In-depth change needed to meet future Internet demands

May 08, 2009

To meet the future needs in the growth of the Internet infrastructure, an in-depth change is required. A total of one billion euros is being invested in the development of the future's Internet in the coming five years. This year's Future of the Internet conference in Prague, Czech Republic (11-13 May) focuses on the societal and economic developments of online Internet and Mobile societies in the future.

The current Internet designed 40 years ago is the most important information, service and networking infrastructure today. This infrastructure is evolving rapidly with the transition from 'sharing' in Web 1.0 (Web) to 'contributing' in Web 2.0 (user-generated content) to 'co-creating' in Web 3.0 (collaborative production, semantic Web).

European scientists proved that they are at the forefront of internet research already since the invention of the web. However, the challenges are huge and complex and cannot be dealt with in isolation. The European Future Internet Assembly is the vehicle to a fruitful scientific dialogue, bringing together the different scientific disciplines that contribute to the future Internet development with scientists from more than 90 research projects funded until today with about 300 million euros under the 7th Framework Programme. Another 400 million euros will be made available in the near future. These amounts coupled with private investments bring the total investment to more than a billion euros. This is an important investment showing Europe's commitment to address the challenges of the future Internet.

The conference marks the progress made on the commitments taken by more than 80 European funded projects when signing the Bled declaration and to secure other bold cooperation agreements across key players world wide.

The book "The Future of the Internet: A European Research Perspective" is being published by IOS Press in May 2009 in relation with the conference. It contains papers describing the major scientific achievements supported by European funding in the area of Future Internet. It is published in the context of the Future Internet Assembly, which is structured to permit interactions across technical domains from researchers and other stakeholders active in Future Internet research.
About the book

Towards the Future Internet
A European Research Perspective
Editors: G. Tselentis, J. Domingue, A. Galis, A. Gavras, D. Hausheer, S. Krco,
M. Lotz and T. Zahariadis
May 2009, 384 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-007-0
Price: US$182 / €125 / £113

IOS Press

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