Delay-Tolerant Social Networking

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Executive Summary

To address privacy concerns in current online social networks, the authors previously proposed to use a peer-to-peer infrastructure and encryption, thereby recreating the features of online social networks in a distributed, provider-less, community-driven, and privacy-preserving way. Once the functionality is distributed, social networks are no longer dependent on Internet connectivity for every transaction - in contrast to current web-based services. They therefore have the opportunity to take into account locality, both in terms of connectivity by direct exchange between devices, and in terms of content, such as local community interests and events.

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