Vis-à-Vis : Online Social Networking via Virtual Individual Ser vers

  title={Vis-{\`a}-Vis : Online Social Networking via Virtual Individual Ser vers},
  author={Amre Shakimov and Harold Lim and Landon P. Cox and Ram{\'o}n C{\'a}ceres},
Online social networks (OSN) are hugely popular, but their centralized control of sensitive user data raises important privacy concerns. This paper presents Vis-à-Vis, a decentralized framework for online social networking based on the privacy-preserving notion of a Virtual Individual Server (VIS), a personal virtual machine running within a cloud-computing utility. In Vis-à-Vis, each person manages personal data such as friend lists, photographs, and messages through his own VIS. In addition… CONTINUE READING


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