An Interview with Project Coordinator Prof. Radu Prodan. As the ARTICONF project grant ends this summer in June 2022, we discussed with the project coordinator Radu Prodan about the learnings and outcomes of the project. In January 2019, a group of computer scientists, technologists and sociologists comprising four European academic universities, one SME and three […]

Introduction Cloud environments provide elastic and on-demand resources for customising data storage, processing, and communication, playing an increasingly important role in developing applications [1]. Emerging cloud applications like decentralised applications (DApps) are increasing. However, because of the inherent dynamism of clouds, performance anomalies of cloud applications, such as degraded response time, severely affect the quality […]

The ARTICONF project sets up several joint communication and exploitation activities to maximise the reach and engagement of identified stakeholders. The ARTICONF Datathon, which took place on April 21st 2022, is one of those joint exploitation activities.  This Datathon, part of a holistic approach that seeks to maximise open access knowledge sharing from project partners […]

This text summarises an article we submitted to a journal and is currently under review. Introduction Blockchain technology has been heralded as revolutionary in improving efficiency, transparency and sustainability. It promises new forms of large-scale coordination in settings where actors do not trust each other. This post analyses bitcoin and ethereum, the most popular blockchain […]

Blockchain Blockchain is an innovation for creating distributed trust between users and facilitating value exchange over a network, also seen as a decentralised append-only database operated collectively by participants in the network. Participants can be from different organisations that provide computing infrastructure to maintain a single version of a decentralised ledger. The blockchain protocol allows […]

A social network is an umbrella term encompassing all the web-based applications that let individuals generate content and foster active collaboration, participation and exchange of information [1]. Indeed, the effective use of these collaboration tools has become essential to business success [2]. Social media governance and privacy concerns One drawback of these social platforms is […]

Blockchain to improve security in car-sharing apps

Millennials’ approach to new services has affected many industries, continuously expanding technological development efforts. Among the services that have gained popularity are transit-oriented mobile apps, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated and offering more ways for users to plan, request, share, and pay for a wide variety of transit options. For instance, comfort, flexibility, and aversion […]

Countering Fake News with Knowledge

Information on Misinformation, Disinformation, and Malinformation As news quickly propagates through the different online social media platforms without facing many barriers, fake news leads to an uninformed society. The notion of fake news is not novel, but social networks’ easy spreading makes them more potent nowadays than ever before. Additionally, fake news can either be […]

Trust challenges in social media  Social media platforms gained prominence as an essential technology for connecting people. Social media are centralised platforms that allow individuals to create, publish, and share content across an interconnected network. Additionally, social media are popular media for sharing information and news all over the world. Easy and quick information proliferation […]

CONF contributions to the traditional cloud industry “At the heart of the cloud strategy is a cloud-first approach with a secure, hybrid, multi-cloud service offering.” European Commission Cloud Strategy (source) Our last blog post discussed preliminary ideas of building a more open, fair, and trustworthy decentralised cloud marketplace for all service providers and customers. In […]