The Handle System is a general-purpose distributed information system that provides efficient, extensible, and secure identifier and resolution services for use on networks such as the Internet. The Handle System includes an open protocol, a namespace, and a reference implementation of the protocol, making it infrastructure, not end-user or off-the-shelf software.

The Handle System protocols enable a distributed computer system to resolve and store the identification information (or handles) of digital resources into the elements needed to locate, access, and otherwise manage names for Internet resources (e.g., online documents, websites and pages and other digital objects).

The Handle System was developed by Dr. Robert Kahn and his team at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) in Reston, Virginia. Dr. Kahn is a co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and was responsible for originating DARPA's Internet Program.

Handle Systems Static Tag Cloud


The ITU Handle System Testbed is designed to demonstrate the key features of the Handle System.


Dr. Robert Kahn - ITU Laureate 2010

Dr. Robert Kahn and Dr.Hamadoun Toure Dr Hamadoun Toure, ITU Secretary-General, awards the ITU certificate to Dr Robert Kahn, Laureate of the WTISD 2010, co-inventor of the Internet, at the ITU WTISD 2010 celebration, World Expo 2010, Shanghai.
Dr.Robert E. Kahn is Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which he founded in 1986 after a 13-year term at the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Read More...

WTISD Laureates 2010:Speech by Laureate Mr Robert Kahn at the Ceremony of the ITU WTISD 2010 is available here


Interview with Dr. Robert Kahn
Co-creator of the Internet; Chair man, CEO and president of CNRI