Mobility

MobiClique: Middleware for Mobile Social Networking

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Executive Summary

This paper considers a mobile ad hoc network setting where Bluetooth enabled mobile devices communicate directly with other devices as they meet opportunistically. The paper designs and implements a novel mobile social networking middleware named MobiClique. MobiClique forms and exploits ad hoc social networks to disseminate content using a store-carry-forward technique. The approach distinguishes itself from other mobile social software by removing the need for a central server to conduct exchanges, by leveraging existing social networks to bootstrap the system, and by taking advantage of the social network overlay to disseminate content. The paper also proposes an open API to encourage third-party application development. The paper discusses the system architecture and three example applications.

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