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A Reputation-based Framework for Honest Provenance Reporting

Barakat, Lina and Taylor, Phillip and Griffiths, Nathan and Miles, Simon (2021) 'A Reputation-based Framework for Honest Provenance Reporting.' ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. ISSN 1533-5399 (In Press)

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Given the distributed, heterogenous, and dynamic nature of service-based IoT systems, capturing circumstances data underlying service provisions becomes increasingly important for understanding process flow and tracing how outputs came about, thus enabling clients to make more informed decisions regarding future interaction partners. Whilst service providers are the main source of such circumstances data, they may often be reluctant to release it, e.g. due to the cost and effort required, or to protect their interests. In response, this paper introduces a reputation-based framework, guided by intelligent software agents, to support the sharing of truthful circumstances information by providers. In this framework, assessor agents, acting on behalf of clients, rank and select service providers according to reputation, while provider agents, acting on behalf of service providers, learn from the environment and adjust provider’s circumstances provision policies in the direction that increases provider profit with respect to perceived reputation. The novelty of the reputation assessment model adopted by assessor agents lies in affecting provider reputation scores by whether or not they reveal truthful circumstances data underlying their service provisions, in addition to other factors commonly adopted by existing reputation schemes. The effectiveness of the proposed framework is demonstrated through an agent-based simulation including robustness against a number of attacks, with a comparative performance analysis against FIRE as a baseline reputation model.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reputation,; Circumstances; Honest Reporting; Provenance
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2022 10:18
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:52

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