Trust and Privacy: Informal Ways to Assess Risk on Opportunistic Exchanges

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Provided by: Technomathematics Research Foundation
Topic: Networking
Format: PDF
With the astounding number of mobile devices and the increase of wireless capabilities, including the possibilities of direct interactions between them, without the use of a provider, the overall scenario becomes increasingly attractive. Whether on the way to work or out shopping, opportunistic encounters and exchanges of information can take place and render windows of opportunity, given one has the right tools. This paper deals with the problem of assessing the risks that users take to interact with each other without a reliable source of information that could assign them a trust level.
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