Annual report on studying the economic aspects of Future Internet technologies

posted 22 Sep 2011, 02:32 by Costas Kalogiros   [ updated 22 Sep 2011, 02:51 ]
The annual report on studying the economic aspects of Future Internet technologies has been published. This report (officially titled “First Report on Economic Future Internet Coordination Activities”) describes coordination activities by the SESERV project related to the economics of the Future Internet, focusing on incentive mechanisms for effective collaboration and high-speed accounting.

By studying a carefully selected subset of Challenge 1 projects the most popular socio-economic challenges are identified and a consolidated overview and classification of Future Internet stakeholders is presented. Furthermore, the way these stakeholders can interact, by exploiting selected Future Internet technologies to advance their economic interests, is analyzed. These interactions are examined by performing the first steps of a tussle analysis methodology, which is motivated and described in detail.

It turns out that Cloud computing receives the highest interest out of 16 socio-economic challenges of the Future Internet, followed by Privacy and data protection, Security of communications, Internet of things, and Online identity.

Furthermore, we observe that the technologies proposed by the profiled research projects increasingly blur the distinction across stakeholders and, at the same time, promote collaboration across different stakeholders resulting in more complex value chains/networks.

We also identify that several projects study interactions between stakeholders that can be categorized into a limited number of groups, such as network security, controlling content/service delivery and responsibility for agreement violation, among others.

Overall, the tussle analysis method is perceived to offer projects a structured approach to identify, communicate, and address socio-economic aspects of their research and the relevant impact of their developed solutions, the sustainability of their adoption, etc.

In the second part of the report we consider the managerial and technical feasibility and other socio-economic challenges of high-speed Internet accounting in a world of increasing volumes of real-time communication. Two frameworks are proposed to assess socio-economic demand drivers of high-speed accounting, and a stress-field between those is presented.

Future work during the second year will strive for depth in terms of a detailed design for tussle assessment by completing the tussle analysis for a limited number of projects. The common research themes of projects that were identified and the associated tussles will be utilized in coordinating the discussion with those projects, e.g., during the second SESERV workshop to be held in Athens on February 2012 and related concertation meetings.