“Bridging the gap between anonymous e-mail and anonymous Web browsing”

Tillwick and Olivier


Citation information

H. Tillwick and M. S. Olivier. “Bridging the gap between anonymous e-mail and anonymous Web browsing”. In: Online Information Review 32.1 (2008), pp. 22–34


Purpose - Anonymity research on high latency, store-and-forward mediums, such as e-mail, have led to comparatively well-researched anonymity technologies; however, similar achievements have proven to be more difficult for low-latency communications such as Web browsing. This paper aims to propose an anonymous Web browsing protocol that harnesses some of the advantages of a store-and-forward anonymity solutions whilst retaining some of the interactive properties of Web browsing.
Design/methodology/approach - A review of existing anonymity solutions notes the advantages of mix technologies versus the advantages offered by Onion Routing. A solution is presented that features a combined approach of both solutions.
Findings - The proposed protocol differentiates between Web requests and Web responses - requests are treated as store-and-forward messages whilst the Web response is handled like a data stream.
Originality/value - The solution described can be used by existing anonymous Web browsing solutions in order to improve the level of anonymity whilst minimising the overhead of anonymously distributing Web content.

Full text

A pre- or postprint of the publication is available at http://mo.co.za/open/anongap.pdf.

Definitive version

The definitive version of the paper is available from the publisher.
DOI: 10.1108/14684520810865967

BibTeX reference

AUTHOR={Heiko Tillwick and Martin S Olivier},
TITLE={Bridging the gap between anonymous e-mail and anonymous {W}eb browsing},
JOURNAL={Online Information Review},
PAGES={22--34} )

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