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Mobile web services promise to provide users with more personalized service provisioning and real-time access to context information but the constraints inherent in the mobile environment and the lack of a robust architecture have contributed to their slow realization. The smart-phone culture and its pervasive use, however, highlight the inevitability of mobile services. This paper introduces personal mobile web services, a new user-centric architecture that enables service-oriented interactions among mobile devices that are controlled via user-specified authorization policies. Personal mobile web services exploit the user's contact list (ranging from phonebook to social lists) in order to publish and discover web services while placing users in full control of their own personal data and privacy.
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