The Sharing-Mart System: Digital content sharing, online auctions, and incentives

Christopher Leberknight, Ranjan Pal, Mung Chiang, H. Vincent Poor

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Abstract

This paper introduces Sharing-Mart (S-Mart), an online digital trading platform developed at Princeton University to perform social file sharing experiments on top of technological networks as overlays. It describes the S-Mart system, the experiments conducted, and incentivization aspects which can be investigated using S-Mart. In the first part of the paper, the S-Mart system and the experiments conducted are explained, and the economic behaviors and dynamics of package auctions run on S-Mart are described. The major experimental observation that stands out here is that Internet users are less incentivized to share content on competitive applications, whose success depends on the co-operation of other users in the system. To alleviate incentivization issues in these applications, in the second part of the paper a mathematical framework is proposed that derives user population threshold values, which hint at the necessity of a certain base population strength in S-Mart for co-operation to take place amongst all the users. An outline of two experiments to validate the theory is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGame Theory for Networks - Second International ICST Conference, GAMENETS 2011, Revised Selected Papers
Pages153-168
Number of pages16
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 31 2012
Event2nd International ICST Conference on Game Theory in Networks, GAMENETS 2011 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Apr 16 2011Apr 18 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume75 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Other

Other2nd International ICST Conference on Game Theory in Networks, GAMENETS 2011
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period4/16/114/18/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Auctions
  • Incentives
  • Sharing-Mart

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    Leberknight, C., Pal, R., Chiang, M., & Poor, H. V. (2012). The Sharing-Mart System: Digital content sharing, online auctions, and incentives. In Game Theory for Networks - Second International ICST Conference, GAMENETS 2011, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 153-168). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 75 LNICST). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30373-9_11