Governance of Autonomous Agents on the Web: Challenges and Opportunities

  title={Governance of Autonomous Agents on the Web: Challenges and Opportunities},
  author={Timotheus Kampik and Adnane Mansour and Olivier Boissier and S. Kirrane and J. Padget and Terry R. Payne and Munindar P. Singh and Valentina A. M. Tamma and Antoine Zimmermann},
  journal={ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT)},
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… 

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