Decentralized mobile search and retrieval using SMS and HTTP to support social change

Isaí Michel Lombera*, Yung-Ting Chuang, L. E. Moser, P. M. Melliar-Smith

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Abstract

Recent events have demonstrated the utility of mobile devices to coordinate mass gatherings and organize protests in support of social change and the cause of democracy. However, a common attack against the social networking abilities of mobile phone wielding protesters has been government action to censor centralized search and social networking sites. This paper describes a decentralized search and retrieval system, named iTrust, that provides greater resistance against the vulnerabilities inherent in centralized services. In particular, it describes the iTrust with SMS interface and the iTrust SMS-HTTP bridge, which enable any SMS-capable mobile phone to communicate with other nodes in the iTrust network. It also describes an Android mobile phone interface that builds on the basic SMS capabilities of a mobile phone and that offers a user-friendly way of accessing the iTrust with SMS implementation. Finally, the paper presents an evaluation of the iTrust search and retrieval system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Computing, Applications, and Services - Third International Conference, MobiCASE 2011, Revised Selected Papers
Pages152-171
Number of pages20
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Sep 2012
Event3rd International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services, MobiCASE 2011 - Los Angeles, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Oct 201127 Oct 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume95 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services, MobiCASE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, CA
Period24/10/1127/10/11

Keywords

  • HTTP
  • SMS
  • decentralized search and retrieval
  • iTrust
  • mobile search and retrieval

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    Michel Lombera, I., Chuang, Y-T., Moser, L. E., & Melliar-Smith, P. M. (2012). Decentralized mobile search and retrieval using SMS and HTTP to support social change. In Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services - Third International Conference, MobiCASE 2011, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 152-171). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 95 LNICST). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32320-1_11