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System and method of preventing surreptitious changes to the title of a document

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199925D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Method to prevent the surreptitious hijacking of user content (documents, groups, etc.)

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System and method of preventing surreptitious changes to the title of a document

Often in a social software site a user may join a particular group based upon his own interest, but that group could be renamed to something the user may have no interest in, or explicitly dislike. The only currently available mechanism to counter this is to monitor the names of the groups of which the user is a member and hope to spot that the group has been repurposed. This situation could be applied to any document type: social-networking groups, word processing documents, etc, and has the advantage of being language-based so that semantically irrelevant changes are ignored.

    To prevent the surreptitious hijacking of documents, groups, etc. a system could be included in the user's environment to track the important entities there. For a social networking site it could take the form of a small application; for a word processor or browser or other document display program, it could take the form of a plugin to the environment. This monitor "fingerprints" the text of the relevant items by means of a semantic interpreter which can be used to generate a value that describes the text. The text is then compared at intervals with the stored value and any significant semantic changes would be highlighted for the user to accept or reject.

    For the purpose of illustration, this describes the behaviour on a fictitious social network MyExampleSocialNetwork :

    The user installs the application on...