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The informatics group led by Zhiming Zhao from the Systems and Networking Lab, will contribute to this project that aims to simplify the creation of open and agile social media ecosystems with trusted participation ensured using blockchain technologies.

Zhiming Zhao

ARTICONF (smART SocIal media eCOsytstems in a blockchaiN Federated environment), an EU H2020 project will last 3 years and the UvA will receive €637K from the total budget of €4.2M.
‘Our contribution will be software defined infrastructure for dynamic social network based Eco-systems’, says Zhao.


Social media platforms

Social media platforms are key technologies for next-generation connectivity. Social media platforms have the potential to shape and mobilise new patterns of communication, practices of exchange for business, creative arts and learning, and knowledge acquisition. However, current centralised social media platforms controlled by individual proprietary organisations raise critical issues of trust and governance over content created and propagated on those platforms. ARTICONF addresses issues of trust, time-criticality and democratisation for a new generation of federated infrastructure to fulfil the promises of privacy, robustness, and autonomy that proprietary social media platforms have so far failed to deliver. 


The UvA team will exploit the Dynamic Real-time Infrastructure planner (DRIP) system they developed in the recently completed EU H2020 SWITCH project build a blockchain-enhanced programmable infrastructure solution for federated social media platforms. The solution will elastically autoscale time-critical social media applications through an adaptive orchestrated Cloud/Edge-based infrastructure meeting application runtime requirements from various industrial use-cases.


The ARTICONF will be coordinated by University Klagenfurt, Austria. The consortium consists of 8 partners, with half academic (University of Klagenburt, University of Amsterdam, University of Edinburgh and University of Macedonia) and half industrial members (SMEs from Portugal, UK, Norway and Spain).