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The increasing penetration of Online Social Networks (OSNs) prompts the need for effectively accessing and utilizing social networking information. In numerous applications, users need to make trust and/or access control decisions involving other (possibly stranger) users, and one important factor is often the existence of common social relationships. This(More)
Configuring access control policies in mobile devices can be quite tedious and unintuitive for users. Software designers attempt to address this problem by setting up default policy configurations. But such global defaults may not be sensible for all users. Modern smart phones are capable of sensing a variety of information about the surrounding environment(More)
We present PeerSense, a system that provides meaningful co-presence information which serves as an enabler for various applications that require user's current social proximity information, for example contextual photo-sharing. Unlike traditional approaches for inferring co-presence, PeerSense is both privacy-preserving and easy-to-use.
In this paper, we propose a new rate control algorithm for conversational multimedia flows. In our approach, along with Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) media packets, we propose sending redundant packets to probe for available bandwidth. These redundant packets are Forward Error Correction (FEC) encoded RTP packets. A straightforward interpretation is(More)
Mobile smart devices and services have become an integral part of our daily life. In this context there are many compelling scenarios for mobile device users to share resources. A popular example is tethering. However, resource sharing also raises privacy and security concerns. In this paper, we present CrowdShare, a complete framework and its (Android)(More)
We present the design and implementation of the PeerShare, a system that can be used by applications to securely distribute sensitive data to social contacts of a user. PeerShare incorporates a generic framework that allows different applications to distribute data with different security requirements. By using interfaces available from existing popular(More)
Mobile opportunistic networking utilizes device-to-device communication to provide messaging and content sharing mechanisms between mobile users without the need for supporting infrastructure networks. However, enabling opportunistic networking in practice requires a sufficient number of users to download, install, and run the respective routing and(More)
Social relationships are a natural basis on which humans make trust decisions. Online Social Networks (OSNs) are increasingly often used to let users base trust decisions on the existence and the strength of social relationships. While most OSNs allow users to discover the length of the social path to other users, they do so in a centralized way, thus(More)
We present the design and implementation of the PeerShare, a system that can be used by applications to securely distribute sensitive data to social contacts of a user. PeerShare incorporates a generic framework that allows different applications to distribute data with different security requirements. By using interfaces available from existing popular(More)
The degree of closeness in a relationship is characterized as tie strength. Estimates of tie strength can be useful in many contexts, including as a parameter in access control policies or social context based services. Several papers have proposed how tie strength can be estimated by quantifying interactions in different individual communication channels(More)