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Inspired by: FP7 » Publish-subscribe Internet routing paradigm

version: 4 / updated: 2011-01-19
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Originally submitted by: Martin Fatun
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 3 - ICT - Information & communication technologies

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Pervasive and trusted network and service infrastructure

Optional reference/s to FP7 project/s

Use the following format: Project Acronym (Project Reference No.). Use commas if more than one project is associated to this Wild Card, for example: ALFA-BIRD (213266), SAFAR (213374), LAPCAT-II (211485)
PSIRP (216173)

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Publish-subscribe Internet routing paradigm

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Despite its success, the Internet suffers from several shortcomings, forcing a fundamental reform of its paradigms and core technologies. A major flaw in the design of the Internet is its imbalance of powers in the favour of the sender of information. The network accepts anything that the sender wants to send and will make a best effort to deliver it to the receiver. This has led into increasing problems with spam mail and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, forcing companies and users to conceal their E-mail addresses and place their systems behind firewalls.The publish/subscribe paradigm (pub/sub) has been proposed as a remedy to these problems. Senders publish what they want to send and the receivers subscribe to the publications that they want to receive. Already a large share of the use of the Internet is essentially pub/sub. We need a new Internet architecture, derived from the pub/sub paradigm. This will lead into a redesign of all the layers. In the new Internet, multicast will be the norm and security and mobility are designed into the architecture, rather than added on as after-thoughts.


ICT, internet, routint, public-subscribe paradigm, spam, DDoS attack


(max. 250 characters)
A major flaw in the design of the Internet is its imbalance of powers in the favour of the sender of information.We need a new Internet architecture, where multicast, security and mobility are designet directly into the architecture.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Safe and transparent internet environment resolution of uncertainty
very beneficial
#5 Internet as a reliable source of information resolution of uncertainty
very beneficial

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

Common effort of developers, users, information providers and ragulation authorities.


please specify
please select
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Social Increasing internet penetration
Technological/Scientific New intenret technologies
Economic Need of effeective system for information subscription
Political Effort for security

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 Need to pay for all important information Improvement of communication and information sharing
between 2025-2050 Contribuion to children and lifelong education

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Promote information sharing regulation
Business actors (incl. SMEs) Development of suitable technologies
Academic/Research sector Development of new internet paradigm
Media Perform safe and transparent distribution of information through the net Responsible policy of imposition of informations

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Economic prosperity/dynamics Transparent sharing of information
Globalization vs. localization Secure global exchange of information
Innovation dynamics Equal access to information

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.