NGI: Human-Centric Tech in times of crisis

Next Generation Internet: Human-Centric Tech in times of crisis

Published on: 07/05/2020

NGI COVID The European Commission has launched the Next Generation Internet initiative (NGI) to fund and mentor talented researchers and innovators, in order to develop the technologies needed for the Internet of tomorrow. After one year of operation, the first developments are available, offering trust, privacy-protection, security and inclusion, and a European open-source alternative to commercial off-the-shelf products.

Nowadays, many of us are working from home to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NGI initiative develops and promotes open-source tools, well suited to our current situation of remote working and interactions.

These tools are under full control of the end-user whilst protecting private data, so anybody can discuss anything confidential to our business or intimate. Even if parts of the Internet have become disconnected, these apps do not rely on the connection to a single provider, and many of them can run uninterrupted on our end-devices.

The blog post proposes a list of open)source and privacy-preserving solutions to: 

  • Keep in touch via the Internet
  • Instant messaging
  • Collaborating on documents
  • Remote access
  • Information about food
  • Neighbourhood action

You can learn more here.

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