Fundamentals of digital social media

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at introducing digital social media to the students. The course covers the web technologies which support online social interactions, the tools supporting the gathering and the analysis of data generated by social platforms. Moreover the course will introduce the security analysis of the main technologies used in the social media context such as cryptographic protocols (e.g., SSL and HTTPS) and the communication protocol such as the web.
Expected learning outcomes
The student should be able to apply the tools illustrated in the course to gather the data generated by digital social media, by identifying the most suitable solutions according to the web technologies used by the social platforms. Moreover, the student should be able to apply cryptographic schemes by using crypto tools like for example gpg and security anayzed communication protocol such as https, ssl and web.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course is logically splitted in two parts: the first part will address the general theme of IT security while the second part will contextualize the topics addressed in the first part in the field of Social Media. In more detail these are the topics that will be covered in the course:
- Introduction to Information Security
- The protection mechanisms of a system
- Identification & authentication
- Authorization
- Audit
- The main forms of attack
- exploit
- malware
- network attacks
- WEB attacks
- Cross Request Forgery
- Cross site Scripting
- Sql Injection (elements of)
- Elements of Privacy and data protection
Prerequisites for admission
The Prerequisite for this course are:
1 - Networking Course
2 - Programming Course
Teaching methods
The course will be held with classical style, even if delivered online. Some theory lessons will alternate with some exercises that will be an integral part of the course program and the final test.
Teaching Resources
Security in Computing (5th Edition)
Authors: Charles P Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Jonathan Margulies
Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
Pages: 944
Handouts or articles on specific topics will also be made available to students and distributed during the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will consist of a questionnaire with 10 questions with multiple answers. Each correct answer will be awarded 1 point. Students who answer at least 6 questions correctly will be admitted to the oral exam which, through questions relating to the topics covered in class, will verify the student's learning level in terms of in-depth analysis and extension of the topics acquired. At the end of the oral exam the student will be assigned a score out of 30, which will be mediated with the grade of the test relating to the topics on Social Media.
INF/01 - INFORMATICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Educational website(s)
send an email to danilo[dot]bruschi[at]unimi[dot]it
Room P115, Via Comelico