Virtual Individual Servers as Privacy-Preserving Proxies for Mobile Devices
People increasingly generate content on their mobile devices and upload it to third-party services such as Facebook and Google Latitude for sharing and backup purposes. Although these services are convenient and useful, their use has important privacy implications due to their centralized nature and their acquisitions of rights to user-contributed content. This paper argues that people's interests would be better served by uploading their data to a machine that they themselves own and control. The authors term these machines Virtual Individual Servers (VISs) because the preferred instantiation is a virtual machine running in a highly-available utility computing infrastructure.