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Information, Volume 10, Issue 12 (December 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The agent-based approach is a well-established methodology to model distributed intelligent [...] Read more. The agent-based approach is a well-established methodology to model distributed intelligent systems. Multi-agent systems (MAS) are boosting applications dealing with safety and information-critical tasks. Therefore, the transparency and trustworthiness of the agents must be enforced. Employing reputation-based mechanisms helps to promote trust in the system. Nevertheless, to fully guarantee MAS with desired accountability and transparency are objectives that are still unmet. This paper elaborates on the notions of trust, the integration of blockchain technologies (BCT) and MAS, and discusses the ethical implications. In particular, we leverage MAS (based on the Java Agent DEvelopment Framework—JADE) and BCT (based on Hyperledger Fabric), tightly coupled to handle interactions, reputation computation, monitoring, and disagreement-management policies. View this paper.