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Towards Regulating Electronic Communities with Contracts

Morciniec, Michal; Salle, Mathias; Monahan, Brian


Keyword(s): contract; electronic community; governance; e-commerce architecture

Abstract: We present work-in-progress towards a high-level e- commerce architecture for the electronic marketplace. We separate out the main components responsible for trading based on contractual relationships and trusted service delivery. In this setting, we view an enterprise as an autonomous entity that interacts with others according to their private utility function and a set of shared goals expressed as normative statements contained within contracts. The Governance component provides a regulated environment where the citizen's behaviour can be monitored and compared against agreed contracts. Regulatory mechanisms can be deployed by the Governance to maintain contractual integrity of transactions.

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