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APSON: Anonymous and Private SOcial Network

Kai Dong,
Taolin Guo,
Zhen Ling,
Ming Yang,
Wenjia Wu,


In recent years, user privacy in online social networks has become an important issue. Existing researches use anonymity techniques to preserve privacy. However traditional anonymity techniques do not support profile matching, thus have limitations in providing services which are based on social network topologies. This means that anonymous users cannot establish relationship or connect with friends if such techniques are used. This paper proposes an anonymous social network framework, which implements profile matching while still allows users to remain anonymous.


Social network; Anonymity; Privacy; Profile matching; Attribute based encryption

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Kai Dong, Taolin Guo, Zhen Ling, Ming Yang, Wenjia Wu, "APSON: Anonymous and Private SOcial Network," Journal of Internet Technology, vol. 18, no. 7 , pp. 1543-1551, Dec. 2017.

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