Algorithmic advances in anonymous communication over networks

Giulia Fanti, Pramod Viswanath

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Abstract

Over the years, researchers have thought extensively about how to communicate anonymously over a network. In this position paper, we first provide an overview of the current research landscape-including a discussion of common communication and anonymity models-and examples of prominent work in this space. In the second half of the paper, we present our thoughts on future directions of interest in this area. In short, we notice an increasing amount of work in the anonymity literature that tackles nearly omnipotent adversaries, which presumably represent the NSA or a similarly powerful surveillance agency. Such strong adversarial models can only be defeated through heavy-handed techniques that may be difficult to scale in practice. We therefore present two guidelines that have guided our own algorithmic problem formulation in this space. These guidelines suggest alternative research directions that (1) exploit surveillance agencies' weaknesses at the physical layer, and (2) consider the many weaker, but still relevant, adversaries who contribute to global censorship and surveillance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 50th Annual Conference on Information Systems and Sciences, CISS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages133-138
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467394574
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 26 2016
Event50th Annual Conference on Information Systems and Sciences, CISS 2016 - Princeton, United States
Duration: Mar 16 2016Mar 18 2016

Publication series

Name2016 50th Annual Conference on Information Systems and Sciences, CISS 2016

Other

Other50th Annual Conference on Information Systems and Sciences, CISS 2016
CountryUnited States
CityPrinceton
Period3/16/163/18/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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    Fanti, G., & Viswanath, P. (2016). Algorithmic advances in anonymous communication over networks. In 2016 50th Annual Conference on Information Systems and Sciences, CISS 2016 (pp. 133-138). [7460490] (2016 50th Annual Conference on Information Systems and Sciences, CISS 2016). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CISS.2016.7460490