Posted by: Costas Troulos | May 26, 2008

The Future of the Internet

Earlier this month European Commission – Information Society & Media has published a summary guide of all European research projects that contribute to the future Internet development in Europe. This compendium is prologued by Mrs. Viviane Reding, member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media which concludes:

…the “Future Internet” is at the heart of the 7th Framework Programme. So far some 300 million Euro of our ICT budget have been dedicated to this issue. We now have a golden opportunity to shape the future of the Internet.

I encourage you, the research projects, to work jointly in the setting up of the European Future Internet Assembly that I see as a vehicle to ensure a prominent role of Europe in the global debate.

Europe has all the assets to be a leader on the development of the Future Internet. Not only was the web invented in Europe, but many European companies are winning recognition as “best international internet start-ups”. Europe is also home to the highest number of internet users worldwide. Europe is a tremendous pool of scientifi c talents and creativity.

This excellent summary can be downloaded here. Keep it as a reference for all future European ICT research activities of the next few years.

The “Future Internet” is a bold European effort within the ICT theme of the 7th Framework Programme for research and technological development and if you wish to know more about it visit the European Future Internet Portal. Presentations on key topics are also available.


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