Barbara Guidi, Andrea Michienzi, Kevin Koidl, and Kristina Kapanova. 2019. A multilayer social overlay for new generation DOSNs. In Proceedings of the 5th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good (GoodTechs ’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 114-119. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3342428.3343034
Online Social Networking platforms (OSNs) have become part of the real life of people. This is the natural outcome of many centuries of “social media” development answering the deep-rooted need for communication among humans. Existing social media platforms give users the impression that they are in full control of their data. However, it is actually those companies providing those services that have sole authority over a person’s information. The need of trusted environment and the privacy issues in OSNs have seen the rise of Decentralized Online Social Networks. However, all of these platforms are far from being useful in real life. Indeed, they fail to address the complexity of social structures, in which we change our roles fluently from one to another leading to different roles in several independent and interconnected contexts. The envision of a Next Generation Internet focused on people is the main topic of the new generation of Decentralized Online Social Networks, which takes into account the main characteristics of the previous generations. In this paper, we present a new idea to model a multilayer P2P Social Overlay which takes into account different actors and relationships to be included in smart environments. Moreover, it is organized in layers, where one layer represents a specific social context of the peer it models. We present a formal definition of the Heterogeneous Ego Network and we show how it works in a general scenario.