Chinese Journal of Network and Information Security ›› 2020, Vol. 6 ›› Issue (2): 67-76.doi: 10.11959/j.issn.2096-109x.2020020

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Design of blockchain based zero-knowledge proof of location system

Wei WU,Erwu LIU(),Changxin YANG,Rui WANG   

  1. School of Electronics and Information Engineering,Tongji University,Shanghai 201804,China
  • Revised:2020-03-17 Online:2020-04-15 Published:2020-04-23
  • Supported by:
    Shanghai Integrated Military and Civilian Development Fund(JMRH-2018-1075);The National Natural Science Foundation of China(61571330);Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality Research Project(19511102002)


With the development of precise positioning technology,a growing number of location-based services (LBS) emerge.For example,visit a specific place to get the corresponding reward.This also leads to location fraud by illegal users in order to gain benefits.Thus,it is necessary to verify location certificates provided by users.However,present proof of location systems are deficient in verifying users’ location certificates while protecting users’ privacy.Users do not flexibly control their location certificates either.Based on blockchain,a kind of distributed proof of location system architecture was proposed and based on the proposed system architecture,a kind of proof of location protocol with zero-knowledge proof was proposed further.With the proposed architecture and the protocol,the proposed proof of location system allows users to freely select disclosed certificate parameters and positional accuracy according to their needs so that hierarchical location privacy protection was achieved.

Key words: blockchain, zero-knowledge proof, privacy protection, proof of location system

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