Next Generation Internet

The Next Generation Internet is an initiative supported by the European Commission.

Open Source Projects aligned with the NGI vision are eligible for grants through various programs.


“A Human Internet for a better future” 1)



November 2016: Public Consultation about the Internet of 2030

May 2017: Launch of NGI Study and HUB4NGI

October 2017: Programme Shape for NGI

Mid 2018: NGI Open Internet Initiative WP2018-20

Mid 2019: Joint Experimentation Research and Innovation Action

2020+ NGI Flagship

An opportunity to fix the internet FOSDEM 2018 2)


  1. APELL – (Association Professionnelle Européenne du Logiciel Libre) – Europe’s
  2. Open Source Business Association
  3. Association for Progressive Communications – A global network and organisation that strives towards easy and affordable access to a free and open internet to improve the lives of people and create a more just world
  4. Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology – The second-largest technical university in the Czech Republic
  5. Center for the Cultivation of Technology – A charitable non-profit host organization for international Free Software projects
  6. Commons Caretakers – A not-for-profit service provider for the development of Commons
  7. Free Silicon Foundation – (FSi) promotes Free and Open Source (FOS) in the context of silicon integrated circuits
  8. Free Software Foundation Europe – Association charity that aims to empower users to control technology
  9. HAN University of Applied Sciences – Dept. Inclusive Design & Engineering – one of the core competence building centres of accessibility in the Netherlands
  10. NixOS Foundation – Foundation supporting development and use of purely functional configuration management tools, in particular NixOS and related projects 3)
  11. NLnet Foundation (NL) – Grantmaking public benefit organisation founded by pioneers of the early European internet
  12. OpenForum Europe (OFE) – A European open source software and open standard not-for-profit think tank
  13. OW2 is an independent, global, open-source software community that fosters open source projects and actually delivers software
  14. Petites Singularités – Non profit organisation working with free sofware and focusing on collective practices
  15. Radically Open Security – Not-for-profit open source security company
  16. Internet Society Switzerland – ( is a recognized Chapter of the global
  17. Tolerant Networks – A Trinity College Dublin campus company focused on robust interoperable communications


  1. Resilient
  2. Trustworthy
  3. Inclusive
  4. Sustainable
  5. Decentralized


  1. Protect personal data
  2. Ensure privacy and security
  3. Combat disinformation online 4)
  4. Guarantee access and freedom of choice
  5. Respect fundamental rights
  6. Enforce ethics and sustainability by design

NGI Projects

NGI Forward

NGI Zero





The NGI TruBlo project has its focus on disinformation and distributed trust. The question: How can we develop new tools, platforms or software modules against malicious disinformation? How can we help our communities with new approaches where the content we see can be trusted?



The NGI Enrichers program supports European NGI researchers and innovators to spend 3-6 months in the US or Canada to work and collaborate with US and Canadian hosts to promote knowledge-sharing and establish long-term collaborations on NGI technologies, services, and standards. The program provides travel funding, allowance, and visa for visiting fellows from Europe and supports both fellows and their hosts with boot camps, mentors, visibility, community building and more!




TrustChain will tackle several challenges pertaining to trustworthy and reliable digital identity, to resilient, secure and reliable data pathways, to economics and trading of data, to energy efficiency for data storage, transport and sharing, to seamless services and data flows. A new trustworthy data governance and sharing model will be developed in line with the European regulatory framework and taking into account European values while ensuring Trusted Data Ecosystems.


NGI Sargasso focuses on catalysing European collaboration with the US and Canada on topics such as trust and data sovereignty, digital identity, internet architecture renovation, decentralised technologies, and standards, which are of utmost importance to shape the future Internet.


TALER will roll out a new electronic payment system that benefits European citizens, merchants, and banks. GNU Taler is a privacy-preserving digital payment system developed by the GNU community and Taler Systems SA with additional funding from various NGI calls (NGI0 PET, NGI0 Entrust, NGI POINTER, NGI TRUST). GNU Taler offers privacy for the buyer while enforcing transparency on sellers. As a result, citizens do not suffer from surveillance when paying with GNU Taler, and States can ensure that businesses can be held accountable for their income and pay their taxes.


The project seeks to elaborate on a long-term strategy for Internet Commons (IC), which are critical for sovereignty and trust, helping to overcome fragmentation and close the gap between grassroot commoners’ initiatives and top-down sovereignty policies.

Covid-19 Era

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