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The paper "Designing Future Networks: The Investigation of Socio-economic Awareness by the Tussle Analysis” by Patrick Poullie, Corinna Schmitt, Burkhard Stiller has been accepted for publication at the 2015 IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking (CSCN’15) Conference in Tokyo, Japan on October 28, 2015. The paper presents the Tussle Analysis, which is standardized in ITU-T Recommendation Y.3013 “Socio-economic Assessment of Future Networks by Tussle Analysis”. The driving force behind the development of this recommendation was UZH. The Tussle Analysis is the first tool to develop Internet technology and standards to account for socio-economic factors.
The Internet enables the interaction of stakeholders of virtually all commercial, industrial, and private sectors. Thereby, innumerable conflicting socio-economic interests collide through the Internet. Since self-interested stakeholders will try enforcing their interests through technological, economical, or judicial means, the Internet technology and related standards must not only be focused on technical engineering goals, but also need to ensure a fair playing field for all stakeholders. This necessity to consider socio-economic factors, when designing technology and standards, is slowly recognized by academia and standardization bodies and highlighted in this paper. The Tussle Analysis is presented as the first tool for assessing such a socioeconomic awareness of Internet technology and related standards. The Tussle Analysis was standardized in Study Group (SG) 13 of the ITU-T and published as Recommendation Y.3013 in 2014. Thus, methods to implement the Tussle Analysis’ three steps are presented and discussed throughout the paper.