Privacy and Security in Online Social Media

By Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru   |   IIIT Delhi
Learners enrolled: 8198
With increase in the usage of the Internet, there has been an exponential increase in the use of online social media and networks on the Internet. Websites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Google+, FourSquare, Pinterest, Tinder, and the likes have changed the way the Internet is being used. However, widely used, there is a lack of understanding of privacy and security issues on online social media. Privacy and security of online social media need to be investigated, studied and characterized from various perspectives (computational, cultural, psychological, etc.). Student completing the course will be able to appreciate various privacy and security concerns (spam, phishing, fraud nodes, identity theft) on Online Social Media and Student will be able to clearly articulate one or two concerns comprehensively on one Online Social Media, this will be achieved by homework. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Interested stundents
PRE-REQUISITES : Basic / Intermediate programming course. Understanding of Python will be necessary for the course.
  Should be able to quickly learn APIs, and to collect data from social networks.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Any company which is interested in social media / networks data will be  interested in recruiting the students finishing the course. 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Feb 2020
End Date : 17 Apr 2020
Enrollment Ends : 24 Feb 2020
Exam Date : 26 Apr 2020 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: What is Online Social Networks, data collection from social networks, challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls in online social networks, APIs 
Week 2: Collecting data from Online Social Media. 
Week 3: Trust, credibility, and reputations in social systems
Week 4: Trust, credibility, and reputations in social systems
Week 5: Online social Media and Policing 
Week 6: Information privacy disclosure, revelation and its effects in OSM and online social networks
Week 7: Phishing in OSM & Identifying fraudulent entities in online social networks
Week 8: Refresher for all topics 

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Instructor bio

Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru

IIIT Delhi
Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK"),Associate Professor, is currently the Hemant Bharat Ram Faculty Research Fellow at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi, India. PK is the Founding Head of Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC). PK is one of ACM India Eminent Speakers. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). His research interests include Privacy, e-Crime, Online Social Media, and Usable Security, in particular, these days he has been dabbling with complex networked systems (e.g. social web systems like Twitter, Facebook, and telephone logs). Government of India has been funding PK for the last 6 years for studying Online Social Media, he manages research projects of about 2 Crores INR. PK has received research funds from Government of India, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, industry bodies in India, and International funding agencies. He is part of multiple advising roles in the Government of India on the topic of Online Social Media. He frequently speaks about Privacy and Security in Online Media at various Government of India organisations, private industry. He helped create one of the first conference focussed online on Online Social Networks, Conference on Online Social Networks (COSN) cosn.acm.org. He is serving as a PC member in prestigious conferences like WWW, AsiaCCS, and ICWSM and he is also serving as a reviewer for International Journal of Information Security and ACM's Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT). PK’s Ph.D. thesis work on anti-phishing research at Carnegie Mellon University has contributed in creating an award winning start-up Wombat Security Technologies wombatsecurity.com. PK founded and manages PreCog, precog.iiitd.edu.in a research group at IIIT-Delhi focused on Online Social Media. 

PK has taught this course at IIIT Delhi, and at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. PK can be reached at pk@iiitd.ac.in.

Course certificate

• The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
• The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 26th April 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
• Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
• The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
• Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

• Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 10 assignments
 given in the course. 
• Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
• Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

• If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
• Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
• Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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