Genre-based information hiding

Russell Ogilvie, George R.S. Weir

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While data encryption is an effective means of keeping data private it does not conceal the presence of 'hidden' information, rather it serves as an indicator that such data is present. Concealing information and hiding the fact that information is hidden are both desirable traits of a confidential data exchange, especially if that exchange takes place across a public network such as the Internet. In the present paper, we describe an approach to textual steganography in which data is not only hidden, in virtue of its encoding, but the presence of hidden data is also concealed, through use of human-readable carrier texts. Information transmitted in this fashion remains confidential and its confidential nature is also concealed. The approach detailed addresses several shortcomings in previous work in this area. Specifically, we achieve a high rate of accuracy in message decoding and also produce carrier texts which are both coherent and plausible as human-readable plain text messages. These desirable features of textual steganography are accomplished through a system of sentence mapping and a genre-based approach to carrier text selection that produces contextually related content in the carrier messages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Security, Safety and Sustainability & e-Democracy
Subtitle of host publication7th International and 4th e-Democracy, Joint Conferences, ICGS3/e-Democracy 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece, August 24-26, 2011, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsChristos K. Georgiadis, Hamid Jahankhani, Elias Pimenidis, Rabih Bashroush, Ameer Al-Nemrat
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783642334474
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2012
Event7th International and 4th e-Democracy, Joint Conferences, ICGS3/e-Democracy - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 24 Aug 201126 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference7th International and 4th e-Democracy, Joint Conferences, ICGS3/e-Democracy


  • textual steganography
  • genre
  • data hiding
  • confidential data
  • data encryption
  • high rate
  • human-readable
  • information hiding
  • plain text
  • public networks
  • related content


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