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ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT) - Special Issue on Pricing and Incentives in Networks and Systems and Regular Papers, Volume 14 Issue 2-3, October 2014

Section: Special Issue on Pricing and Incentives in Networks and Systems

Special Issue on Pricing and Incentives in Networks and Systems: Guest Editors' Introduction
Costas Courcoubetis, Roch Guérin, Patrick Loiseau, David Parkes, Jean Walrand, Adam Wierman
Article No.: 8
DOI: 10.1145/2665064

Distributed Content Curation on the Web
Zeinab Abbassi, Nidhi Hegde, Laurent Massoulié
Article No.: 9
DOI: 10.1145/2663489

In recent years there has been an explosive growth of digital content in the form of news feeds, videos, and original content on online platforms such as blogs and social networks. Indeed, such platforms have been used as a means of sharing and...

Influence of Search Neutrality on the Economics of Advertisement-Financed Content
Pierre Coucheney, Giuseppe D'acquisto, Patrick Maillé, Maurizio Naldi, Bruno Tuffin
Article No.: 10
DOI: 10.1145/2663490

The search neutrality debate questions the ranking methods of search engines. We analyze the issue when content providers offer content for free, but get revenues from advertising. We investigate the noncooperative game among competing content...

Regulation of Off-Network Pricing in a Nonneutral Network
Eitan Altman, Manjesh Kumar Hanawal, Rajesh Sundaresan
Article No.: 11
DOI: 10.1145/2663491

Representatives of several Internet service providers (ISPs) have expressed their wish to see a substantial change in the pricing policies of the Internet. In particular, they would like to see content providers (CPs) pay for use of the network,...

Economic Viability of Paris Metro Pricing for Digital Services
Chi-Kin Chau, Qian Wang, Dah-Ming Chiu
Article No.: 12
DOI: 10.1145/2663492

Nowadays digital services, such as cloud computing and network access services, allow dynamic resource allocation and virtual resource isolation. This trend can create a new paradigm of flexible pricing schemes. A simple pricing scheme is to...

Adoption of Bundled Services with Network Externalities and Correlated Affinities
Roch Guérin, Jaudelice C. de Oliveira, Steven Weber
Article No.: 13
DOI: 10.1145/2663493

The goal of this article is to develop a principled understanding of when it is beneficial to bundle technologies or services whose value is heavily dependent on the size of their user base, that is, exhibits positive exernalities. Of interest is...

Understanding Quota Dynamics in Wireless Networks
Matthew Andrews, Glenn Bruns, Mustafa Doğru, Hyoseop Lee
Article No.: 14
DOI: 10.1145/2663494

In designing new service plans, network service providers need to understand how consumption of voice or data service will change in response to pricing signals. It is difficult to acquire such information from customer usage data because voice...

Demand-Invariant Price Relationships and Market Outcomes in Competitive Private Commons
Emir Kavurmacioglu, Murat Alanyali, David Starobinski
Article No.: 15
DOI: 10.1145/2663495

We introduce a private commons model that consists of network providers who serve a fixed primary demand and strategically price to improve their revenues from an additional secondary demand. For general forms of secondary demand, we...

Approximation Algorithms for Secondary Spectrum Auctions
Martin Hoefer, Thomas Kesselheim, Berthold Vöcking
Article No.: 16
DOI: 10.1145/2663496

We study combinatorial auctions for secondary spectrum markets, where short-term communication licenses are sold to wireless nodes. Channels can be assigned to multiple bidders according to interference constraints captured by a conflict graph. We...

Revenue Guarantees in the Generalized Second Price Auction
Ioannis Caragiannis, Christos Kaklamanis, Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Maria Kyropoulou
Article No.: 17
DOI: 10.1145/2663497

Sponsored search auctions are the main source of revenue for search engines. In such an auction, a set of utility maximizing advertisers competes for a set of ad slots. The assignment of advertisers to slots depends on the bids they submit; these...

Is the Price of Anarchy the Right Measure for Load-Balancing Games?
Josu Doncel, Urtzi Ayesta, Olivier Brun, Balakrishna Prabhu
Article No.: 18
DOI: 10.1145/2663498

Price of anarchy is an oft-used worst-case measure of the inefficiency of noncooperative decentralized architectures. For a noncooperative load-balancing game with two classes of servers and for a finite or infinite number of dispatchers, we show...

Secure Team Composition to Thwart Insider Threats and Cyber-Espionage
Aron Laszka, Benjamin Johnson, Pascal Schöttle, Jens Grossklags, Rainer Böhme
Article No.: 19
DOI: 10.1145/2663499

We develop a formal nondeterministic game model for secure team composition to counter cyber-espionage and to protect organizational secrets against an attacker who tries to sidestep technical security mechanisms by offering a bribe to a project...

Section: Regular Papers

Economic Model-Driven Cloud Service Composition
Zhen Ye, Athman Bouguettaya, Xiaofang Zhou
Article No.: 20
DOI: 10.1145/2651420

This article considers cloud service composition from a decision analysis perspective. Traditional QoS-aware composition techniques usually consider the qualities available at the time of the composition because compositions are usually...

Recommendation and Weaving of Reusable Mashup Model Patterns for Assisted Development
Soudip Roy Chowdhury, Florian Daniel, Fabio Casati
Article No.: 21
DOI: 10.1145/2663500

With this article, we give an answer to one of the open problems of mashup development that users may face when operating a model-driven mashup tool, namely the lack of modeling expertise. Although commonly considered simple applications,...