Theory and Applications

  • Josep Domingo-Ferrer
  • David Sánchez

Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 110)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Theory of Co-utility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Josep Domingo-Ferrer, David Sánchez, Jordi Soria-Comas
      Pages 3-15
    3. Josep Domingo-Ferrer, Oriol Farràs, David Sánchez
      Pages 17-32
  3. Applications of Co-utility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Josep Domingo-Ferrer, Sergio Martínez, David Sánchez, Jordi Soria-Comas
      Pages 51-70
    3. Josep Domingo-Ferrer
      Pages 71-85
    4. David Megías, Josep Domingo-Ferrer
      Pages 87-116
    5. David Sánchez, Sergio Martínez, Josep Domingo-Ferrer
      Pages 117-138
    6. Jordi Soria-Comas, Josep Domingo-Ferrer
      Pages 139-151
    7. Enrique Estellés-Arolas
      Pages 189-200
    8. Abeba Nigussie Turi, Josep Domingo-Ferrer, David Sánchez
      Pages 201-216

About this book


This book explores the theoretical foundations of co-utility as well as its application to a number of areas, including distributed reputation management, anonymous keyword search, collaborative data anonymization, digital oblivion, peer-to-peer (P2P) content distribution, ridesharing for sustainable mobility, environmental economy, business model design and the collaborative economy. It evolved from presentations at the 1st Co-Utility Workshop, "held in Tarragona, Spain, on March 10–11, 2016."
How can we guarantee that a global society without a common legal framework operates smoothly? If generosity, honesty and helpfulness do not arise spontaneously, one approach would be to design transactions so that helping others remains the best rational option.
This is precisely the goal of co-utility, which can be defined in game-theoretic terms as any interaction between peers in which the best option for a player to maximize her or his utility is to make sure the other players also enjoy a fair share of utility (for example, functionality, security or privacy).
Therefore, a protocol or mechanism designed using the co-utility principle ensures that helping others is the best rational option, even if players are selfish.


Co-utility Workshop Game Theory Collaborative Economy Co-utility Theory Environmental Economy Smart Mobility

Editors and affiliations

  • Josep Domingo-Ferrer
    • 1
  • David Sánchez
    • 2
  1. 1.UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy, Department of Computer Science and MathematicsUniversitat Rovira i VirgiliTarragona, CataloniaSpain
  2. 2.UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy, Department of Computer Science and MathematicsUniversitat Rovira i VirgiliTarragona, CataloniaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60233-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60234-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-4182
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-4190
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