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March 26-28, 2007

Second Tutorial: Spam in Blogs and Other Social Media

Thursday, February 01, 2007

A second tutorial has been added to the schedule for Sunday afternoon!

Title: Spam in Blogs and Other Social Media

Presenters: Pranam Kolari, Akshay Java, Tim Finin and Anupam Joshi University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Spam on the Internet dates back over a decade, with its earliest known appearance as an email about the infamous MAKE.MONEY.FAST. campaign. Spam has co-evolved with Internet applications and is now quite common on the World-Wide Web.

As social media systems such as blogs, wikis and bookmark sharing sites have emerged, spammers have quickly developed techniques to infect them as well. The very characteristics underlying the Web, be it version 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0, also enable new varieties of spam.

This tutorial will detail the problem of spam in social media, with an emphasis on spam in blogs. We will discuss different types of spam, the motivation for spammers and the seriousness and nature of the problem. We will then share some of our discussions with groups facing and tackling this issue. The second half of the tutorial will present an overview of spam detection and elimination efforts with an extensive survey of detecting blog spam. The tutorial will help researchers understand the unique aspects of spam in social media, recognize how it affects analytics and information extraction, and identify current research challenges. For practitioners, it will provide strategies for controlling the problem, and identify areas of collaboration across communities.

Background of presenters

Pranam Kolari is a graduate student in the Dept of Computer Science at UMBC. His dissertation has focused on Spam Blog Detection, with tools developed in use both by academia and industry. He also maintains active research interest in Internal Corporate Blogs, Semantic Web and Blog Analytics. Pranam received a B.E. from Bangalore University and an M.S. from UMBC. He is active in the social media research and blogging community and blogs regularly at Ebiquity.

Tim Finin is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has over 30 years of experience in the applications of Artificial Intelligence to problems in information systems, intelligent interfaces and robotics and is currently working on software agents, the semantic web, and mobile computing. He holds degrees from MIT and the University of Illinois and has also held positions at Unisys, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MIT AI Laboratory.

Akshay Java is a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science at UMBC. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on identifying influence and opinions in social media. His research interests include Blog Analytics, Information Retrieval and Semantic Web. Akshay has received a B.E from Mumbai University and M.S. from UMBC.

Anupam Joshi is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UMBC. Earlier, he was an Assistant Professor in the CECS department at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He obtained a B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1989, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1991 and 1993 respectively. His research interests are in the broad area of networked computing and intelligent systems. He currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of the Semantic Web and Information Systems.

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