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From April 2020 until November 2021, will launch 5 Open Calls for Proposals, with a total 2.8 Million Euros budget. The calls are for European organisations willing to carry out high-quality experimentation of Research & Innovation results, with a US-based counterpart, on NGI experimental platforms.

The priority coverage areas for the first two open calls concentrated on the experimentation of results coming from the NGI topics issued from ICT-24-2018 with available results from their concluded open call projects that could be experimented on EU – US experimental platforms.

This survey is designed to find out whether to expand the coverage areas for EU – US experimentation to include additional topics in ICT-24-2019.

Current NGI Topics from ICT-24-2018: 

  1. Privacy and Trust enhancing technologies – development of robust and easy to use technologies to help users gain improved trust and greater control when sharing their personal data, attributes and information.
  2. Decentralised data governance - leveraging distributed open hardware and software ecosystems based on blockchains, distributed ledger technology, open data and peer-to-peer technologies with particular focus on ethical, legal and privacy issues, as well the concepts of autonomy, data sovereignty and ownership, values and regulations.
  3. Discovery and identification technologies - new methods of search, discovery, and access of large heterogeneous data sources, services, objects and sensors, devices, multi-media content, etc. and which may include aspects of numbering; providing contextual querying, personalised information retrieval and improved quality of experience.

NGI topics from ICT-24-2019 Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs):

  1. Strengthening internet trustworthiness with electronic identities - addressing critical challenges related to increasing trust in the internet such as authentication, authorisation, traceability, privacy and confidentiality in personal and non-personal interactions. This topic will engineer federated and/or decentralised technologies for supporting internet-wide e-identities with various levels of identification, reputation and trust, to serve as a basis for new business models for verifying and valuating personal data. Proposers should pay attention to the following dimensions: scalability, ease of use, deployability, sustainability, standardisation and compatibility with the eIDAS framework.
  2. Service and data portability - addressing the challenge of personal data portability on the internet as foreseen under the GDPR and the data porting and service provider switching as foreseen in the proposed free flow of non-personal data regulation. The topic should cover the separation of data from the services provided to the end-users, with a view to ensure seamless combination of internet services and frictionless switching. Attention should be paid to technological developments, standardisation of personal profiles, practical handling of data sets mixing personal and non-personal data, operational and business models, as well as techno-legal constraints and the simplification of end-user contracts and terms of use.
  3. Open Internet architecture renovation: - supporting communities of developers in ensuring Internet architecture evolution towards better efficiency, scalability, security and resilience. Auditing, testing and improving protocols and open source software and hardware that are used to manage the Internet, with renewed design goals such as isolation of contingencies, redundancy and self-repair, disruption tolerance, transparency, better real-time behaviour and energy efficiency. Ability to roll-out at Internet scale should be assessed as part of the proposed solutions.
    Readiness of Results

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Readiness of Results

Readiness in this case means that a proof of concept is already in hand and now ready for experimentation between EU and US partners.

On a scale of 1 – 10, please indicate the readiness of tangible results that can be experimented between an EU and US partner in

Scaling - 1 being not at all ready and 10 being substantial results already available for experimentation

Importance of EU – US experimentation of results from each NGI topic

On a scale of 1 – 10, please indicate the importance of using results from these NGI topics in experiments with excellent US partners on experimental platforms.

Scaling - 1 being not at all important and 10
very important to carry out EU – US experiments in the topic

Please add with a short description and links to any other potential topics for EU – US experimentation of results that you feel should be carried out in relation to the building of a human – centric internet based on the values held dear by European citizens, such as privacy, trust, fairness and inclusiveness.

EU – US Experimental Platforms interconnection. already has an open call topic related to the Interconnection of EU and US experimental platforms.
This topic invites established designers and facility providers of experimental infrastructures, testbeds, and platforms enabling experimentation in the NGI areas on both sides of the Atlantic to interconnect with each other,  to offer their facilities on a continuous basis to its community of experimenters and application developers in other NGI topics. The proposed applications for EU – US infrastructures and platforms, both wired and wireless or combination of both,  should be suitable for experimentation and application development in the following NGI priority areas: Privacy and Trust enhancing technologies; Decentralized data governance; Discovery and identification technologies; Strengthening internet trustworthiness with electronic identities; Service and data portability; and Open Internet architecture renovation.  The transatlantic experimental platforms must also be relevant with key NGI enabling technologies: 5G (or beyond), IoT, Big Data, AI, ML, Next Generation Media, cybersecurity and resilience, and others.

From your perspective, does this definition cover all the necessary types of experimental platforms for NGI?

Provide any links and direct contacts with anyone associated with these, so they can be contacted to join the Twinning Lab of the project.

The 30-months project will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by providing cascade funding to EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments in collaboration with US research teams.

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