Conference paper

Decentralized Polling with Respectable Participants

We consider the polling problem in a social network where participants care about their reputation: they do not want their vote to be disclosed nor their misbehaving, if any, to be publicly exposed. Assuming this reputation concern, we show that a simple secret sharing scheme, combined with verification procedures, can efficiently enable polling without the need for any central authority or heavyweight cryptography. More specifically, we present DPol, a simple and scalable distributed polling protocol where misbehaving nodes are exposed with a non-zero probability and the probability of dishonest participants violating privacy is balanced with their impact on the accuracy of the polling result. The trade-off is captured by a generic parameter of the protocol, an integer k we call the privacy parameter, so that in a system of N nodes with $B<\sqrt{N}$ dishonest participants, the probability of disclosing a participant’s vote is bounded by (B/N) k + 1, whereas the impact on the polling result is bounded by (6k + 2) B. We report on the deployment of DPol over 400 PlanetLab nodes. The polling result suffers a relative error of less than 10% in the face of message losses, crashes and asynchrony inherent in PlanetLab. In the presence of dishonest nodes, our experiments show that the impact on the polling result is (4k + 1) B on average, consistently lower that the theoretical bound of (6k + 2) B.


    • LPD-CONF-2009-013

    Record created on 2009-12-19, modified on 2016-08-08

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