The new model of data transmission on the Web, which is being developed to replace TCP/IP, may turn out to be an extended version of the “big Chinese firewall.” The issue of standardization of the model will be considered in the fall of 2020.
The Chinese company Huawei, together with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC and several local corporations, is developing a New IP data transfer protocol. It is intended to replace the existing TCP/IP data transfer standard. According to the developers, New IP “better matches the current state of affairs on the Internet”.
The network model for transmitting TCP/IP data was created back in 1972. It consists of the Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocol. The model describes how data should be organized into packets, transmitted, routed, and processed.
The New IP protocol system should provide more efficient addressing and better network management capabilities than TCP/IP. New IP, according to the creators, will take the Internet to a new level and will allow to quickly introduce new technologies, such as remote holographic presence. A new standard has already been submitted for certification to the International Telecommunication Union.
However, some features of New IP indicate that the use of this data transfer model will allow you to establish tight control over the Network. According to the publication of the Financial Times, in the protocol being developed, a special killswitch command will be implemented, which makes it possible to block all data coming from a specific address or to it.
New IP may also require authentication and authorization not only of new IP addresses but also of users. Thus, this protocol implies a complete lack of privacy and anonymity on the Web: the development may turn out to be an expanded version of the “big Chinese firewall”.
The International Telecommunication Union will consider standardizing New IP at a conference scheduled for November this year. There is a fairly high probability that most members of the conference will not approve the new data transfer model. Thus, the members of the Dutch delegation have already disapproved of the features of New IP, which give states more opportunities to control the World Wide Web.