologies on privacy-preserving techniques for wireless networks. We seek unpublished innovative high-quality papers that are not currently under review at another journal or conference.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Building and deploying privacy-enhancing systems in wireless networks
• Crowdsourcing for privacy in wireless networks
• Privacy in participatory/urban sensing/crowd sensing
• Cryptographic tools for privacy in wireless networks
• Privacy in IoT applications
• Privacy in the smart grid
• Behavioral targeting in wireless networks
• Data protection technologies in wireless networks
• Differential privacy in wireless networks
• Economics of privacy in wireless networks
• Forensics and privacy in wireless networks
• Information leakage, data correlation and generic attacks to privacy in wireless networks
• Location and mobility privacy in wireless networks
• Measuring and quantifying privacy in wireless networks
• Obfuscation-based privacy in wireless networks
• Privacy and user empowerment in wireless networks
• Privacy in mobile devices
• Privacy in social networks and in graphs in general
• Privacy-enhanced access control, authentication, and identity management in wireless networks
• Reliability, robustness, and abuse prevention in privacy systems in wireless networks
• Systems for anonymous communications and censorship resistance in wireless networks
• Traffic analysis in wireless networks
• Transparency enhancing tools in wireless networks

Prof. Thanasis Papaioannou
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • anonymity
  • obfuscation
  • perturbation
  • graph isomorphism
  • IoT
  • smart grid
  • social networks

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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