Towards a User-Centric Internet Architecture

Mark Allman
White 411
4:00 - 5:00 pm
October 4, 2010

Traditionally the Internet's architecture has revolved around hosts as the principal object of concern. However, recent trends point to users gaining a larger and broader role in the way the Internet operates. In this talk we introduce several architectural concepts that we believe could be applied to the Internet to make the system more "user-centric" and move towards a model whereby the user is thought of as a first-class object in the Internet architecture. Specifically, we address bringing the user more closely into the process of authentication, allowing the user to control their own meta-information (e.g., namespaces) and allowing the user to negotiate how their traffic should be handled by the network.