Mobility

A Privacy-Preserving Social P2P Infrastructure for People-Centric Sensing

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Executive Summary

The rapid miniaturization and integration of sensor technologies into mobile Internet devices combined with Online Social Networks allows for enhanced sensor information querying, subscription, and task placement within People-Centric Sensing networks. However, PCS systems which exploit knowledge about OSN user profiles and context information for enhanced service provision might cause an unsolicited application and dissemination of highly personal and sensitive data. In this paper, the authors propose a protocol extension to their OSN design Vegas which enables secure, privacy-preserving, and trustful P2P communication between PCS participants. By securing knowledge about social links with standard public key cryptography, they achieve a degree of anonymity at a trust level which is almost good as that provided by a centralized trusted third party.

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