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Networking: Rearchitecting the Internet to Enable Trustworthiness and Verifiability

By Dick Weisinger

Networking has changed dramatically from the original days of TCP/IP and client-server and client-client interactions. New technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, and Edge Computing have changed the amount, frequency and type of data being transmitted over networks.

One thing especially lacking in the current global network design is the ability to verify and ensure trustworthy data exchange. A new project, the Trust over IP (ToIP) Foundation, was started with that goal. The new project is hosted by the Linux Foundation.

Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation, said that “the ToIP Foundation has the promise to provide the digital trust layer that was missing in the original design of the Internet and to trigger a new era of human possibility. The combination of open standards and protocols, pan-industry collaboration and our neutral governance structure will support this new category of digital identity and verifiable data exchange.”

Digital Trust includes both technology and governance.

The Trust over IP Stack

Dan Gisolfi, CTO at IBM Security, said that “in today’s digital economy, businesses and consumers need a way to be certain that data being exchanged has been sent by the rightful owner and that it will be accepted as truth by the intended recipient. When it comes to buying medicine online, this is important. Many privacy focused innovations are now being developed to solve this challenge, but there is no ‘recipe book’ for the exchange of trusted data across multiple vendor solutions. The new Trust over IP Foundation marks an evolutionary step which goes beyond standards, specs, and code, with the goal of creating a community-driven playbook for establishing ‘ecosystems of trust.'”

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