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A Blockchain-Based Location Privacy Protection Incentive Mechanism in Crowd Sensing Networks

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Inner Mongolia A.R. Key Laboratory of Wireless Networking and Mobile Computing, Hohhot 010021, China
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College of Computer Science, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot 010021, China
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Office of Informationization Construction and Management, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
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Human Resources Department, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
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Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3894; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18113894
Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 22 October 2018 / Accepted: 23 October 2018 / Published: 12 November 2018
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Abstract

Crowd sensing is a perception mode that recruits mobile device users to complete tasks such as data collection and cloud computing. For the cloud computing platform, crowd sensing can not only enable users to collaborate to complete large-scale awareness tasks but also provide users for types, social attributes, and other information for the cloud platform. In order to improve the effectiveness of crowd sensing, many incentive mechanisms have been proposed. Common incentives are monetary reward, entertainment & gamification, social relation, and virtual credit. However, there are rare incentives based on privacy protection basically. In this paper, we proposed a mixed incentive mechanism which combined privacy protection and virtual credit called a blockchain-based location privacy protection incentive mechanism in crowd sensing networks. Its network structure can be divided into three parts which are intelligence crowd sensing networks, confusion mechanism, and blockchain. We conducted the experiments in the campus environment and the results shows that the incentive mechanism proposed in this paper has the efficacious effect in stimulating user participation. View Full-Text
Keywords: blockchain; incentive mechanism; crowd sensing network; Internet of Things; privacy protection; cloud computing blockchain; incentive mechanism; crowd sensing network; Internet of Things; privacy protection; cloud computing
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Jia, B.; Zhou, T.; Li, W.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, J. A Blockchain-Based Location Privacy Protection Incentive Mechanism in Crowd Sensing Networks. Sensors 2018, 18, 3894.

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