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Future Internet Research and Experimentation

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[European Union - ETH-Zurich]


Paths to Our Digital Future


- Towards Our Common Digital Future

"The Internet has profoundly shaped our world and has changed our lives in both big and small ways. The technology change around us has happened both quickly and imperceptibly. The very first connections between computers nearly fifty years ago have been transformed into a wave of connectivity that covers the planet. New devices and innovations have given us more ways to harness the power of connectivity wherever we go and have given us functionality we could never have imagined." -- [Internet Society]

Digitalization has been accompanied by ever increasing energy and resource consumption, as well as global production and consumption patterns that place an even greater burden on ecosystems. Technical innovation surges do not automatically translate into sustainability transformations, but must be closely coupled with sustainability guidelines and policies. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has the power to reduce inequalities across the world. Doing so depends on empowering everyone – regardless of geography, income, age or gender – and it requires concerted action and greater collaboration across all players. 

Each time we sign in, log on or connect a person or device to the digital world we exponentially grow the next great technological revolution. More than a decade after the first iPhone® was introduced as the “breakthrough Internet communicator”, a brave new digital world powered by big data, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and the cloud promises to profoundly change the way we live, work and interact. As the world sprints towards bringing virtually all things online – to be captured, analysed and actioned in an instant – we must ensure we are working towards the digital future that will benefit all.


- The Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) Changed The Way We Internet

Stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), with movie theaters closed and no restaurants to dine in, Americans have been spending more of their lives online. We are looking to connect and entertain ourselves, but are turning away from our phones. With the rise of social distancing, we are seeking out new ways to connect, mostly through video chat. We have suddenly become reliant on services that allow us to work and learn from home. The search for updates on the virus has pushed up readership for local and established newspapers, but not partisan sites. Video games have been gaining while sports have lost out..


- The Internet of the Future

We are at the beginning of a new era which will be characterized by digitalization and the constant interconnection of everything. The goal of the next generation of the Internet is, through abstraction and automation, to enable any desired bandwidth spontaneously between any and all participants or data centers. For this, consistent further development of the existing technologies is required, and additionally, new approaches to the integration of infrastructure, software, and services must be conceived. Efficient data processing is becoming increasingly important – in the future, it is conceivable that analysis will already occur during the transmission process in the network.


Global Next Generation Internet Initiatives


Future Internet is a general term for research activities on new architectures for the Internet. Next Generation Internet Initiatives are the research activities going on around the world towards developing the current Internet in terms of service and speed and launching a entirely new range of applications which will make use of these new opportunities, bringing wealth and knowledge to the entire world. 


- Future Internet Architecture

The Internet as we know it today is a critical infrastructure composed by communication services and end-user applications transforming all aspects of our lives. Recent advances in technology and the inexorable shift towards everything connected are creating a data-driven society where productivity, knowledge, and experience are dependent on increasingly open, dynamic, interdependent and complex networked systems. The challenge for the Next Generation Internet (NGI) is to design and build enabling technologies, implement and deploy systems, to create opportunities considering increasing uncertainties and emergent systemic behaviours where humans and machines seamlessly cooperate.

"Along with research groups around the world, we are exploring fundamental questions about Internet architecture. In particular, we are, "If we were to redesign the Internet, what would it look like?" This effort involves looking at all aspects of the Internet architecture, including addressing, intradomain routing, interdomain routing, naming, name resolution, network API, monitoring, and troubleshooting. Moreover, the effort involves both in-depth investigations of these isolated topics, and a synthesis of these aspects into a coherent and comprehensive future Internet architecture." -- [UC Berkeley]



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