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ACM SIGCOMM 2022 Joint Workshops on “Technologies, Applications, and Uses of a Responsible Internet” and “Building Greener Internet” (TAURIN + BGI)

Call for Papers

Most societies have come to depend on digital services to support the needs and wellbeing of their citizens, to maintain a thriving economy, and generally improve and facilitate the internal workings of society. 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 technical solution to tackle some of these challenges 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. In the original proposal, this is accomplished 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. Within this framework, three overarching research directions can be identified: how to monitor and intelligibly interpret network activities (eg. by means of various metrics or measurement methods), how to control and meaningfully regulate them (eg. by means of policies of different level of abstraction), how to construct, support, and maintain adequate interfaces with relevant stakeholders, all in considering the decentralized nature of the Internet.

We invite papers to advance the concept of a Responsible Internet for the technical session. We encourage the submission of work-in-progress papers that will benefit from the interactive nature of TAURIN, as well as extended abstracts. 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).

Call for Discussion

Technological impact raises several concerns: it is argued that the growth of digital infrastructure may cause more harm to the environment than it can save elsewhere, globalized economic aggregation enabled by technology may hinder societal sustainability, bringing to consolidation and obfuscation of critical dependency paths, and possibly introducing new forms of exploitation.

This year the workshop will also host a joint discussion session dedicated to “building a greener internet” (BGI), open to non-technical contributions from practitioners, researchers, policy-makers. We invite prospective participants of the BGI discussion session to submit a letter of interest (not to be published) to chrbecker01@protonmail.com. This session will complement technical results by considering societal dimensions (e.g., business or governance implications).

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, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10922-020-09564-7

Topics of interest for the technical session 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, or related dimensions (inspectionability, explainability, responsibility, usability, programmability, sustainability, etc.)
  • 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
  • Extending lifetime of cyber-physical systems using SDN and NFV technology
  • Data and control plane-programmable inter-domain networks
  • Policy specification languages and operationalization methods
  • Reducing power requirements of network devices through path- and and power-aware networking and protocol design

Submission Instructions

There are two types of submissions, which invite researchers, governmental and industrial practitioners to participate

  • For technical research contributions, 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. Extended abstracts should have at least 1000 words (excluding references). 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.
  • A letter of interest to be sent to chrbecker01@protonmail.com to participate in the BGI discussion session, describing interest, experience, and ideas on the discussion theme (maximum 500 words).

Please submit your paper via https://taurin2022.hotcrp.com.

Publication

Papers accepted by the TAURIN workshop will be published in the conference proceedings published by ACM SIGCOMM.

Important Dates

  • April 29, 2022 May 25, 2022

    Submission deadline

  • June 17, 2022

    Acceptance notification

  • July 1, 2022

    Camera-ready deadline

  • August 22 or August 26, 2022

    Workshop day

Organizers

  • Program Chairs
  • Abhishta Abhishta

    University of Twente

  • Giovanni Sileno

    University of Amsterdam

  • Christoph Becker

    University of Amsterdam

  • Niels ten Oever

    University of Amsterdam

  • Emile Aben

    RIPE NCC

  • Vesna Manojlovic

    RIPE NCC

  • Program Committee
  • Rudolf van der Berg

    Stratix and VNG

  • Marijke Kaat

    Surf

  • Georgios Smaragdakis

    TU Delft

  • Georg Carle

    TU Munich

  • Chrysa Papagianni

    University of Amsterdam

  • TAURIN Steering Committee
  • Cristian Hesselman

    SIDN Labs and University of Twente

  • Ralph Holz

    University of Twente

  • Paola Grosso

    University of Amsterdam