Using Digital Traces for User Profiling: the Uncertainty of Identity Toolset

Adnan, M., Rosi, L., Veluru, S., Mouseli, M., Longley, P. A. & Rajarajan, M. (2014). Using Digital Traces for User Profiling: the Uncertainty of Identity Toolset. Paper presented at the ACM Security in Information and Networks, (SIN 2014), 09-09-2014 - 11-09-2014, Glasgow, UK.

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Abstract

People manage a spectrum of identities in cyber domains. Profiling individuals and assigning them to distinct groups or classes have potential applications in targeted services, online fraud detection, extensive social sorting, and cyber-security. This paper presents the Uncertainty of Identity Toolset, a framework for the identification and profiling of users from their social media accounts and e-mail addresses. More specifically, in this paper we discuss the design and implementation of two tools of the framework. The Twitter Geographic Profiler tool builds a map of the ethno-cultural communities of a person's friends on Twitter social media service. The E-mail Address Profiler tool identifies the probable identities of individuals from their e-mail addresses and maps their geographical distribution across the UK. To this end, this paper presents a framework for profiling the digital traces of individuals.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity, Online social networks, Twitter, Geographic distribution, Substring matching, Suffix tree
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences > Engineering
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/4486

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