Safety Measures for Social Computing in Wiki Learning Environment

Safety Measures for Social Computing in Wiki Learning Environment

Ahmed Patel (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia and Kingston University, UK), Mona Taghavi (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia), Joaquim Celestino Júnior (State University of Ceará, Brazil), Rodziah Latih (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia) and Abdullah Mohd Zin (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jisp.2012040101


Wikis are social networking systems that allow users to freely intermingle at different levels of communication such as collaborative learning, chatting, and group communications. Although a great idea and goal, it’s particularly vulnerable due to its features of open medium and lack of clear plan of defense. Personal data can be misused for virtual insulting, resulting in misuse of personal information for financial gains or creating misuses. Wikis are an example of social computing of collaborative learning, joint editing, brain storming, and virtual socializing, which is a ripe environment for hacking, deception, abuse, and misuse. Thus, wiki needs comprehensive security measures which include privacy, trust, security, audit, and digital forensics to protect users and system resources. This paper identifies and explores the needs of secure social computing and supporting information systems as places for interaction, data collection, and manipulation for wikis. It does this by reviewing the literature and related works in proposing a safety measure framework for a secure and trustworthy medium together with privacy, audit, and digital forensic investigative functions in wiki environments. These then can aid design and usage in social computing environments with the proviso to give comfort and confidence to users without worrying about abuse and cybercrime perpetrated activities.
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Principles Of Social Computing

The focus of social computing is the possibility of designing digital systems that support the users by making their socially produced information available to all users. In order to enhance the functioning of a system, it uses the information that is produced by a group of people. Social computing should address certain issues as security, privacy, trust and risk to support a secure and trustworthy trading environment (Motahari et al., 2007). Social computing can be defined as any type of computing application in which software serves as an intermediary or a focus for a social relation (Schuler, 1994). It also refers to systems distributed across social collectivity which gather, process, represent, use, and disseminate the information. Moreover, the information is significantly precise since it is associated with people, who are linked to others. Also a social structure in which technology puts power in communities individuals and not institutions (Charron et al., 2006). Finally computational facilitation of human social dynamics and social studies as well as the design and use of ICTs that consider social context (Wang, 2005).

While wiki can be defined as Web-based software, it allows easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked pages by the site viewers via a web browser using a simplified markup language or What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) text editor. In fact, wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are mainly used to create collaborative wiki websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, organization intranets, and in knowledge management systems (Thite, 1999).

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