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Self-Certifying Names for Named Data Networking

Athens University of Economics and Business

The University of Memphis

The project will allow us to perform extensive experiments to validate and evaluate our proposal for a new form of decentralized, self-sovereign, identification scheme applied to the Information-Centric Networking (ICN) paradigm. ICN’s goal is to enable fast and secure content dissemination by leveraging multicast, multipath, and caching, and by using novel trust mechanisms.

One predominant ICN architecture is the Named Data Networking (NDN). NDN, and many other similar architectures, use digital signatures to protect content integrity and authenticity. A digital certificate is used for binding the signing key with the content name. Using our naming scheme, content names become decentralized, owner-independent, and self-certifying, in the sense that a user can verify the authenticity and the integrity of a content item, by relying only on the content name and the content item itself, removing the need for trust anchors, or any other middlemen.

The experiments will be undertaken over the NDN testbed and other specialized experimental infrastructure. The project is a collaboration between The University of Memphis ( in the USA and the Mobile Multimedia Laboratory ( at the Athens University of Economics and Business, in Greece, on the EU side. The partners have extensive expertise and contributions to ICN.

The 30-months project will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by providing cascade funding to EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments in collaboration with US research teams.

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