From Intentional to Enacted Values in a Future Internet Architecture: Values in the Next Phase of Named Data Networking Research

From Intentional to Enacted Values in a Future Internet Architecture: Values in the Next Phase of Named Data Networking Research

Named Data Networking (NDN) aims to redesign the architecture of the Internet, producing not only technical advances, but social impacts on privacy, intellectual property, law enforcement, governance, and political economy. By considering potential social impacts engendered by the NDN architecture while it is still in development, we hope to shape an Internet that not only works more efficiently and provides increased reliability and trustworthiness in communication, but also fundamentally supports privacy, democracy, and equity of information access. This proposal explores a cooperative research approach, in which Values in Design (ViD) research performed in collaboration with the NDN team will: Bring social, cultural, and economic considerations to light for network architecture researchers, and Directly inform applications research with a broader set of ideas on naming, trust, congestion management, and values-based evaluation metrics. The NDN project provides an opportunity to empirically explore the distinction between values intended in the core architecture and values enacted in implementation and applications while impacting the outcomes of future internet research. Our research questions are: 1. How will the NDN application choices reaffirm or reshape values in the NDN architecture? 2. How do values embedded in architecture become enacted in application design and use? 3. What social issues are bound up in NDN technical problems? 4. How can values-in-design perspectives help solve these technical problems? 5. What interventions and strategies encourage values conversations within the technical work of infrastructure design? The proposed research will answer these five research questions with a three-year embedded action research program using qualitative methods and targeted technical interventions. Joint research on four technical challenges – naming, trust management, congestion management, and evaluation metrics – will enable ViD perspectives to directly influence new technical innovation.

Duration: 
October 2014 - September 2018
Funder: 
National Science Foundation
Total Award Amount: 
$272,922

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