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Low-Latency Privacy-Enabled Context Distribution Architecture

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Executive Summary

As personal information and context sharing applications gain traction more attention is drawn to the associated privacy issues. These applications address privacy using an unsatisfactory "Whitelist" approach, similar to social networks "Friends". Some of them also link location publishing with user interaction which is also a form of privacy control - the user has to explicitly say where he is. There are a few automatic Location Based-Services (LBS) that track the user, but without more adequate privacy protection mechanisms they enable even bigger threats to the user. On previous work, an XMPP-based Context Distribution Architecture was defined, more suitable for the distribution of frequently changing context than other systems because it is based on the publish-subscribe pattern.

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