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iTrust: Working Group on Trust Management in Dynamic Open Systems


Merely having a certified identity in a dynamic and open environment is not enough for informed decisions on access restrictions and controls, selection among potential candidates for interaction, and even less adequate for reasoning about the expected performance and dependability of entities for which no prior knowledge is available. The aim of the iTrust Working Group is to provide a forum for cross-disciplinary investigation of the application of trust as a means of establishing confidence in the global computing infrastructure, recognizing trust as a crucial enabler for meaningfull and mutually beneficial interactions. iTrust will strive to integrate perspectives of trust from the social sciences, philosophy and law with trust-related research in formal reasoning frameworks, security technologies, and distributed software systems. iTrust will seek to establish synergies with ongoing RTD activities.

- To facilitate the cross-disciplinary investigation of fundamental issues underpinning computational trust models by bringing together expertise from technology oriented sciences, law, philosophy and social sciences; - To facilitate the emergence of a widely acceptable trust management process for dynamic open systems; - To facilitate the development of new paradigms in the area of dynamic open systems which effectively utilise computational trust models; - To facilitate the harmonisation of regulatory and legislative frameworks and facilitate their evolution so as to support the fast take-up of the emerging technologies in the area of dynamic open systems; - To incorporate trust management elements in existing standards and prepare the ground for the standardisation of emerging technologies by submitting recommendations to the appropriate standardisation bodies.

The iTrust Working Group (WG) is to organize a series of workshops to give its partners the opportunity to present to each other their ongoing research efforts in the area of trust management, and to allow them to benefit from each other's experience and expertise. These workshops constitute the project's major milestones. Moreover, the iTrust WG will support brief exchanges (up to two weeks) between its members, so as to foster a collaborative environment and set the basis for further larger-scale activities in the target research area. The iTrust WG's timeline is divided into 6-month slots, with a workshop scheduled to take place within each slot. Three internal and three public workshops are scheduled, each with a duration of 3 days. The internal workshops will be restricted to participants from the iTrust WG, with an average of 15-20 attendees. The public workshops are expected to have 30-40 attendees, and will include internationally renowned invited speakers. For the public workshops, the iTrust WG will solicit submissions from the research community through open calls. All workshops will include discussions and briefings on current technology and standardization developments, so as to keep the iTrust WG consortium up-to-date. Each workshop, whether internal or public, is to combine sessions on disciplinary-specific sessions, and plenary sessions with particular emphasis on trust modelling, trust-based decision-making, relationship management, and trust management frameworks. The topics are to be discussed and subjected to multidisciplinary questioning and criticism. The ongoing activities of the iTrust partners cover all these aspects, and expect to attract invited speakers that can provide valuable input and alternative perspectives.

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