Towards decentralized OSNs for better control over personal data
Today, OSN sites allow users to share data using a centrally controlled web infrastructure. However, if users shared data directly from home, they could potentially retain full control over the data (i.e., what to share, whom to share with). This project investigates the feasibility of alternative decentralized architectures that allow users to share their data directly from home. Specifically, we (a) characterize social content workloads using data gathered from the popular Flickr and YouTube social networks and (b) characterize home networks using data gathered from residential gateways deployed in a number of households. We use the data from these measurements to evaluate the potential for delivering social content directly from users' homes.