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2015-12-07 Germany: Project Millipede - IOT 2016


 

 

Project Millipede - IOT 2016



Description of the project offered: 
Situation
Today, social networks are enjoying great popularity. Hundreds of millions of people use it, despite all the ID and data protection risks. Uploaded data are stored centrally in the data centers of the operators; user-generated content copyrights are delivered directly to the operator. The more data a user reveals about himself, the more accurate preferences and interests about the user can be determined. The consequences are targeted promotional activities and a progressive loss of privacy. Other players like government intelligence and security agencies are monitoring large portions of the web without respecting any fundamental rights to privacy and personal data protection - the value of freedom seems to have been forgotten.
Problem and solution
Users are hard to convince to use a new trustworthy platform, especially when the entire social context like friends and content is already bound to a single web service. The user needs a content publishing tool, which integrates into those web services they know best, without the requirement to change existing behaviors in regard to sharing sensitive data. By integrating, we mean private content is visually injected into a public content stream within existing social networks. In a future web of trust the user has not to question himself if a provider is trustworthy or not and what will happen with the users content. The user can delete even already published content from the web, once and for all.
Use case
Content uploaded to a specific web service is tightly bound to the operator interest and business model. Alice, our user in this case shares photos with friends in a hurry. Unaware of the first sentence she uses the hottest web platform to increase attention. She overlooked embarrassing party photos, unfortunately the operators want not forget anything, deletion unsuccessful. Bob recommended Alice to use Millipede, a decentralized and secure content sharing chain, which allows a rebalancing of privacy between large web companies and the user generating content. For now on Alice publishes even critical content to these web platforms through Millipede. The content gets encrypted transported to any storage service Alice chooses. Millipede acts as a transparent visual layer in the browser. We manipulate the original Facebook site by injecting content from secure storage services the user has full control off. The operator does not even know that Alice published content in the first place. Bob can see Alice`s critical content on Facebook without changing his communication and sharing behavior.
Project proposer:   Markus Gritsch (Germany)
Partner role:  Project participant 
Partner organisation:  Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
Call for proposal title:  Internet of Things 
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-IOT-2016-2017


Description of the collaboration sought: 
Millipede’s privacy enhancing technology (PET) allows a rebalancing of privacy between large web companies and the user, generating content. 
We are seeking for talented software developers across the globe interested in contributing to various fields addressing important aspects required to enable mass adaption for PET`s beyond information security measures. The general goals are to increase operation capabilities for software engineering purposes improving the existing prototype in terms of stability, usability and integration aspects. The latter aspect allows us to deploy Millipede as a transparent acting PET technology within major platforms where privacy matters most - affecting the mass user. 
In order to establish further use cases and enhance stability aspects various work packages of ICT research and implementation has to be carried including 

Activity Stream Model
Content Injection (Visual Overlay) Technology portation to support native mobile Applications 
Adaptable and flexible navigation models for browser-based and native mobile applications
Browser extension - Advanced user controls - UI Isolation - don`t conflict with hosting sites
Stability and Fault Tolerance (Autonomous Service Composition Self Organization and Healing)
Cross-platform, browser-compatible versions of DHT, PKI and content streaming components
Trust Negotiation
Modern User Interface development based on advanced web rendering technologies such as React and Polymer.
Application Programming Interface for third party desktop and mobile native applications
Software Tests

Further we are inviting digital human rights NGO`s in the areas free speech and expression to participate in Millipede`s future development activities in order to establish an autonomous solution to fight censorship applied by ICT operators and governments. The general concept is to create an interface empowering NGO`s to tag propaganda, racist and xenophobic material produced by troll factories or racist and distributed within social networks. Millipede`s distributes these findings to the end user allowing them to automatically suppresses respectively highlight illegal content like ad-block does for advertisements. 
Expertise sought: Research ethics, Business aspects, Scientific research, Coordination. Cooperation, Innovation. Technology transfer, Security, Regional development, Information. Media, Social aspects, Project management methodologies, Mathematics. Statistics, Other technology, Robotics, Automation, Network technologies, ICT Applications, Telecommunications, Information processing. Information systems, 
Roles sought: Project coordinator, Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: Research, Industry, Technology transfer, Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), , 
Countries sought: Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Belgium, Bulgaria, 

Call for proposal specific information
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