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Overcoming free-riding behavior in peer-to-peer systems

Overcoming free-riding behavior in peer-to-peer systems While the fundamental premise of peer-to-peer (P2P) systems is that of voluntary resource sharing among individual peers, there is an inherent tension between individual rationality and collective welfare that threatens the viability of these systems. This paper surveys recent research at the intersection of economics and computer science that targets the design of distributed systems consisting of rational participants with diverse and selfish interests. In particular, we discuss major findings and open questions related to free-riding in P2P systems: factors affecting the degree of free-riding, incentive mechanisms to encourage user cooperation, and challenges in the design of incentive mechanisms for P2P systems. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGecom Exchanges Association for Computing Machinery

Overcoming free-riding behavior in peer-to-peer systems

ACM SIGecom Exchanges , Volume 5 (4) – Jul 1, 2005

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2005 by ACM Inc.
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1551-9031
DOI
10.1145/1120717.1120723
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Abstract

While the fundamental premise of peer-to-peer (P2P) systems is that of voluntary resource sharing among individual peers, there is an inherent tension between individual rationality and collective welfare that threatens the viability of these systems. This paper surveys recent research at the intersection of economics and computer science that targets the design of distributed systems consisting of rational participants with diverse and selfish interests. In particular, we discuss major findings and open questions related to free-riding in P2P systems: factors affecting the degree of free-riding, incentive mechanisms to encourage user cooperation, and challenges in the design of incentive mechanisms for P2P systems.

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ACM SIGecom ExchangesAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Jul 1, 2005

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