3rd International ICST Symposium on Information Assurance and Security

Research Article

Organized Anonymous Agents

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/IAS.2007.34,
        author={Martijn  Warnier and Frances  Brazier},
        title={Organized Anonymous Agents},
        proceedings={3rd International ICST Symposium on  Information Assurance and Security},
        keywords={Data privacy  Identity management systems  Information security  Intelligent agent  Intelligent systems  Law  Legal factors  Middleware  Relays  Routing},
  • Martijn Warnier
    Frances Brazier
    Year: 2007
    Organized Anonymous Agents
    DOI: 10.1109/IAS.2007.34
Martijn Warnier1,*, Frances Brazier1,*
  • 1: Intelligent Interactive Distributed Systems VU University, Amsterdam The Netherlands
*Contact email: warnier@cs.vu.nl, frances@cs.vu.nl


Anonymity can be of great importance in distributed agent applications such as e-commerce & auctions. This paper proposes and analyzes a new approach for organized anonymity of agents based on the use of pseudonyms. A novel naming scheme is presented that can be used by agent platforms to provide automatic anonymity for all agents on its platform, or, alternatively, to provide anonymity on demand. The paper also introduces a new technique, based on the use of handles, that can be fully integrated in an agent platform. Performance measures for an anonymity service implemented for the AgentScape platform provides some insight in the overhead involved.