Social Networks are nowadays one of the most widely used IT applications. They are enabling new forms of relationships, information spreading, group management, commercial interactions, advertisement, etc. Born as virtual places in which users can simply share something specific, they are becoming unique tools that “keep people connected” in their everyday life, ranging from work activities, up to hobbies, entertainment, private aspects, etc.
IT infrastructures that support social networks have the task of managing, processing and storing the huge amount of data that users share; and often such a processing involves proper autonomous software tasks able to crunch data in order to find and extract specific features. In addition, while information sharing and spreading make it possible the creation of new form of relationship, serious problems regarding security and privacy aspects arise, thus requiring forms of data protection and bordering.
In this context, multi-agent systems (MAS) appear to be a key technology since they feature the characteristics of autonomy, interaction and encapsulation that, according to what it has been said, are fundamental aspects of IT infrastructures of social networks. The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on aspects of multi-agent systems and social networks, in order to highlight common points and propose novel solutions in which MAS can serve as an effective technology to address the different challenging problems, like data protection and bordering.