Towards Trustworthy Participatory Sensing

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Executive Summary

Grassroots Participatory Sensing empowers people to collect and share sensor data using mobile devices across many applications, spanning intelligent transportation, air quality monitoring and social networking. In this paper, the authors argue that the very openness of such a system makes it vulnerable to abuse by malicious users who may poison the information, collude to fabricate information, or launch Sybils to distort that information. They propose and implement a novel Trusted Platform Module (TPM), or angel based system that addresses the problem of providing sensor data integrity. The key idea is to provide a trusted platform within each sensor device to attest the integrity of sensor readings.

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