MobiRate: making mobile raters stick to their word
To share services, portable devices may need to locate reputable in-range providers and, to do so, they may exchange ratings with each other. However, providers may well tweak ratings to their own advantage. That is why we have designed a new decentralized mechanism (dubbed MobiRate) with which portable devices store ratings in (local) tamperevident tables and check the integrity of those tables through a gossiping protocol. We evaluate the extent to which MobiRate reduces the impact of tampered ratings and consequently locates reputable service providers. We do so using real mobility and social network data. We also assess computational and communication costs of MobiRate on mobile phones.