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Preserving Privacy in Context-Aware Systems

Authors: Pramod Jagtap, Anupam Joshi, Tim Finin, and Laura Zavala

Book Title: Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing

Date: October 09, 2011

Abstract: Recent years have seen a confluence of two major trends – the increase of mobile devices such as smart phones as the primary access point to networked information and the rise of social media platforms that connect people. Their convergence supports the emergence of a new class of context-aware geosocial networking applications. While existing systems focus mostly on location, our work centers on models for representing and reasoning about a more inclusive and higher-level notion of context, including the user’s location and surroundings, the presence of other people and devices, and the inferred activities in which they are engaged. A key element of our work is the use of collaborative information sharing where devices share and integrate knowledge about their context. This introduces the need for privacy and security mechanisms. We present a framework to provide users with appropriate levels of privacy to protect the personal information their mobile devices are collecting, including the inferences that can be drawn from the information. We use Semantic Web technologies to specify high-level, declarative policies that describe user information sharing preferences. We have built a prototype system that aggregates information from a variety of sensors on the phone, online sources, and sources internal to the campus intranet, and infers the dynamic user context. We show how our policy framework can be effectively used to devise better privacy control mechanisms to control in

Type: InProceedings

Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press

Tags: social computing, mobile computing, privacy

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