White Papers & Reports

This page is dedicated to store all the White Papers and Reports related to the NGI Initiative.

  • Next Generation Internet Brochure (EC brochure | September 2019)
    NGI comprises an ambitious research and innovation programme with an EC investment of more than €250m between 2018 and 2020. Focus is on advanced technology including privacy and trust, search and discovery, decentralised architectures, blockchain, IoT, social media, interactive technologies, as well as technologies supporting multilingualism and accessibility.
  • A vision for the future Internet – read the longform here (NGI FORWARD | working paper)
    The purpose of this paper is to set out an ambitious vision for the European Commission to create a more democratic, resilient, sustainable, trustworthy and inclusive internet by 2030. To achieve this effort, we must first understand where we are now by taking a holistic look at the challenges we face today and discussing the complex web of issues we must address layer by layer. Second, it is essential to set our vision for 2030 for each of the five key pillars: Democracy, Resilience, Sustainability, Trust and Inclusion. And finally, how we get there, and for that, we work out some of the specific interventions, policy instruments and technological solutions we need to get closer to our vision. The intention of this paper is, therefore, to serve as a call to action to the European Commission as well as Europe’s internet community, from national and city- level policymakers to civil society, from innovators to the general public, to take concerted action to turn the ideas outlined in this paper into reality.
  • Internet of Waste – read the longform here (NGI FORWARD | working paper)
    Connected devices and internet services can have a significant impact on the environment and climate that we often underestimate. Although the digital economy is often described as intangible, our dependence on connectivity has tangible costs. We may not see or feel it immediately, but every message, like, and video call leaves a mark on the planet in one way or another. Promising policy ideas are already in development, but some of them lack serious engagement with technology’s unique dual role in the looming climate crisis.
    This report provides context, statistics, and an overview of the broader issues surrounding the Internet’s footprint. It proposes four pillars that should make up a comprehensive European approach to Internet sustainability. In addition, the report traces the life cycle of an internet device and the services it can access. Along the way, recommendations are made where there is potential for policy intervention, greater consumer awareness or improved industry practices.
  • NGI: the people building the Internet of tomorrow (NGI4ALL | position paper)
    The NGI initiative is an ambitious research and innovation programme with more than €250 million EC funding to address global sustainability challenges while searching for a Human Internet that respects the fundamental values of privacy, participation and diversity. Under NGI, researchers and innovators across Europe are running projects in a wide range of areas, from cryptography to federated identity and from search technology to secure operating systems. In this document, we will learn about some of the verticals, the resources dedicated to them, and some of the projects will be explained by the people who work on them every day. This is how we get to know the most personal face of the projects.
  • NGI: expertise to select, fund, mentor and coordinate Next Generation Internet projects (NGI4ALL | position paper)
    Innovators and researchers are the stars of the Next Generation Internet, but their ideas and projects would never become reality without proper financial support and effective business guidance. At the core of the NGI initiative, groups of dedicated experts evaluate the potential in projects and people – they select who gets funding, they provide technical and business advice and they coordinate within and between projects, so that together we can build a better Internet. In this paper, we will learn through the vision of RIAs coordinators, how they are managed, how funds are distributed, and the key characteristics of each. Andres Sanchez, coordinator of NGI Ledger, Alasdair Reid, coordinator of NGI Trust and Michiel Leenaars, coordinator of NGI Zero will share their vision and approach to the new NGI system for funding researchers and innovators in Europe.
  • Next Generation Internet. The Internet of Humans (NGI4ALL | EC brochure)
    The NGI comprises an ambitious research and innovation programme with an EC investment of more than €250 million between 2018 and 2020. It focuses on advanced technologies such as privacy and trust, search and discovery, decentralised architectures, blockchain, IoT, social media, interactive technologies, and technologies supporting multilingualism and accessibility.
    In this paper, all the key data of the initiative is available to everyone. Budget, ongoing projects, statistics and many other data are explained, giving the reader an overview of the ambitious European plan to support innovation aiming to reshape the internet for the next generations.
  • NGI for an Internet of Humans (NGI4ALL | position paper)
    In this position paper, learn more about the main areas of the NGI initiative, the reason for its creation, and the path forward. While technological progress is expanding the possibilities of the Internet, people’s trust in it is not increasing at the same rate. On the contrary, this trust, which is one of the pillars of technology acceptance, has eroded in recent years. With half of humanity already having access to the internet and Europeans spending an average of seven hours a day online, there is an urgent need to invest time and resources in shaping a better internet for us and for future generations. Through tailored funding and adapted policies, the NGI initiative aims to shape the evolution of the internet into a people’s internet that meets people’s basic needs, including trust, security and inclusion, and reflects the values and standards we enjoy in Europe.
  • Debate with the EC about Next Generation Internet hot topics and calls for proposals (NGI & NEM | report)
    In this document, you will find details of the NGI Futur.e.s in Festival, an event organized by CapDigital in collaboration with the New European Media (NEM) Initiative and supported by Vital Media EU-funded project. The event took place on 21 June 2018 under the name “Should Open Data end where Data Protection begins?”. During the main event in the form of a debate, different visions were presented: the entrepreneur, the technologist, the lawyer and the European Commission had their say. The speakers discussed 4 key topics: Governance, cross-border internet, business models and education, culture and citizens’ awareness. In this way, a comprehensive picture emerged of the different issues that Open Data raises and how the NGI initiative deals with them.
    This white paper guides readers through a complex topic of concern to mankind and presents the issuing body’s philosophy on the subject. It is intended to help readers understand that we need to work on infrastructures and visions of society in the coming years to create a common ground for action. We do not lack the technological means; what we lack is a coordinated approach that balances regulation, experimentation, and civic engagement.
    An even more connected world with intelligent machines is coming. The recognition that it is impossible to address the current complex situation from a single perspective becomes our greatest resource for launching a European movement of citizens and professionals, all committed in different ways to ensuring a desirable outcome for what looks like the final moment in history when humans are in full control.
    Through the interviews collected in this document, the problem is known from different angles, the current state of affairs is recognized, and several proposals are put on the table.
  • White paper on stakeholder engagement (SpeakNGI.eu | white paper)
  • Innovators shaping the next generation internet – The Early Adopters Club (SpeakNGI.eu | booklet)
  • Opinion Forming in the Digital Age Public Recomendations (HUB4NGI | report)
  • Responsible AI – Key Themes, Concerns & Recommendations for European Research and Innovation (HUB4NGI | report)