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May-June 2012 (vol. 16 no. 3)
pp. 10-12
Anwitaman Datta, Nanyang Technological University
Marios D. Dikaiakos, University of Cyprus
Seif Haridi, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Liviu Iftode, Rutgers University

The rapid proliferation of social media, online communities, and collectively produced knowledge resources has accelerated the convergence of technological and social networks, resulting in a dynamic ecosystem of online social networking services, environments, and applications. The proliferation of online social networks (OSNs) has had a profound impact on the Internet, reshaping its structure, design, and utility. Despite this success, however, the research community must address significant challenges to enable further development of these services, including the development, deployment, management, and operation of scalable, secure, and interoperable OSN infrastructures.

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2. S. Akhshabi and C. Dovrolis, "The Evolution of Layered Protocol Stacks Leads to an Hourglass-Shaped Architecture," Proc. ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conf., ACM Press, 2011, pp. 206–217.

Index Terms:
online social networking, infrastructure, storage, architecture, decentralization
Citation:
Anwitaman Datta, Marios D. Dikaiakos, Seif Haridi, Liviu Iftode, "Infrastructures for Online Social Networking Services," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 10-12, May-June 2012, doi:10.1109/MIC.2012.53
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