NGI Forum 2021 – Building the Internet of Humans 18-19 May 2021

The NGI Forum 2021 is the flagship event of the Next Generation Internet initiative, which brings together some of Europe’s top internet innovators who are shaping the Internet of Humans. An Internet that guarantees trust, privacy, and inclusion, while empowering people and addressing global sustainability challenges.

Digital technologies and access to a safe and secure Internet have proved essential during the COVID-19 crisis, but the pandemic has also exacerbated existing technological, societal, and economic gaps. Human centricity is not an option for Europe as we enter the Digital Decade, it is a core component, and NGI is an essential initiative to bring the human dimension at the core of the Internet.

In the last couple of years, NGI innovators have been at work delivering technologies and services that respect European rights and values, leading to tangible benefits for both private and public organisations, as well as citizens.

The NGI Forum 2021 is an opportunity to showcase the first NGI results, learn about the impact of ground-breaking internet technologies, discuss future priorities with experts across several domains, such as trust and data sovereignty, Internet architecture, decentralised technologies, or new methods of search. It will also provide insights into NGI upcoming calls in Horizon Europe, offering an opportunity to top internet innovators to continue their work and to join the growing NGI community.

The event, which will run online, will include a mix of specialist talks, open discussions, and interactive workshops. The emphasis is on stimulating discussion and foster the creation of synergies between innovators, researchers, developers, policymakers, and civil society players.



NGI_Trust Highlight: Internet of Trust – 19 May 09:30-10:20 CEST

At the heart of the NGI human-centric vision for the future Internet lies the objective to increase security and privacy for end-users so they experience a trustworthy online environment. This is backed by the rules that the EU has set in the areas of data protection, cybersecurity and electronic identity, some of which are currently being reviewed to make them fit for the Digital Decade.

This panel discussion will address how NGI can, in the coming years, continue supporting an “Internet of trust”, by developing new technologies and data governance models for increased trust, privacy and user-control of data and contribute to a trusted digital identity ecosystem.

Nicole Harris, Head of Trust and Identity Operations, GÉANT, NGI_TRUST


  • Alyssa Ross, Software developer and Researcher at Spectrum
  • Markus Sabadello, Editor at W3C DID WG
  • Colin Wallis, Executive Director at Kantara Initiative Inc, NGI_TRUST

The NGI Forum 2021 is organized by NGI4ALL, which is part of the NGI initiative. NGI4ALL has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement no 825354.

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