The current situation

Internet becomes ever more important for the lives of any human on this planet. It creates new business opportunities and new social paradigms for interaction, from the local to the planetary scale.

Whereas many of the Internet developments have surpassed any expectations in terms of benefits for the citizens and the economy, there are some reasons for concern about further progress. In particular, the concentration of power in the hands of a few companies, and the relative lack or abandon of control of citizens on their own personal data, together with restrictions on Internet access because of geographical, economic or cultural reasons raise concerns.

The vision

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

What we want to achieve

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) 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 scope of the European initiative should be broad, addressing technological opportunities arising from advances in various research fields, extending from new network architectures and software-defined infrastructures to new concepts for services and applications.

First steps towards the Next Generation Internet

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. A total of 449 people took part and answered questions about technologies and values that are relevant for the Internet of the future. The results of the consultation have been summarised in a report.
  • specific workshops to share expert insight and build content and credibility
  • a call for support actions (ICT-41-2017) to identify the specific research topics and to create an ecosystem of relevant stakeholders.