Establishing Distributed Hidden Friendship Relations

  • Sören Preibusch
  • Alastair R. Beresford
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7028)


The social Web is going mobile and needs support for friendship management in a distributed manner, while privacy concerns mandate configuring the public visibility of one’s friends. In this paper we leverage existing Web standards to describe a simple P2P protocol for establishing, enforcing, and revoking hidden friendship relations and report on an implementation for a mobile platform. We examine the suitability of hidden friendship links for bilateral and delegated access control and discuss how the social connotation of friendship can be preserved when concealing the friend’s identity.


Access Control Delay Tolerant Network Friendship Relation Public List Friend Manager 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sören Preibusch
    • 1
  • Alastair R. Beresford
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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