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    "Economics of Peer-to-Peer Networks" Minitrack

      Americas Conference on Information Systems
                    (AMCIS 2005)
         August 11-15, Omaha, Nebraska, USA


This minitrack focuses on the analysis of the potential, challenges,
recent developments, and current research issues pertaining to the
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) paradigm. In this context, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) refers
to a network of equals (peers), where by design two or more peers are
able to collaborate spontaneously or share resources without necessarily
needing central coordination.

The minitrack is interdisciplinary by nature. We invite contributions
from a broad spectrum of disciplines including economics, information
systems, information management, and computer sciences. We would also
like to involve practitioners whose experiences with business
applications of P2P could certainly enrich the discussions. The
minitrack focuses on but is not limited to the following topics:

- Economic analysis of P2P networks
- Network externalities and scale economies
- Public goods and club formation
- Payment and currency systems
- P2P business models; P2P electronic business strategies
- Designing P2P information systems: system architectures, products,
   digital rights management
- Security and trust: identity management, authentication,
   accountability, reputation, reliability and attack resistance
- Coping with uncertainty: availability of resources and content
- Adoption, integration and utilization of P2P systems by individuals
   and organizations including user behavior and system performance
- Incorporating economic incentives into the design of P2P networks
- Policy and societal issues that need to be addressed and recognized as
   part of the adoption of P2P networking
- Knowledge sharing and communication in global, distributed networks of
   humans and computers including incentives and disincentives for
   sharing resources
- Management of resources and applications in a globally distributed
- Experiences with real-world implementations in various domains
- New theories of organizing and coordination in P2P environments
- The intersection of P2P, Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing: Working and
   living environments embedded with computing devices in a seamless,
   invisible way esp. for spontaneous interaction and machine-to-machine

For more information:


Paper submission deadline: March 1, 2005
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2005


Submit abstracts via email to Kai Fischbach ([log in to unmask])
by February 1, 2005. This is an important step to ensure that you have
submitted your paper to the correct mini-track. Final papers will be
submitted via the AIS Review System, deadline is March 1, 2005. See the
conference website for details:


Kai Fischbach (primary contact)
Department of Information Systems and Information Management
University of Cologne
Pohligstr. 1, 50969 Cologne, Germany
Phone: +49 (221) 4705394
Fax: +49 (221) 4705393
Email: [log in to unmask]

Detlef Schoder
Department of Information Systems and Information Management
University of Cologne
Pohligstr. 1, 50969 Cologne, Germany
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Michael D. Smith
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
Carnegie Mellon University
4800 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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