Call for Papers for Vol. 16 (02/2011)
An online social network is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities. An online social network essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. Most online social networks are web based and provide means for users to interact over the internet, such as e-mail (often in-build services) and instant messaging. Although online communities are sometimes considered as a kind of online social network in a broader sense, online social networks usually means an individual-centred service whereas online communities are group-centred. Social networking sites allow users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their individual networks.
The main types of social networking services are those which contain category places (such as former school-year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages) and a recommendation system linked to trust. Popular methods now combine many of these, the most popular are Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn. Online social network sites are the most important internet phenomena in recent years, in particular the explosion of Facebook, brought this new communicative ways at the edge of public opinion. Online social networks raise a variety of ethical and political concerns.
We welcome papers analyzing ethical problems of online social networks such as:
Papers on the relationship crossing online social network, ethics and marketing and on general ethical issues arising from the political and economic uses of online social networks are also welcomed.
Antonio Marturano, Ph.D.
Faculty of Economics
Sacred Heart Catholic University of Rome, Italy
Elizabeth A. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Center for Applied Ethics
University of Wisconsin-Stout, US
Charles Ess, PhD
Institut for Informations- og Medievidenskab
Aarhus University, Denmark
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