Law-governed internet communities

Xuhui Ao, Naftaly Minsky, Thu D. Nguyen, Victoria Ungureanu

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We consider the problem of coordination and control of large heterogeneous groups of agents distributed over the Internet in the context of Law-Governed Interaction (LGI) [2,5]. LGI is a mode of interaction that allows a group of distributed heterogeneous agents to interact with each other with confidence that an explicitly specified policy, called the law of the group, is complied with by everyone in the group. The originalLGI model[5] supported only explicit groups, whose membership is maintained and controlled by a central server. Such a central server is necessary for applications that require each member of the group to know about the membership of the entire group. However, in the case where members do not need to know the membership of the entire group, such a centralserv er can become an unnecessary performance bottleneck, as group size increases, as well as a single point of failure. In this paper, we present an extension to LGI allowing it to support implicit groups, also called communities, which require no centralcon trol of any kind, and whose membership does not have to be regulated, and might not be completely known to anybody.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoordination Languages and Models
Subtitle of host publication4th International Conference, COORDINATION 2000, Proceedings
EditorsAntónio Porto, Gruia-Catalin Roman
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783540410201
StatePublished - 2000
Event4th International Conference on Coordination Languages and Models, COORDINATION 2000 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: Sep 11 2000Sep 13 2000

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other4th International Conference on Coordination Languages and Models, COORDINATION 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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