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Architecture and Protocol for User-Controlled Access Management in Web 2.0 Applications

Lookup NU author(s): Maciej Machulak, Professor Aad van Moorsel



The rapidly developing Web environment provides users with a wide set of rich services as varied and complex as desktop applications. Those services are collectively referred to as “Web 2.0”, with examples such as Google Docs, Flickr, or Wordpress, that allow users to create, manage and share their content online. By switching from desktop applications to their cloud-based Web equivalents more and more data is released online. It is the user who creates data, who disseminates it and who shares it with other users and services. Storing and sharing resources on the Web poses new security challenges. Access control, in particular, is currently poorly addressed in such an environment and is not well suited to the increasing amount of resources that are available online. We propose a new approach to access control for the Web. Our approach puts a user in full control of access to their resources which may be scattered across multiple cloud-based Web applications. Unlike existing authorization systems, it relies on a user’s centrally located security requirements for these resources.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Machulak M, van Moorsel A

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2010

Pages: 13

Print publication date: 01/03/2010

Source Publication Date: March 2010

Report Number: 1191

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne