Exploring Citizen Engagement on The Next Generation Internet

In April and May 2017, Atomium – European Institute for Science Media and Democracy (EISMD) run a citizen engagement and media campaign on the issue of The Next Generation Internet as the latest deployment of the REIsearch Platform. The campaign was developed in collaboration with leading European research organisations, media, policy makers and stakeholders from both the public, private and third sector with the aim of:
– create a responsible and informed multi-stakeholder debate on the issue;
– create and promote access to reliable information on the issue;
– increase inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral debate;
– collect and analyse results to deliver to researchers and policymakers;
– bridge the gap between science, society and policy;
– increase dialogue and discussion between science, media, society and policy.

The results of the campaign were presented in Brussels, on the 6th and 7th of June 2017, during the Next Generation Internet Summit held with the intention to support the European Commission to build a strategy together with leading policy makers, renewed innovators, researchers and citizens to foster the development of the internet, as a powerful, open, data-driven, user-centric, interoperable platform ecosystem, for the benefit of citizens and companies.

Read the report in PDF.

I was invited to take part to the Scientific Committee together with other researcher and practitioners from all over Europe. For me it was the chance to meet and share views especially with Irene Lopez de Vallejo (Director of R&D Programmes at Digital Catapult – London), Primavera De Filippi (permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research – CNRS – Paris) and Fiorenza Lipparini (founder & Director of Research of PlusValue – London). They’re working on amazing projects mixing technology with digital social innovation impacting on citizens and companies. We’ll surely find ways to collaborate 😉

During the June’s NGI Summit I took part to the panel titled:
New technologies for disrupting the economy: business, employment and skills

Chair: Guido Romeo
Nicolai Andersen, Head of Innovation, Deloitte EMEA
Zoe Romano, co-founder WeMake
Kaja Kallas, Member of the European Parliament
Irene Lopez de Vallejo, Director of Collaborative Research, Regional and International Development, Digital Catapult
Anthony Whelan, (CNECT) Director, DG CNECT Directorate B “Electronic Communications Networks and Services”

The REIsearch Initiative was coordinated by Atomium EISMD, a Belgian international non-profit organisation representing leading European research universities, media and industry (for more information http://www.eismd.eu).

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