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Incentive-Driven Federated Learning and Associated Security Challenges: A Systematic Review
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  • Asad Ali ,
  • Inaam Ilahi ,
  • Adnan Qayyum ,
  • Ihab Mohammed ,
  • Ala Al-Fuqaha ,
  • Junaid Qadir
Inaam Ilahi
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Adnan Qayyum
Information Technology University of the Punjab

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Ihab Mohammed
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Ala Al-Fuqaha
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Junaid Qadir
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In response to various privacy risks, researchers and practitioners have been exploring different paradigms that can leverage the increased computational capabilities of consumer devices to train machine (ML) learning models in a distributed fashion without requiring the uploading of the training data from individual devices to central facilities. For this purpose, federated learning (FL) was proposed as a technique that can learn a global machine model at a central master node by the aggregation of models trained locally using private data. However, organizations may be reluctant to train models locally and to share these local ML models due to required computational resources for model training at their end and due to privacy risks that may result from adversaries inverting these models to infer information about the private training data. Incentive mechanisms have been proposed to motivate end users to participate in collaborative training of ML models (using their local data) in return for certain rewards. However, the design of an optimal incentive mechanism for FL is challenging due to its distributed nature and the fact that the central server has no access to clients’ hyperparameters information and the amount/quality data used for training, which makes the task of determining the reward based on the contribution of individual clients in FL environment difficult. Even though several incentive mechanisms have been proposed for FL, a thorough up-to-date systematic review is missing and this paper fills this gap. According to the best of our knowledge, this paper is the first systematic review that comprehensively enlists the design principles required for implementing these incentive mechanisms and then categorizes various incentive mechanisms according to their design principles. In addition, we also provide a comprehensive overview of security challenges associated with incentive-driven FL. Finally, we highlight the limitations and pitfalls of these incentive schemes and elaborate upon open-research issues that required further research attention.