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LAP: Lightweight Anonymity and Privacy

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Executive Summary

Popular anonymous communication systems often require sending packets through a sequence of relays on dilated paths for strong anonymity protection. As a result, increased end-to-end latency renders such systems inadequate for the majority of Internet users who seek an intermediate level of anonymity protection while using latency-sensitive applications, such as Web applications. This paper serves to bridge the gap between communication systems that provide strong anonymity protection, but with intolerable latency and non-anonymous communication systems by considering a new design space for the setting.

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