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Networking Outside the Networks

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Vesa Korhonen
University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

Due to the recent unfortunate events, for example, the ability to monitor and control the messages and data transferred in the Internet has gained attention. However, there also exist methods for networking beyond any control. Smart, hand-held mobile devices with support for communication technologies such as the WLAN allow spontaneous, ad-hoc networks being created (and discontinued) without notice. Such networks may remain completely invisible and hence allow the delivery of illegal or inappropriate contents with very low risk of being detected. And even if the network traffic can be detected, it is virtually impossible to point out the originator of the data from a large crowd, for example, if he manages to shut down the equipment fast enough. The author has participated in research on short-range wireless mobile networks, where the concept Mobile Encounter Network has emerged. Based on this concept, the so-called ''Dark Side'' of mobile networking has been predicted. It is suggested that much more research effort, both in computer science and in human sciences, should be directed to this area. Getting mobile can integrate, but it may also disintegrate. We must know what we can't let loose, before it is too late.

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