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Tussle Analysis presented at CSCN'15

posted Oct 29, 2015, 8:38 PM by Patrick Poullie
From October 28 to October 30, 2015 the 2015 IEEE Conference on Standardsfor Communications & Networking took place in Tokyo, Japan. The conference saw numerous presentations and keynotes on mobile communications technologies. Although the conference seemed rather focused on lower-layer communications technology, UZH presented a well-received talk on tussle analysis right after the opening keynotes. The presented paper's abstract can be found below. The presentation highlighted the need for methodologies for assessing the socio-economic awareness of Internet technology and standards. Accordingly, the tussle analysis was introduced. The presentation wrapped up UZH’s standardization activities within ITU-T that began in 2011 and led to the publication of Y.3013, which standardized the Tussle Analysis. Tussle Analysis’ focus on the socio-economic aware shaping of the future Internet, was particularly relevant due to the conference’s focus on future communications technology. For example, 5G was a major topic at this conference.

The Internet enables the interaction of stakeholders of virtually all commercial, industrial, and private sectors. Thereby, innumerable conflicting socio-economic interests collide through the Internet. Since self-interested stakeholders will try enforcing their interests through technological, economical, or judicial means, the Internet technology and related standards must not only be focused on technical engineering goals, but also need to ensure a fair playing field for all stakeholders. This ne¬cessity to consider socio-economic factors, when designing technology and standards, is slowly recognized by academia and standardization bodies and highlighted in this paper. The Tussle Analysis is presented as the first tool for assessing such a socio-economic awareness of Internet technology and related standards. The Tussle Analysis was standardized in Study Group (SG) 13 of the ITU-T and published as Recommendation Y.3013 in 2014. Thus, methods to implement the Tussle Analysis’ three steps are presented and discussed throughout the paper.