What is the Next Generation Internet - NGI?
The Next Generation Internet (NGI) according to HUB4NGI EU project is a key priority in H2020 ICT work programme 2018-2020 (WP2018-20), will ensure a more human-centric Internet supporting European values of openness, cooperation across borders, decentralisation, inclusiveness, transparency and protection of privacy.
In the WP 2018-20 the name 'NGI' is used as a 'NGI Key Priority' covering 8 calls with different topics. The 'NGI Key Priority' covers the work that is done in the areas of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Future media, Interactive technologies, Language technologies and inclusion.
NGI is also used for one of these topics within this 'NGI Key Priority'. This topic will have the title 'Next Generation Internet - An Open Internet Initiative'. It complements the technology oriented topics (Privacy and trust enhancing technologies, Decentralized data governance and Discovery and identification technologies) with an agile and dynamic approach to Research and Innovation (R&I) in the Internet. To be agile and dynamic, this topic will use cascading grants to especially support individual teams of researchers or startups in short research cycles with a clear aim to quickly bring research results to the market.
All the topics under the 'NGI Key Priority' share the common vision of the human centric internet while each one focuses on a certain technology area or, in the case of the NGI Topic, on a new approach to Internet research.
Please note that the remaining of this document focuses on the new approach to Internet research that is implemented in the NGI topic with the title 'Next Generation Internet – An open Internet initiative'. When in the document we refer to the overall 'NGI Key Priority', it will be indicated explicitly.
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What are the three main areas of the NGI?
NGI proposed a new approach to Internet research (agile and dynamic using cascading grants) that can be applied to any technology area under NGI.
For the WP 2018, we have selected three areas that will be focus of the initial activities:
- Privacy and trust enhancing technologies
- Decentralized data governance; and
- Discovery and identification technologies.
In addition, we will launch in the coming months an open consultation to select three additional areas where the NGI activities of the NGI call in autumn 2019 will focus on.
This reflects that it is important to become active NOW, especially to engage the relevant stakeholders to take an active part in the NGI ecosystem to shape the future internet further.
What is the NGI relation to other initiatives/programmes (e.g. 5G PPP, NetWorld2020 etc.)?
Obviously, communication networks are a critical component of any future Internet development. However, for the remaining of H2020 this area has already defined its own R&I roadmap under the 5G PPP. This is the reason why networks are not currently included under the 'NGI Key Priority' but it remains as an own '5G Key Priority' in the current WP 2018-20 which covers several calls related to 5G. So far, 5G and the 'NGI Key Priority' will be separate initiatives in H2020. For the next framework programme it could be considered to integrate them under the NGI initiative, even if it is still too early to say. The same applies to big data or computing infrastructures. We will promote collaboration and sharing of information.
Why does it take time to make/prepare a flagship initiative?
Most of the ICT initiatives in H2020 are based on roadmap based R&I. This implies that in the early phase of the programme some commitments are made already for the next years (e.g. 5G PPP). The WP 2018-20 was the first possibility to implement the 'NGI initiative' by aligning the 'NGI vision' to those technology areas that are now under the 'NGI Key Priority'; and by launching the 'Next Generation Internet – An open Internet initiative' as a new approach to Internet research (agile and dynamic using cascading grants).
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