An important problem facing large, distributed organizations is the efficient management and distribution of information, knowledge, and expertise. Shock is designed as low-cost, extensible, flexible, and dynamic peer-to-peer knowledge network that helps address this problem. The system is designed to protect the privacy of user's personal information, such as email, web browsing habits, etc., while making that information available for knowledge management applications. It reduces participation costs for such applications as expert-finding, allows highly targeted messaging, and enables novel kinds of ad hoc conversation and anonymous messaging. The system is tightly integrated with users' email clients, taking advantage of email as habitat.
Lukose, R., E. Adar, J. Tyler, and C. Sengupta, "SHOCK: Computational Messaging with Automatic Private Profiles," submitted for publication, pdf
Adar, E., R. Lukose, C. Sengupta, J. Tyler, and N. Good, "Shock: Aggregating Information While Preserving Privacy," to appear in Information System Frontiers 5(1):15-28, 2003, pdf
Additional information can be found in a presentation on Shock given by Eytan Adar at the Internet2 P2P workshop: HTML
The Shock team: Eytan Adar, Rajan Lukose, Josh Tyler, Caesar Sengupta, and Nathan Good