June 2012: HorNet: Microblogging for a Contributory Social Network

posted Jun 12, 2012, 11:04 AM by Symeon Papadopoulos   [ updated Jun 12, 2012, 11:06 AM ]
Daniel Lazaro Iglesias, Joan-Manuel Marques, Guillem Cabrera, Helena Rifa-Pous, Albert Montane, "HorNet: Microblogging for a Contributory Social Network," IEEE Internet Computing, pp. 37-45, May-June, 2012 

Abstract: Online social networks play an important role in everyday life for many people. However, only a few specialized companies offer services and resources that support social networks. This could expose users to undesired publicity and make them vulnerable to information control and censorship. HorNet is a decentralized alternative implementation of a microblogging social network that depends solely on user-provided computational resources. With the service load distributed across all users, each one must contribute only a small amount of resources, and the social network can remain free and under members' control.