Twitterize - Anonymize Twitter


Recent events, for instance the Arab spring movement, have proven social media to be a key element. Social media have been and are used to distribute news in the absence of independent news agencies, and to organize protests. However, social media as of today is centralized, making it easy to block, censor, and wiretap. That leaves user exposed, as their confidentiality and in particular anonymity cannot be protected by social media. Add-on privacy enhancing technologies, for instance TOR, suffer the inherent problems of limited availability and poor usability. Thus, new means of communication, which feature both, integrated privacy protection and usability, are required.


Twitterize, short for Anonymize Twitter, solves these challenges by using 3 basic principles: 

  • Facilitation of mobile device interaction concepts for better usability
  • State of the art encryption for confidentiality
  • TOR-like anonymization through peers

As a result, Twitterize allow confidential and anonymous communication, that follows the well know Twitter paradigm, and building upon the Twitter infrastructure. Twitterize uses our Peer-2-Peers based overlay network for privacy-preserving publish/subscribe to realize private communication for #tags. We use NFC and QR-Codes for quick and usable transfer of all required secrets in order to publish or subscribe to a #tag.






TK researcher Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis will give a talk at University of Oxford

TK researcher Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis will be giving a seminar as part of the Cyber Security Seminars at the University of Oxford on the 8th of December 2017. The title of his talk is "I trust my Zombies: a Trust-enabled... [more]

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2 presentations in in the prestigious Blackhat Europe 2017 conference!

TK researchers of the SPIN area (Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis, Carlos Garcia Cordero and Leon Böck) will be presenting their work in Blackhat Europe in London, UK!  More details can be found in the following... [more]

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TK leistet im Projekt PEN Beiträge zum Kernthema Resilienz zukünftiger Stromnetze

Dabei wurden zum einen zentrale Beiträge zum Algorithmus zur Bildung von Holonen, also autonomen, veränderlichen Sub-Netzes geleistet und ein Software-Werkzeug namens HOLEG entwickelt. Mit HOLEG können Energienetze in einer... [more]

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"Süße Versuchung für Cyberkriminelle" - BMBF publishes article about research project TraCINg

The media interest in research project TraCINg remains high. On 14th August, the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) published an article about TraCINg on their website. Read the article on the BMBF website or on... [more]

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"Mit Honig gegen Hackerangriffe" - TV report on research project TraCINg

After visiting the TK lab on 2nd August, German private TV channel RTL Hessen broadcasted another report on research project TraCINg on 11th August. The full TV report can be watched here.  [more]

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Informatiker der TU Darmstadt legen Köder für Hacker aus

Mit gezielt ausgelegten Ködern - sogenannte Honeypots (Honigtöpfe) - legen Informatiker der TU Darmstadt unter der Leitung von Prof. Max Mühlhäuser Köder aus, um Hacker anzulocken. Fast minütlich werden Angriffe registriert. Die... [more]

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Press Article about TraCINg is online

An exciting article about project TraCINg, managed by TK researchers Dr. Florian Volk and Carlos Garcia,  has been published on, an initiative of the Hessian Ministry for Science and Arts to provide... [more]

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