Decentralized governance of distributed systems via interaction control

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This paper introduces an abstract reference model, called interaction control (IC), for the governance of large and heterogeneous distributed systems. This model goes well beyond conventional access control, along a number of dimensions. In particular, the IC model has the following characteristics: (1) it is inherently decentralized, and thus scalable even for a wide range of stateful policies; (2) it is very general, and not biased toward any particular type of policies; thus providing a significant realization of the age-old principle of separation of policy from mechanism; and (3) it enables flexible, composition-free, interoperability between different policies. The IC model, which is an abstraction of a mechanism called law-governed interaction (LGI), has been designed as a minimalist reference model that can be reified into a whole family of potential control mechanisms that may support different types of communication, with different performance requirements and for different application domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLogic Programs, Norms and Action
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honor of Marek J. Sergot on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday
EditorsAlexander Artikis, Robert Craven, Nihan Kesim Cicekli, Babak Sadighi, Kostas Stathis
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7360 LNCS

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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