Challenges for Social Control in Wireless Mobile Grids

  • Tina Balke
  • Torsten Eymann
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 25)


The evolution of mobile phones has lead to new wireless mobile grids that lack a central controlling instance and require the cooperation of autonomous entities that can voluntarily commit resources, forming a common pool which can be used in order to achieve common and/or individual goals. The social dilemma in such systems is that it is advantageous for rational users to access the common pool resources without any own commitment, since every commitment has its price (see ? for example). However, if a substantial number of users would follow this selfish strategy, the network itself would be at stake. Thus, the question arises on how cooperation can be fostered in wireless mobile grids. Whereas many papers have dealt with this question from a technical point of view, instead this paper will concentrate on a concept that has lately been discussed a lot with this regard: social control. Thereby social control concepts will be contrasted to technical approaches and resulting challenges (as well as possible solutions to these challenges) for social concepts will be discussed.


Wireless Grids Common Pool Dilemma Social Control Reputation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tina Balke
    • 1
  • Torsten Eymann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information Systems Management (BWL VII)University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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