Mobile Social Networking Through Friend-to-Friend Opportunistic Content Dissemination
The authors focus on dissemination of content for delay tolerant applications, (i.e. content sharing, advertisement propagation, etc.) where users are geographically clustered into communities. They propose a novel architecture that addresses the issues of lack of trust, delivery latency, loss of user control, and privacy-aware distributed mobile social networking by combining the advantages of decentralized storage and opportunistic communications. The content is to be replicated on friends' devices that are likely to consume the content. The fundamental challenge is to minimize the number of replicas whilst ensuring high and timely availability.