An Architecture for Privacy-Sensitive Ubiquitous Computing at Mobisys 2004
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Some older research I did looking at one way of building privacy-sensitive apps for ubiquitous computing environments. The core idea is to focus on locality, where all of the data is sensed and ...
Some older research I did looking at one way of building privacy-sensitive apps for ubiquitous computing environments. The core idea is to focus on locality, where all of the data is sensed and processed locally as much as possible.
Privacy is the most often-cited criticism of ubiquitous computing, and may be the greatest barrier to its long-term success. However, developers currently have little support in designing software architectures and in creating interactions that are effective in helping end-users manage their privacy. To address this problem, we present Confab, a toolkit for facilitating the development of privacy-sensitive ubiquitous computing applications. The requirements for Confab were gathered through an analysis of privacy needs for both end-users and application developers. Confab provides basic support for building ubiquitous computing applications, providing a framework as well as several customizable privacy mechanisms. Confab also comes with extensions for managing location privacy. Combined, these features allow application developers and end-users to support a spectrum of trust levels and privacy needs.
Authors are Jason Hong and James Landay
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