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Information-Centric Networking

February 16, 2015

According to some experts, the internet would be more efficient if data was labeled by its content rather than its location on a server.



Reinventing the Internet. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

The Internet grew from the Defense Department’s ARPANET, a system to allow large computers to share data identified by its location. But today, the Internet connects everyone, and researchers say it could be more efficient and secure if each chunk of content could be labeled with what it actually is, who made it, and who gets to see it, rather than its location on a server. The idea is called Information Centric Networking, and Glenn Edens, Vice President of Networking at Palo Alto Research Center says it’s based on giving information content-rich names.

GLENN EDENS (Palo Alto Research Center):

For things like movies, and telemetry and an “Internet of Things” network, these names can start to become very powerful organizing principles.


In addition, each chunk of information would have its own built in security measures, which Edens says would greatly reduce most kinds of cyber-attacks. I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society.