The Structure of Human Civilization
Offers a profound understanding of how we create a social reality–a reality of money, property, governments, marriages, stock markets and cocktail parties
Explains how a single linguistic operation, repeated over and over, is used to create and maintain the elaborate structures of human social institutions
In this paper, we implement the first comprehensive quantification of the perfect de-anonymizability and partial de-anonymizability of real-world social networks with seed information under general scenarios, which provides the theoretical foundation for the existing structure-based de-anonymization attacks and closes the gap between de-anonymization practice and theory. Based on our quantification, we conduct a large-scale evaluation of the de-anonymizability of 24 real-world social networks by quantitatively showing the conditions for perfectly and partially de-anonymizing a social network, how de-anonymizable a social network is, and how many users of a social network can be successfully de-anonymized. Furthermore, we show that both theoretically and experimentally, the overall structural information-based de-anonymization attack can be more powerful than the seed-based de-anonymization attack, and even without any seed information, a social network can be perfectly or partially de-anonymized. Finally, we discuss the implications of this paper. Our findings are expected to shed on research questions in the areas of structural data anonymization and de-anonymization and to help data owners evaluate their structural data vulnerability before data sharing and publishing.