CLOSED Call for Papers: Special Issue on Digital Trust: Trust Management in the Cyberspace

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Submissions Due: 27 March 2020

Nowadays, we are witnessing a progressive digitalization of our lives, digitalization that has undergone a very strong acceleration in the last 10 years. As a result, we are now immersed in the so-called cyberspace, where millions of electronic devices of various natures and computational capacities are connected via the Internet. This huge amount of data, collected by cyberspace devices, is then used in automatic decision processes, influencing and driving every aspect of our lives (from simply suggesting online search results or content in our social-media feed, to more critical matters like helping doctors determine our risk for serious diseases). In this distributed and hyper-connected world, trust is becoming more and more fundamental to secure and reliable interactions among unknown parties and to the output of any automatic decision-making process. The role of a trust management system is to maximize trust between parties and thereby provide a basis for cooperation to develop. Trust management has an increasing number of applications, being pervasive in several heterogeneous domains, such as e-voting, social media, cloud computing, IoT, and e-commerce.

This special issue aims to collect the most recent advances to trust management–including cutting-edge trust management techniques for e-voting systems, social media, decision-making processes, privacy and security considerations–as well as to identify new issues and directions for future research and development work. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Trust models and trust enhancing architectures
  • Interplay among security, privacy, and trust
  • Trust and identity management
  • Trust in e-voting systems
  • Trust in social networks and e-commerce
  • Trust in machine learning and AI
  • Platforms and standards
  • Emerging technology for trust (such as blockchain, edge and fog computing, machine learning and AI, and self-explaining systems)

Important Dates

  • Paper submissions due: CLOSED
  • First-round reviews due: 12 May 2020
  • Revisions due: 16 June 2020
  • Final decision notification: 21 July 2020
  • Camera-ready submissions due: 4 August 2020
  • Publication: September/October 2020

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on the topics of the special issue. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IEEE Internet Computing’s international readership–primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers that are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application. To submit a manuscript, create or access an account on ScholarOne. All submissions must comply with IEEE Internet Computing’s submission guidelines and will be reviewed by research peers.


Contact the guest editors at

Elena Ferrari, University of Insubria, Italy
Bhavani Thuraisingham, University of Texas at Dallas, US