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

Tillwick and Olivier


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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.

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DOI: 10.1108/14684520810865967

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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} )