Everyday more content is uploaded to and downloaded from the Internet, which may one day make it challenging to access it all quickly and efficiently. This is why numerous teams of researchers are constantly working on new technologies for the Internet, and those at the University of Cambridge have recently built a prototype of a new architecture.
The project is called 'Pursuit' and the research team has already won an award for successfully demonstrating a part of the technology. The idea behind Pursuit is to leave the server-central architecture for a more 'social' Internet, where data is shared between personal computers. Essentially it would serve the content of the Internet by a Peer-to-Peer system, which could increase speed, depending on the closeness of the computers with the data you want. This move would also cause a shift from URLs to URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) by focusing on the data, instead of the webpage with the data on it.
The researchers also claim the Pursuit architecture would be more secure, because by using URIs, it is possible to ensure the data is coming from an authorized source. You can learn more about Pursuit at its webpage: http://www.fp7-pursuit.eu/PursuitWeb/.
Source: University of Cambridge