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The Impact of Free-Riding on Peer-to-Peer Networks

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Krishnan, Ramayya; Smith, Michael D.; Tang, Zhulei
Conference: 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Location: Hawaii
Conf. Date: January 5-8
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8019
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): information commons
free riding
Abstract: "Peer-to-Peer networking is gaining popularity as a architecture for sharing information goods and other computing resources. However, these networks suffer from a high level of free-riding, whereby some users consume network resources without providing any network resources. The high Levels of free-riding observed by several recent studies have led some to suggest the imminent collapse of these communities as a viable information sharing mechanism. Our research develops analytic models to analyze the behavior of P2P networks in the presence of free-riding. In contrast to previous predictions, we find that P2P networks can operate effectively in the presence of significant free-riding. However, we also show that without external incentives, the level of free-riding in P2P networks will be higher than socially optimal. Our research also explores the implications of these findings for entrepreneurs, network designers, and copyright holders."

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