A high-level multi-stakeholder event on the future of the Internet will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, tomorrow, November 2, 2022.
The event, organized by the European Commission in coordination with the European External Action Service and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will bring together representatives of the global multi-stakeholder community to promote the global DFI (Declaration on the Future of The Internet) have endorsed the vision of an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet. The event will focus on sharing solutions to implement the principles enshrined in the Statement on the Future of the Internet (DFI).
The DFI, launched on April 28, 2022 and supported by more than 60 partners worldwide, defines the vision and principles of an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet of Trust. Efforts to promote this positive agenda for the future of the Internet have become more relevant in today’s geopolitical landscape. In this context, it is all the more important that we intensify our actions to make the Internet a safe and trusted space for all, where the fundamental freedoms and human rights that we value offline are also protected in line.
The Declaration for the Future of the Internet is in line with strongly rooted EU rights and principles and builds on the Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles which the Commission has proposed to co-sign with the European Parliament and the Council of European Union.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said at this moment:
“The Internet has brought humanity closer together than ever before in history. Today, for the first time, like-minded countries around the world are defining a common vision for the future of the Internet, to ensure that the values we hold true offline are also protected online, to make the Internet a safe place and a place of trust for everyone, and to ensure that the Internet is at the service of our individual freedom. Because the future of the Internet is also the future of democracy, of humanity.
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In this context, the event will include plenary sessions as well as workshops, where government officials and stakeholders will discuss concrete actions to realize the promise of the Internet to connect humanity and help democracies thrive. , as reflected in the principles of the Declaration.
The second block of the event will focus on misinformation. It will show how to translate DFI principles into concrete actions, with a particular focus on pro-Russian disinformation in the Central and Eastern European region. During this part, a presentation by policymakers and experts in the field will provide an overview of the main issues related to disinformation, followed by a high-level panel that will engage policymakers platforms and organizations of the civil society to discuss how these issues can be addressed by the new co-regulatory framework and the enhanced code of practice against disinformation.
The event agenda is available here. The event will be streamed live, to register please email [email protected]
NGI – a program that funds solutions in the areas of DFIs
The Next Generation Internet is an initiative of the European Commission, which aims to shape the Internet of the future as a powerful and user-centric ecosystem (Internet of Humans) that meets people’s basic needs.
The NGI program supports solutions in the areas of the IFD and funds the best research and innovation projects in the field of the Internet, thus answering the need for a more just, secure, resilient, sustainable, centered Internet on the human and decentralized. Equity, diversity and inclusion are the pillars of this envisioned future.
So far, NGI has funded over 600 innovators with complementary, inclusive and trust-based technology building blocks, including services, applications, decentralized ledger technologies such as blockchain, data portability, AI, machine learning, networking, open source hardware and software.
Projects cover a wide range of topics from private research, instant messaging and remote work tools to data privacy, health, energy, finance, supply chains, research, knowledge management and responsible media platforms.
Czech projects funded by NGI: https://www.ngi.eu/discover-ngi-solutions/?country=1685
Projects financed by the Romanian IGN: https://www.ngi.eu/discover-ngi-solutions/?country=1384