3rd International Workshop on Distributed Infrastructure for Common Good

7-11 November 2022, Quebec, Physical/Hybrid

Colocated with Middleware 2022

Update: The submission site is now open, please see https://dicg22.hotcrp.com.


The DICG22 workshop is co-located with ACM/IFIP Middleware 2022, which takes place on November 7-11, 2022 in Quebec (physical/hybrid).

This workshop is focussed on distributed infrastructures that enable human interactions and economic activity in general with a focus on the common good. Daily life is transitioning to digital infrastructures, including friendships, education, employment, health-care, finances, family connections, and more. These infrastructures can contribute to the common good enabling us to work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world.

Call for Papers

Private ownership of infrastructures does not seem to solve the traditional problems of Tragedy of Commons: pollution (spam and bot network on social media), over-exhaustion of resources (net neutrality), and fairness (gig economy). Privatization of digital commons also introduces the potential for monopolistic abuse, such as: stifled innovation, price discriminations, and distorted market knowledge discovery. We aim to explore within this workshop viable alternatives to 'winner-takes-all' platform ecosystems. Failure of market mechanisms to address these issues suggest that such infrastructures could be treated as commons. We recognize the promising avenue of research build on Nobel laureate Ostroms idea that commons is the third way to organize complex human cooperation, beyond capitalist regulation or governmental regulations.

Scientific challenges include, but are not limited to: the Tragedy of the Commons in such shared-resource systems, fake identities with Sybil attacks, robot economy, trustworthiness in general, self-organizing machine learning, market infrastructures in cashless society, and governance issues in decentralized systems.

This workshop focuses on the tools, frameworks, and algorithms to support the common good in a distributed environment. Both theoretical work and experimental approaches are welcomed. Reproducibility, open source and public datasets are endorsed. Each submission must clearly contribute to the middleware community, to facilitate the development of applications by providing higher-level abstractions for better programmability, performance, scalability, and security.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributed algorithms
  • Trust and reputation systems
  • Fault tolerance
  • Decentralized machine learning
  • Self-sovereign identity
  • Peer-to-peer networks
  • Solutions to tragedy of the commons
  • Decentralized markets, mechanism design
  • Incentives for participants
  • Fairness in market systems
  • Decentralized governance
  • Local-first Software
  • Collaborative Systems
Important Dates:

  • Paper submissions: August 31, 2022   September 7, 2022 (AOE)
  • Notification of acceptance: September 23, 2022     October 3, 2022 (AOE)
  • Camera ready version: October 3, 2022

Submission Guidelines:

Full papers can have a maximum length of 6 pages in the standard, 10pt ACM SIGPLAN format. The page limits include figures, tables, and references. All submitted papers will be judged through double-blind reviewing.

Please submit your manuscripts to https://dicg22.hotcrp.com.

Publication of Accepted Papers:

All accepted papers will appear in a Middleware 2022 companion proceedings, which will be available in the ACM Digital Library prior to the workshop. At least one of the authors will have to register for the workshop and present the paper.


General Co-chairs:

Organization Chairs:

Program Committee:

  • Dimitris Chatzopoulos (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Davide Grossi (University of Groningen, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Thomas Hardjono (MIT, United States)
  • Hans-Arno Jacobsen (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Mark Jelasity (University of Szeged, Hungary)
  • Erick Lavoie (University of Basel, Switzerland)
  • Dahlia Malkhi (Chainlink Labs)
  • Amir H. Payberah (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  • Rafael Pires (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Jan Rellermeyer (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
  • Robbert van Renesse (Cornell University, United States)
  • Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia University, United States)
  • Claudio Tessone (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Christian Tschudin (University of Basel, Switzerland)
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