Musubi: A Decentralized Mobile Social Web

chairman: Axel Polleres, Institute for Information Business, Vienna University of Economics and Business
author: Monica S. Lam, Computer Science Department, Stanford University
published: July 4, 2012,   recorded: May 2012,   views: 5007


Related Open Educational Resources

Related content

Report a problem or upload files

If you have found a problem with this lecture or would like to send us extra material, articles, exercises, etc., please use our ticket system to describe your request and upload the data.
Enter your e-mail into the 'Cc' field, and we will keep you updated with your request's status.
Lecture popularity: You need to login to cast your vote.


With the rise of cloud services, users' personal data (from photos to bank transactions) are scattered and hosted by a variety of application service providers. Communication services like email and social networking, by virtue of helping users share, have the unique opportunity to gather all data shared in one place. As users shift their communication medium from email to social networks, personal data are increasingly locked up in a global, proprietary social web.

We see the rise of the mobile phone as an opportunity to re-establish an open standard, as social data are often produced, shared, and consumed on the mobile devices directly. We propose an API where apps can interact with friends' phones directly, without intermediation through a centralized communication service. Furthermore, this information can then be made available on our own devices to personalize and improve online interactions. Based on this API, we have created a working prototype called Musubi (short for Mobile, Social, and UBIquitous) along with various social applications, all of which are available on the Android market.

See Also:

Download slides icon Download slides: eswc2012_lam_musubi_01.pdf (3.9┬áMB)

Help icon Streaming Video Help

Link this page

Would you like to put a link to this lecture on your homepage?
Go ahead! Copy the HTML snippet !

Write your own review or comment:

make sure you have javascript enabled or clear this field: