Take part in mapping the Next Generation Internet ecosystem

17 Jun Take part in mapping the Next Generation Internet ecosystem

Next Generation Internet is a project initiated in the fall of 2016 by the European Commission to stimulate and steer the development of a free, open, and more interoperable internet for the future. As part of the initiative, the HUB4NGI Project is now developing a stakeholder map of the NGI ecosystem and has made an open call for relevant stakeholders to take part and register as part of the NGI Community Map.

The Internet of the future should provide better services, more intelligence, greater involvement and participation. It needs to reflect the European social and ethical values: free, open and more interoperable.

Launched by the European Commission in the fall of 2016, the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative sets out to achieve the ideal internet of tomorrow. The NGI initiative is largely formed around the belief that, when exploited at its full potential, the internet is capable of, and should offer greater societal benefits by providing better services, and greater involvement and participation.

Through the NGI initiative, the European Commission has set out to shape the internet it envisions for tomorrow, so that it may serve as an open, powerful, data-driven, user-centric, and interoperable platform ecosystem. The Next Generation Internet initiative consists of several different deliverables outlined in autumn 2016 by the commission – some of which have already taken place, been completed, or are otherwise in progress. The so-called ‘corner stones’ of the NGI initiative include:

•  An open consultation that took place between November 2016 and January 2017, and that included 449 participants who responded to questions centring on values and technologies that have been deemed relevant to the internet of the future. | To read the NGI Initiative Open Consultation Final Report [published March 2017], click here.

•  An online platform for engaging with a wider audience, and which offers participants access to a database of background information & insights, as well as an up-to-date overview of upcoming events that may be of interest to the NGI community.

•  A call for support actions [Objective ICT-41, 2017] in the Horizon 2020 work programme to identify the specific research topics and to create an ecosystem of relevant stakeholders.

• A public consultation to gain insight into European expectations for internet-related developments over the next ten years. Results of the consultation were presented during the Next Generation Internet Summit, which took place earlier this June in Brussels. | To read the results report [June 2017] of the NGI Public Consultation and Citizen Engagement & Media Campaign, click here.

•  Specific workshops that focus on exchanging expert insights, in addition to building content and credibility.

NGI Community Map

According to a recent announcement, the European Commission has pledged to invest EUR 270 million in the NGI initiative as part of the next Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, which is scheduled to be approved by member states in the fall. The ambitious new research programme calls for a more human-centric internet that embraces European goals and values, and is designed to draw Europe’s top talent from the worlds of academia and tech.

The programme will address key components of internet related innovations and development such as privacy and decentralised architecture, as well as novel technologies like virtual (VR), and augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), natural language generation (NLG), Internet of Things (IoT), and media convergance. In addition to covering these and other important issues, another central focus of the programme will be determining how to bring control of this tech to the user, so as to create a human-centred internet.

In light of these objectives, a comprehensive and collaborative NGI ecosystem map is in the process of being created by the HUB4NGI Project, under the guidance of the NGI Unit of the European Commission. The map (pictured above) enables organisations to register as part of the NGI ecosystem. Upon registration, they can include relevant information about any of their organisation’s past or current NGI-related projects. For your convenience, HUB4NGI has created a detailed online manual for registering and using the NGI Community Map, in addition to a brief 30-second guided video tour, which can be viewed below.

Want to see your organisation on the NGI Community Map, or know of any potential relevant stakeholders that belong on the NGI Map? The European Commission is seeking relevant stakeholders to help shape the internet of tomorrow as part of the NGI Ecosystem. To learn more, click here.