ACM SIGCOMM 2021, virtually (online)

ACM SIGCOMM 2021 Workshop on Technologies, Applications, and Uses of a Responsible Internet (TAURIN 2021)

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Workshop program

The agenda of the workshop will consist of two sessions with presentations (10 minutes for the talk + 10 minutes for discussion) on accepted papers followed by a discussion in two groups of workshop attendees. We have decided to structure the workshop to produce a report/manifest that covers the broad challenges discussed by the accepted papers. Each session/breakout group focuses on one of the two challenges. This will enable us to produce a lasting deliverable. Every attendee of the workshop is welcome to contribute and become a co-author on the manifest. The manifest will then be published in a special issue of the Journal of Network and Service Management (JNSM) [See:].

  • Monday, August 23, 2021 ET

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am ET         Opening + Keynote

  • 10:00 am - 10:15 am ET

    Opening Remarks

    Speakers: Workshop co-chairs

  • 10:15 am - 11:00 am ET

    Fostering a healthy and innovative Internet infrastructure ecosystem

    Speakers: Adrian Perrig (ETH Zurich)

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET         Session I: Design

  • Increasing the Transparency, Accountability and Controllability of multi-domain networks with the UPIN framework

    R. Bazo, L. Boldrini, C. Hesselman, P. Grosso

  • SIAM: A Global Distributed Secure Mapping of Network Addresses

    S. Sridhara, F. Wirz, J. de Ruiter, C. Schutijser, M. Legner, A. Perrig

  • Accounting Value Effects for Responsible Networking

    G. Sileno, P. Grosso

  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ET         Break

  • 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm ET         Session II: Measurements

  • Divesting in Socially (Ir)responsible Internet Service Providers

    E. Huff, A. Gember-Jacobson

  • On the Deployment of Default Routes in Inter-domain Routing

    N. Rodday, L. Kaltenbach, I. Cunha, R. Bush, E. Katz-Bassett, G. Dreo, T. Schmidt, M. Wählisch

  • 1:10 pm - 1:30 pm ET         Group Formation

  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET         Discuss Challenges

  • 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm ET         Break

  • 2:40 pm - 3:00 pm ET         Presentation of report/manifest

  • 3:00 pm - 3:10 pm ET         Closing

Call for Papers

Problem Addressed in This Workshop

In our modern societies, digital services support the needs and wellbeing of individuals and help maintain a thriving economy. However, there are growing concerns world-wide over the fact that very few economically powerful players have a disproportionate control over the key technologies and networks used to provide these services. The result is a widely observed decline in “digital sovereignty” in many societies and regions of the globe. This is particularly strongly felt in the context of emerging safety-critical services such as smart energy grids, self-organizing supply chains, or networked health services.

A proposed solution to tackle this decline in digital sovereignty is the notion of a Responsible Internet [1]. A Responsible Internet is to today’s Internet what Responsible AI is to today’s Artificial Intelligence: a set of design principles for the Internet’s network infrastructure that allow all stakeholders to rely on the Internet’s operation with a significantly higher degree of confidence and trust than is possible today.

A Responsible Internet accomplishes this by extending the original set of design goals of the Internet protocol suite with three new ones: controllability, accountability, and transparency. Controllability is the principle that allows relying parties to choose the chain of operators that they want to entrust with processing and forwarding their data communication. Accountability and transparency are design principles to provide verifiable insights into the Internet’s structure and operation to allow relying parties to make decisions on how they want their data flows to be handled.

Workshop Goals and Format

This 1st Workshop on Technology, Applications, and Uses of a Responsible Internet (TAURIN) will provide a forum to researchers to discuss ideas, concepts, technologies and designs that may lead us towards a Responsible Internet. The objective of this workshop is to advance the concept of a Responsible Internet and to start building a community around it. We therefore encourage work-in-progress papers that benefit from the interactive nature of TAURIN. Although the focus of TAURIN is technical, we also invite submissions that complement technical results by considering societal dimensions (e.g., business or governance implications).

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
  • Novel network designs that focus on controllability, accountability, or transparency
  • Methodologies to make transparency and accountability a reality
  • Applications that benefit from controllability, accountability, or transparency
  • Metrics and measurements to assess the present level of controllability, accountability, or transparency in networks
  • Mechanisms to balance transparency and security in network implementations
  • Interoperability of measurement systems
  • Dynamic path composition using path segments and VNFs
  • Data and control plane-programmable inter-domain networks

Further Reading

More on the design goals of a responsible Internet, its advantages for different types of users, and a possible way to realize these goals can be found in this paper:

[1] C. Hesselman, P. Grosso, R. Holz, F. Kuipers, J. Hui Xue, M. Jonker, J. de Ruiter, A. Sperotto, R. van Rijswijk-Deij, G. C. M. Moura, A. Pras, and C. de Laat, “A Responsible Internet to Increase Trust in the Digital World”, Invited paper, Journal of Network and Systems Management (JNSM), special issue on “Future of Network and Service Operations and Management: Trends, Developments, and Directions”, October 2020,

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another venue or a journal. We particularly solicit work-in-progress papers that benefit from the interactive nature of TAURIN. Submitted papers must be at most six (6) pages long, including all figures, tables, and appendices (but not counting references) in two-column 10pt ACM format. Papers must include author names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop.

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Papers accepted by the workshop will be published in the conference proceedings published by ACM SIGCOMM. Extended versions of accepted papers may be considered for fast-tracking to a special issue of the Journal of Network and Systems Management (confirmed). The decision will depend on the quality of the paper and its potential to spark lively discussion at TAURIN 2021. The final decision will be made by the co-chairs after the workshop.

Important Dates

  • May 21 May 31, 2021

    Submission deadline

  • June 21, 2021

    Acceptance notification

  • July 2, 2021

    Camera-ready deadline

  • August 23, 2021

    Workshop day


  • Organizing Committee
  • Cristian Hesselman

    SIDN Labs and University of Twente

  • Paola Grosso

    University of Amsterdam

  • Ralph Holz

    University of Twente

  • Janet Hui Xue

    Universität Duisburg-Essen and Wolfson College

  • Abhishta Abhishta

    University of Twente

  • Diego Perino


  • Anne Remke

    University of Münster

  • Workshop Co-Chairs
  • Ralph Holz

    University of Twente

  • Abhishta Abhishta

    University of Twente

  • Program Committee
  • Alberto Dainotti


  • Chrysa Papagianni

    University of Amsterdam

  • Cristian Hesselman

    SIDN Labs and University of Twente

  • Eelco Vriezekolk

    Dutch Telecoms Regulator

  • Elmer Lastdrager

    SIDN Labs

  • Georgios Smaragdakis

    TU Berlin

  • Giovane Moura

    SIDN Labs

  • Ilya Baldin


  • Joel Sommers

    Colgate University

  • Joeri de Ruiter

    SIDN Labs

  • Jonghoon Kwon

    ETH Zürich

  • Justyna Chromic

    Applied Risk

  • Kyle Schomp


  • Lexi Brent


  • Maciej Korczynski

    Grenoble Institute of Technology

  • Marian Kiran


  • Matteo Varvello

    Bell Labs, Nokia

  • Mattijs Jonker

    University of Twente

  • Nathan Evans

    University of Denver

  • Nicolas Kourtellis


  • Nikolaos Laoutaris


  • Oliver Gasser

    Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik

  • Pawel Szalachowski


  • Poul Heegaard

    NTU Trondheim

  • Ramin Sadre

    Université catholique de Louvain

  • Rémi Badonnel

    University of Lorraine

  • Yanja Dajsuren

    TU Eindhoven

  • Yatish Kumar


  • Zubair Shafiq

    UC Davis