Matthew K. Mukerjee

Balancing accountability and privacy in the network

By: 
David Naylor, Matthew K. Mukerjee, Peter Steenkiste
Appears in: 
CCR August 2014

Though most would agree that accountability and privacy are both valuable, today’s Internet provides little support for either. Previous efforts have explored ways to offer stronger guarantees for one of the two, typically at the expense of the other; indeed, at first glance accountability and privacy appear mutually exclusive. At the center of the tussle is the source address: in an accountable Internet, source addresses undeniably link packets and senders so hosts can be punished for bad behavior. In a privacy-preserving Internet, source addresses are hidden as much as possible.

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