Future networks including mobile and NGN convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 4 to 15. University of Zurich (UZH), coordinator of SESERV and editor of the draft Recommendation Y.FNsocioeconomic in Question 21 (Future Networks) has made a contribution to the further development of Y.FNsocioeconomic. Y.FNsocioeconomic is about the socio-economic aware design of Future Network technology. At its heart, Y.FNsocioeconomic presents tussle analysis as a meta-method to anticipate a technology's impact already at technology design time. Tussle analysis consists of three steps:
After that the opening of the new Recommendation Y.FNsocioeconomic had been decided in October 2011, and after that the document structure and baseline text for multiple sections had been discussed and approved in February 2012, the submitted contribution for this meeting proposed content for those clauses in Y.FNsocioeconomic that were empty so far, plus a new appendix.
The proposed content addressed three sections in Y.FNsocioeconomic. These three sections make recommendations for suited methods to implement steps 1 to 3 of the tussle analysis methodology. Section 9 recommends methods to implement step 1, the identification of stakeholders. Section 10 recommends methods to implement step 2, the identification of tussles among identified stakeholders. Section 11 recommends methods to implement step 3, which is about determining the anticipated impact and evolution of identified tussles. In addition to content proposed for sections 9 to 11, the contribution proposed a new appendix (appendix II) in order to complement contents of clause 9 by a descriptive outline of stakeholder roles for the case of future Internet technology.
The above figure, thus, outlines the resulting structure of Y.FNsocioeconomic - highlighting the respective sections that introduce the tussle concept, present tussle analysis as the relevant meta-method, and the newly addressed three sections that make recommendations on suited methods to implement steps 1 to 3 of the tussle analysis meta-method. The proposed section contents were discussed in Question 21, and accepted in the Question as well as in the plenary meeting of SG13. This is a key step towards the finalization of Y.FNsocioeconomic. For the first time, all sections are filled with content so that the document's nature and the specific recommendations made become available in full detail. This achievement comes at the right time as the ongoing Study Period will end by 2012. Next steps in developing Y.FNsocioeconomic will happen in the upcoming Study Period, and they will focus on making the draft Recommendation ready for finalization.