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China's Next-Generation Internet Is a World-Beater


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Chins is working on a next-generation national Internet reportedly on a larger scale than any similar developments in progress in the West.

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China is developing a next-generation national Internet that reportedly is on a larger scale than anything being developed in the West.

One of the most important aspects of China's new Internet is a security feature called Source Address Validation Architecture, which adds checkpoints across the network, creating a database of trusted computers matched with their IP addresses. Packets of data will be blocked if the computer and IP address do not match.

In addition, "China has a national Internet backbone in place that operates under IPv6 as the native network protocol," says University of Maryland researcher and Chinese American Network Symposium chairman Donald Riley. "We have nothing like that in the U.S."

China already is providing next-generation Web services via 3TNet, an Internet service provider that offers the foundation for a system that monitors and controls traffic flow over the Internet.

"If you are thinking about the future of the Internet, anyone that explores that territory and maps it out first has a definite competitive advantage, especially with the resources available to China," Riley says.

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