Smartphone Users Want to be Mocked (Poster)

Proceedings of the 15th Workshop on Hot Topics in Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile'14). 2/26/2014.
Recipient of the Best Poster Award

Abstract

We propose a new tool in the battle to allow smartphone users to control their digital identities: objective-based context mocking. In contrast to privacy-based approaches that try to limit application access to data, mocking allows users to manipulate data-driven impressions of their behavior in well-defined ways, to appear more fit, more social, or more on-time than they actually are. We describe the design of the PocketMocker system which uses user-initiated context trace collection and white-hat data analytics running on the phone to provide control over the mocking process. We also present data from a survey indicating that many users would feel comfortable using our system.

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