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.

Today, the internet is key to almost any socio-economic activity, a true value creator which reshapes economic and societal behaviours. This trend is irreversible and in 10 years from now the Internet will be an even more indispensable motor for socio-economic activity worldwide.

The internet creates unlimited opportunities to access information and entertainment, to interact and to assist us in our business and daily lives. Yet, there are still concerns around personal data and transparency. The internet should offer more to our society. It should provide better services and greater involvement and participation. It is essential that the next generation internet is designed for humans, so that it can meet its full potential for the society and economy.

The European Commission aims to shape the internet of the future as a powerful, open, data-driven, user-centric, interoperable platform ecosystem. Preparations for the Next Generation Internet initiative include:

  • An open consultation that took place from 14 November 2016 until 9 January 2017. The results of the consultation have been summarised in a report.
  • several specific workshops to share expert insights and build content and credibility are taking place.
  • a NGI study was launched to develop a NGI vision and analyse the current needs of the humans and how to deal with in a future human-centric internet
  • building a NGI ecosystem - be part of it and register in our interactive NGI stakeholder map.
  • NGI Contact Points in Member states and associated countries are implemented.
  • to identify specific research topics and to create an ecosystem of relevant stakeholders NGI is now supported by the ongoing NGI projects
  • The call ICT-24-2018 from the research programme Horizon 2020: NGI-An open internet initiative is open now. It contains 3 Research and innovation actions and 3 Coordination and support actions to ensure a human centric internet.
  • The Horizon 2020 call ICT-31-2018: EU-US collaboration on NGI is also open. It contains 2 Coordination and support actions to strengthen the relationship with the US ecosystem working in line with the aims of NGI and to exchange knowledge.
23 September 2016
Last update: 
16 February 2018
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