Communications of the acm | January 2012 | vol . 55 | no. 1 Current network use is dominated by content distribution and retrieval yet current networking protocols are designed for conversations between hosts. Accessing content and services requires mapping from the what that users care about to the network’s where. We present Content-Centric Networking (CCN) which uses content chunks as a primitive— decoupling location from identity, security and access, and retrieving chunks of content by name. Using new approaches to routing named content, derived from IP, CCN simultaneously achieves scalability, security, and performance. We describe our implementation of the architecture’s basic features and demonstrate its performance and resilience with secure file downloads and VoIP calls.