Expanding on the field of digital privacy and countering
by changing the format of transmitted documents
is one of the forms of the computer security, and as such it is only as
strong as the weakest link. The weakest link in the stronger anonymous
networks today is the inability to protect the user from accidentally
disclosing private and personal information. In particular there is a
known problem of programmes which are used to store the XML documents
which can be transferred adding potentially compromising information
into the documents. Two prominent examples of that would be
package, which adds information about the computer
system on which the particular document has been created, and Frost
which transfers newsgroup-like messages, but has no ability to test if
the message contains any potentially dangerous metadata.
where Anonymous XML standard comes in, its goal is to create several
standardised formats for transmission of the data anonymously, and to
expand already creating standards to include the anonymity conserns.
is an extension to the existing XML standard and XML-based standards,
like OpenDocument Format and Atom web feed. Anonymous XML standard
takes into account the need for anonymity of the distributor of the XML
document. The Anonymous XML framework provides a tool for gaining
and protecting the right of free speech. That is accomplished by
allowing software to remove the information from an XML document which
can potentially identify a specific computer user as the author.
The use of Anonymous XML can be graphically summarised in the following way:Here
Alice tries to send the document to Bob without disclosing her
identity. She uses some anonymous network to hide the information such
as her IP address from Bob's view, and the software that she uses to
send the document into the network can use Anonymous XML in order to
transform the document that is XML based (such as a blog post,
OpenDocument Text, or a Frost board message) into a form that is safe
to disclose to others.
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