Call for Papers

Information Centric Networking (ICN) has emerged as a promising paradigm for shaping the Future Internet (FI) architectures, oriented towards the management of massive amount of information. ICN moves from the host-centric to the information-centric networking in order to decouple the delivery of contents from their original locations. This new paradigm allows the fetching and pre-fetching of contents and services from virtually everywhere, including pushing the information closer to the end user. The latter aspect allows optimizing bandwidth utilization and improving the service availability, especially in challenged network environments. Particular ICN aspects that facilitate such optimization are, among others, the support for in-networking caching, the convenient naming of content while only creating temporary relationships between those providing and those asking for content, or the potential to utilize multipath communication and supporting multicast delivery (due to the spatial and temporary decoupling of publishers and subscribers). One benefit from this optimization is to provide a unified framework to integrate constrained-resourced edge networks (e.g., Internet of Things) and high capacity core networks.

In most emerging regions, broadband residential Internet access is considerably less affordable than in developed regions due to depressed economies, i.e., most citizens’ income far from being enough to pay for an Internet service. People living in rural communities of these regions either suffer from lack of Internet access or poor Internet connectivity. This is one of the symptoms of the so-called digital divide that has led to limited opportunity for rural communities to properly connect to the Internet. The advantages offered by ICN along with wireless access and distribution technologies (TV White Spaces, satellite communications or Wi-Fi based long distance networks) offer a great potential to improve the Internet connectivity in developing regions. These technologies aim at minimizing the cost of Internet deployment, potentially also allowing commodity hardware to be an alternative. Furthermore, the recent arising of localized communication approaches, e.g., alternative network deployments and do-it-yourself networking (DIY) also bring benefits on providing a low-cost solution for improved connectivity. With the efficient content delivery in ICN and practical low-cost solutions, these capabilities will leverage affordable broadband Internet for the developing regions.

This workshop will provide an international forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange theoretical and practical experiences on the most recent innovations, trends and challenges in Information Centric Network for the Future Internet architectures for developing regions. The objective is to explore potential solutions of ICN that make Internet access in its many forms affordable to everyone. This workshop aims to attract publications on deployment, practical experiences and system design for developing regions considering also low power constraints, efficient energy consumption, frequent disruptions and localized caching. Furthermore, we encourage submissions on design of concrete solutions within educational, health, governmental, disaster and emergency contexts.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* ICN architecture design and evaluation

* ICN integration with current IP-based services

* Use of wireless access technologies for development such as TV White Spaces, satellite communications or Wi-Fi based long distance networks

* Caching technologies

* ICN integration with Alternative Network Deployments

* Integrated Internet of Things and ICN solutions for developing world

* Privacy, security and trust for Future Internet architectures

* Localized communication networks and edge computing

* Applications and services for developing regions

* Future Internet economics and business models

* Deployment and trial experiences of ICN systems