Anonymity and accountability in self-organizing electronic communities

Csilla Farkas, Attila Meretei, Gábor Ziegler, A. Lőrincz

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Abstract

In this paper we study the problem of anonymity versus accountability in electronic communities. We argue that full anonymity may present a security risk that is unacceptable in certain applications; therefore, anonymity and accountability are both needed. To resolve the inherent contradiction between anonymity and accountability in a flexible manner, we introduce the concepts of internal and external accountabilities. Intuitively, internal accountability applies to virtual users only, and is governed by the policy of a group (a community). In contrast, external accountability is needed to address issues related to misuse if the activity is to be penalized in real life according to internal rules or external laws. We provide a set of protocols to ensure that users' virtual and real identities cannot be disclosed unnecessarily, and allow users to monitor the data collected about them as well as to terminate their membership (both real and virtual) under certain conditions. We develop a general conceptual model of electronic Editorial Board (e-EB). In our thinking, there are deep connections between anonymity and self-organization. In turn, the concept of self-organizing e-EB (SO-eEB) is introduced here, and a robotic example is provided. Finally, SO-eEB is specialized to Anonymous and Accountable Self-Organizing Communities (A2SOCs), that fully supports internal and external accountability while providing anonymity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security
EditorsS. De Capitani di Vimercati, P. Samarati
Pages81-90
Number of pages10
EditionWORKSHOP
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Nov 21 2002Nov 21 2002

Other

OtherACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period11/21/0211/21/02

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Keywords

  • Accountability
  • Anonymity
  • Authentication
  • Privacy
  • Self-organizing community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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Farkas, C., Meretei, A., Ziegler, G., & Lőrincz, A. (2002). Anonymity and accountability in self-organizing electronic communities. In S. De Capitani di Vimercati, & P. Samarati (Eds.), Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (WORKSHOP ed., pp. 81-90)

Anonymity and accountability in self-organizing electronic communities. / Farkas, Csilla; Meretei, Attila; Ziegler, Gábor; Lőrincz, A.

Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. ed. / S. De Capitani di Vimercati; P. Samarati. WORKSHOP. ed. 2002. p. 81-90.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Farkas, C, Meretei, A, Ziegler, G & Lőrincz, A 2002, Anonymity and accountability in self-organizing electronic communities. in S De Capitani di Vimercati & P Samarati (eds), Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. WORKSHOP edn, pp. 81-90, ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society, Washington, DC, United States, 11/21/02.
Farkas C, Meretei A, Ziegler G, Lőrincz A. Anonymity and accountability in self-organizing electronic communities. In De Capitani di Vimercati S, Samarati P, editors, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. WORKSHOP ed. 2002. p. 81-90
Farkas, Csilla ; Meretei, Attila ; Ziegler, Gábor ; Lőrincz, A. / Anonymity and accountability in self-organizing electronic communities. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. editor / S. De Capitani di Vimercati ; P. Samarati. WORKSHOP. ed. 2002. pp. 81-90
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