DIMACS Workshop Economics, Game Theory, and the Internet

April 18-19 1997
DIMACS, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

Eric Friedman, Department of Economics, Rutgers University, friedman@fas-econ.rutgers.edu
Richard Mclean, Department of Economics, Rutgers University
Scott Shenker, Xerox PARC, shenker@parc.xerox.com

Organized by The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science and in cooperation with the Department of Economics at Rutgers University at New Brunswick.

Presented under the auspices of the Special Year on Networks.


The Internet poses many interesting challenges for theoretical economics and game theory. The highly asynchronous interactions and large degree of anonymity inherent in the Internet require that many traditional game theoretic notions of equilibrium, learning, and mechanism design, need to be re-examined in this context. New cost sharing issues (such as when receivers share multicast transmissions, or when flows share the use of a link) arise in network settings. Incentive issues must be considered when designing basic network algorithms and protocols. In addition, regulation of the Internet and other telecommunication networks raises other theoretical issues. This workshop will focus on identifying new areas of theoretical interest that arise out of the institutional and technical nature of the Internet and other communication networks. Our hope is that increasing our theoretical understanding of these issues will lead to new and useful ideas for designing and regulating the Internet.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

Invited speakers include:

Contributed talks:

If you would like to give a talk, please send a paper or extended abstract to Eric Friedman at the Department of Economics, Rutgers University, New Jersey Hall, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 by February 15, 1997. The workshop will be informal, and there are currently no plans to publish proceedings.


If you would like to attend, send a registration form to Pat Pravato by email (pravato@dimacs.rutgers.edu ) or regular mail at DIMACS, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 by March 15, 1997.

Funding/Graduate Student Support:

There may be a small amount of support available for people who do not have other sources of travel funds. Graduate students will have priority. Please let us know at the time of registration if you require support.

Other Information:

Information about lodging can be found at http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/general/accommodations.html. Those without WWW access can contact Pat Pravato at 908-445-5929 or pravato@dimacs.rutgers.edu. This workshop is part of DIMACS Special Year on Networks. Information about the Special Year on Networks can be found at DIMACS WWW site: http://dimacs.rutgers.edu or by contacting the center.
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