Social Network Analysis Surveillance Technologies 2021

Call for Papers

The advent of telecommunication technologies such as 5G and the novel services built upon these technologies will have as a result the accumulation of more data produced by a variety of the existing smart devices but also from the forthcoming 5G devices such as autonomous cars, robots, etc. The perpetual connection of these devices on the Internet, raises the risk for becoming the victim of a cyberattack or the target of surveillance if it is deemed necessary. Thus, petabytes of data are nowadays collected not only by governments but also by companies with different pretext. Governments especially after the 9/11 have started running intensive surveillance programs intending to identify potential terrorist threats, while companies are using data collected either through devices or sensors attached to their products to understand their customers and their behaviors.

The recent pandemic has also boosted the need of governments for increased surveillance in citizens, in social media as well in everyday life, especially for checking whether citizens comply with lockdown rules. In addition, the continuous rise of the fake news in social media, reveals the extend of surveillance applicability in all the aspects of human life. As a result, there is an increased need for novel methods of surveillance that can be adapted to the new military and civilian conditions, while also respecting the privacy of individuals.

The workshop is expected to address the aforementioned issues and will aim at presenting novel research in the area of military, civilian and especially in cyber surveillance by experts around the world. The areas of focus will cover a broad range of surveillance techniques in the service of defense organizations applied in social media via social networking platforms, the internet, and in general in cyber space (cyber surveillance). The topics will also cover other novel methods utilized in the everyday life of citizens, such as, but not limited to, video and image analysis based human recognition that can be used in social network analysis. Finally, the workshop will cover another very important aspect of surveillance in social media, namely, the ethical and privacy issues as these are evolving in the light of globalization and terrorism and how these affect citizens and governments.

After the success of the first workshop at San Francisco in 2016, the second workshop at Sidney in 2017 and the third at Barcelona in 2018, the fourth at Vancouver in 2019, the fifth in 2020 as a virtual event, the sixth workshop comes to further elaborate on new surveillance methods that enable authorities to protect the public without at the same time intruding upon privacy.


  • Techniques and tools for social network surveillance
  • Deanonymization and data inferring techniques
  • Digital forensics analysis
  • Visualization techniques for surveillance
  • Mobile-based surveillance applications (human identification etc.)
  • Sentiment surveillance
  • Early warning systems for terrorism, radicalization and extremism
  • Ethics and privacy in social networks
  • Internet surveillance systems
  • Intelligent networks of sensors
  • Disaster detection and prevention
  • Disease control through social network surveillance
  • Biometrics in the Wild
  • Usability and social impacts of biometrics technology
  • Novel sensing technologies and applications

November 8

The Hague




Workshop Chairs

Panagiotis Karampelas

Hellenic Air Force Academy (Greece)


Thirimachos Bourlai

University of Georgia (USA)


Program Committee

Lefteris Jason Anastasopoulos

University of Georgia (USA)

Suha Mokalla

University of Georgia (USA)

Natalia Schmid

West Virginia University (USA)


Nikolaos Kanellopoulos

Hellenic Army Academy (Greece)

Neeru Narang

Accenture (USA)

Marios Thoma

European Security & Defence College (EU)

Ananya Zabin

University of Georgia (USA)


Ioanna Lekea

Hellenic Air Force Academy (Greece)

Jacob Rose

University of Georgia (USA)

Konstantinos Xylogiannopoulos

University of Calgary (Canada)

Important Dates

August 31, 2021

Paper submission due

September 20, 2021

Notification to authors

October 10, 2021

camera ready due

Submit Your Paper

Full paper manuscripts must be in English with a maximum length of 8 pages or short paper 4 pages (using the IEEE two-column template). Submissions should be in PDF and include the title, author(s), affiliation(s), e-mail address(es) and abstract on the first page. Workshop papers will be submitted through EasyChair Conference System by clicking the Submit button below. If you don't already have an EasyChair account it will be required to create one before submitting a paper.


Accepted and presented papers will be published in the ASONAM 2021 Conference Proceedings and forwarded for inclusion in IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL), IEEE Xplore and the ACM Digital Library. The conference proceedings will be submitted for EI indexing through INSPEC by IEEE.


Registration for the Workshop will be done through the registration page of the main conference.


To be published close to the date of the workshop.

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Conference Venue

The Hague, Netherlands
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