Join the debate on Friday 22 March at the European Parliament for an exciting afternoon of talks and bold ideas about the future of the internet: how can we build an internet and connected world that is more democratic, inclusive and resilient for all?

Radical new visions for the internet

During this event, Nesta will also launch a compilation of radical new visions for the internet, by both leading and emerging thinkers and artists from Europe and beyond.

Friday, 22 March 2019
European Parliament

This event is organised by the NGI Move, EU Engineroom and recently launched NGI Forward projects.

30 years of the web

This March marks the thirtieth anniversary of the World Wide Web. As we reflect on its history, we must also take the opportunity to think about what we want the future of the web, the internet and everyday life in a connected world, to look like. The internet has undoubtedly brought us a lot of good over the past decades, but its astronomical impact has not always led to the betterment of society. Power over our data is concentrated in the hands of very few players and new technologies are creating cracks in our democracies. We find ourselves stuck between two dominant models: the monopolistic corporate-led internet of Silicon Valley and large-scale government surveillance systems of Beijing.

Can we now come up with a third narrative, where citizens and communities are in control and can determine their own future?

The Next Generation Internet initiative, the European Commission’s ambitious new flagship programme which seeks to build an internet that’s more inclusive, resilient and democratic by the end of the decade, offers and opportunity for Europe to take charge of shaping such a new narrative. This event is part of a longer series part of the NGI in which we think about the kind of future internet we would like to see.

Registration will open at 12:45 with the event starting promptly at 13:30. The session will finish at 16:30.

13:00 – 13:30 : Registration

13:30 – 13:45 : WelcomeRob van Kranenburg, Founder at IoT CouncilKatja Bego, Senior researcher at Nesta, Coordinator NGI Forward and EU Engineroom

13:45 – 14:15 : Introductory talk by Marietje Schaake MEP

14:15 – 14:30 : The Next Generation Internet Initiative: what is it and why is it vital for Europe? Olivier Bringer, Head of Unit, DG Connect, European Commission

14:30 – 15:15: Building blocks for a better future internet

  • Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam
  • Julie Dawson, Head of Regulation and Policy at Yoti
  • Manon den Dunnen, Trust Frameworks from Police Innovation and Sensemakers
  • Cassie Robinson, Head of Digital Grant Making at the Big Lottery Fund
  • Katja Bego, Senior Researcher at Nesta (Session chair)

15:15- 15:30 :  Coffee break

15:30-15:40 :  A Vision for a Shared Digital Europe

  • Paul Keller, COMMUNIA Association
  • Alek Tarkowski, President Centrum Cyfrowe and Public Lead, Creative Commons Poland

15:40 – 16:20: Harnessing collective intelligence: how do we involve people in shaping the future internet

  • Sophie Bloemen, Co-founder and Director of Commons Network
  • Delfina van Ditmar Fantini, Tutor/Research Design Products Programme,  Royal College of Arts, London
  • Fabrizio Sestini, Senior Expert for Digital Social Innovation, European Commission DG CONNECT
  • Peter Baeck, Head of the Centre for Collective Intelligence Design
  • Marta Arniani, Founder of Futuribile (Session chair)

16:20- 16:30:  Event close and book launchMarta Arniani, Founder of FuturibileRob van Kranenburg, Founder at IoT Council

This event is organised as part of the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet initiative.

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