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[freehaven-dev] Apr 10, 4pm: On the Economics of Anonymity

Date:    Thursday, April 10, 2003
Time:    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place:   NE43-516, 200 Tech Square, MIT
Speaker: Roger Dingledine
Title:   On the Economics of Anonymity


Decentralized anonymity infrastructures are still not in wide use today.
While there are technical barriers to a secure robust design, our
lack of understanding of the incentives to participate in such systems
remains a major roadblock. Here we explore some reasons why anonymity
systems are particularly hard to deploy, enumerate the incentives to
participate either as senders or also as nodes, and build a general model
to describe the effects of these incentives. We then describe and justify
some simplifying assumptions to make the model manageable, and compare
optimal strategies for participants based on a variety of scenarios.


The talk content will depend on audience interest (and how many people
disagree with the basic premise ;) -- we can keep it high-level or delve
into the model a bit.

Hosted by the Applied Security Reading Group