• The list of accepted papers is now available in the program page.

  • The early registration deadline is May 18. Please visit the registration page for instructions.

  • The submission information page has been updated to allow authors who would like to give the reviewers access to proofs et al. to either link to a full version or include such details as an appendix.

  • Information on registration has been posted on the registration page.

  • We are thrilled to announce that we will have an exciting series of invited talks this year by:
    • R. Srikant, Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Endowed Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor, Coordinated Science Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Rakesh V. Vohra, George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, Department of Economics and Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
    • Éva Tardos, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University

    Check out the invited speakers page for all information.

  • The NetEcon 2015 website is up! We are excited to announce that this year, NetEcon will be held at FCRC 2015 in Portland (OR, USA) on Monday June 15, in conjunction with both ACM SIGMETRICS 2015 and ACM EC 2015!

  • NetEcon is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!
    After two years being held as W-PIN+NetEcon following its merger with the W-PIN workshop, NetEcon returned to its original name and we are happy to announce NetEcon 2015: the 10th Workshop on the Economics of Networks, Systems and Computation.

Call for papers

Today's communication networks and networked systems are highly complex and heterogeneous, and are often owned by multiple profit-making entities. For new technologies or infrastructure designs to be adopted, they must not be only based on sound engineering performance considerations but also present the right economic incentives. Recent changes in regulations of the telecommunication industry make such economic considerations even more urgent. For instance, concerns such as network neutrality have a significant impact on the evolution of communication networks.

At the same time, communication networks and networked systems support increasing economic activity based on applications and services such as cloud computing, social networks, and peer-to-peer networks. These applications pose new challenges such as the development of good pricing and incentive mechanisms to promote effective system-wide behavior. In relation to these applications, security and privacy also require consideration of economic aspects to be fully understood.

The aim of NetEcon is to foster discussions on the application of economic and game-theoretic models and principles to address challenges in the development of networks and network-based applications and services. NetEcon was established in 2006 (succeeding to the P2PECON, IBC and PINS workshops) and merged with the W-PIN workshop in 2013. We invite submission of extended abstracts describing original research on theoretical/methodological contributions or on applications to cases of interest. It is our hope that NetEcon will serve as a feeder workshop, i.e., that expanded, polished versions of extended abstracts will appear later in major conference proceedings and refereed journals of relevant research communities.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Pricing of resources in communication networks, grids, and cloud computing
  • Pricing of information goods and services; copyright issues, effect of network externalities (e.g., in social network)
  • Economic issues in universal broadband access; economics of interconnection and peering
  • Effects of market structure and regulations (e.g., network neutrality)
  • Economics of network security and privacy; valuation of personal data
  • Auctions with applications to networks: spectrum auctions, auction-based marketplaces for network and cloud resources
  • Incentive mechanisms for networks: peer-to-peer systems, clouds, wireless networks, spam prevention, security
  • Methods for engineering incentives and disincentives (e.g., reputation, trust, control, accountability, anonymity)
  • Empirical studies of strategic behavior (or the lack thereof) in existing, deployed systems
  • Design of incentive-aware network architectures and protocols
  • Game-theoretic models and techniques for network economics: large games, learning, mechanism design, interaction of game theory and information theory or queuing theory, information exchange, diffusion, dynamics of cooperation and network formation, trades in social and economic networks
  • Algorithmic mechanism design for network systems
  • Critiques of existing models and solution concepts, as well as proposals of better models and solution concepts
  • Studies of open collaboration, peer production, crowdsourcing, and human computation.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday April 22, 2015, 11:59pm PST: Submission deadline (firm)
  • Wednesday May 13, 2015: Notification to authors
  • Monday June 8, 2015: Final version for the workshop's website due
  • Monday June 15, 2015: Workshop in Portland
  • Monday July 13, 2015: Final version for the ACM PER proceedings due