Quotation Kampik, Timotheus, Mansour, Adnane, Boissier, Olivier, Kirrane, Sabrina, Padget, Julian, Payne, Terry R., Singh, Munindar P., Tamma, Valentina, Zimmermann, Antoine. 2022. Governance of Autonomous Agents on the Web: Challenges and Opportunities. ACM Transactions on Internet Technology.




The study of autonomous agents has a long tradition in the Multiagent System and the Semantic Web communities, with applications ranging from automating business processes to personal assistants. More recently, the Web of Things (WoT), which is an extension of the Internet of Things (IoT) with metadata expressed in Web standards, and its community provide further motivation for pushing the autonomous agents research agenda forward. Although representing and reasoning about norms, policies and preferences is crucial to ensuring that autonomous agents act in a manner that satisfies stakeholder requirements, normative concepts, policies and preferences have yet to be considered as first-class abstractions in Web-based multiagent systems. Towards this end, this paper motivates the need for alignment and joint research across the Multiagent Systems, Semantic Web, and WoT communities, introduces a conceptual framework for governance of autonomous agents on the Web, and identifies several research challenges and opportunities.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal ACM Transactions on Internet Technology
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Governance of Autonomous Agents on the Web: Challenges and Opportunities
Year 2022
Reviewed? Y
URL https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3507910
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3507910
Open Access N


Kirrane, Sabrina (Details)
Boissier, Olivier (Mines Saint-Étienne, France)
Kampik, Timotheus (Umeå University, Sweden)
Mansour, Adnane (Mines Saint-Étienne, France)
Padget, Julian (University of Bath, United Kingdom)
Payne, Terry R. (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Singh, Munindar P. (North Carolina State University, United States/USA)
Tamma, Valentina (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Zimmermann, Antoine (Mines Saint-Étienne, France)
Institute for Information Systems and New Media IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1108 Informatics (Details)
1109 Information and data processing (Details)
1122 Artificial intelligence (Details)
1138 Information systems (Details)
1146 Management information systems (Details)
5255 Data security and data privacy (Details)
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