The overall goal of the Next Generation Internet initiative, which is a European Commission initiative being implemented by project partners throughout Europe, is to create a more human-centred internet by motivating citizens and communities to strive for values like openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation and data protection. It is supposed to foster a vibrant open internet movement, linking research, policy and society. The NGI awards reward outstanding contributions to a better digital life, following the NGI vision of creating a trustworthy internet of human values.
Internet of Human Values
Driven by technological and economical opportunism rather than by a desire to create meaningful technology for people, the Internet of Things (IoT) needs a guiding compass. "We need to create spaces in which alternative technological futures can be openly negotiated. Such democratisation of innovation processes requires new modes of participation and a mind set of critical reflection," explains Christopher Frauenberger. "As one of the leading researchers in the COMPASS project I am seeking to develop methods, processes and tools that open up these spaces for negotiating opportunity spaces, meaning and agendas in the context of the Internet of Things. We are exploring how to bring together technologists, users, policy makers, industry, the public and other potential stakeholders to co-design the next generation internet."