Debate with the EC about Next Generation Internet hot topics and calls for proposals (Paris, 21 June)

Futur.e.s in Paris is the biggest innovation and digital European festival, organized by Cap Digital, the largest cluster in Europe with more than 1,000 members. It showcases the latest French and international cutting-edge technologies to 22.000 professionals and the general public through a cycle of conferences, new collaborative formats, and unusual artistic experiments.

On this occasion, Cap Digital and the NEM Initiative invite the NGI community, NEM members, innovators, researchers and clusters to debate on the future Internet, get information on upcoming European calls for proposals and network with future project partners.


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Please also register to Futur.e.s in Paris festival to get access to the venue.

Access to the festival is free of charge, but international visitors wishing to make the most of their stay are invited to purchase the International Pass which gives access to a Business Tour in Paris tech ecosystem, a guided tour through the festival’s most innovative demos, a networking space and a pitch session.



Grande Halle de La Villette, Hall de la Chanson, 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France





[09:00-09:30] Registration and Coffee
[09:30-09:35] Opening

Manuella Portier, Director of European Affairs at Cap Digital, Member of NEM Steering Board and NGI French Contact Point

[09:35-09:45] New European Media Position on Next Generation Internet

Jean-Dominique Meunier, NEM Chairman (to be confirmed)

[09:45-10:30] European Commission initiative on ‘The Next Generation Internet – An Internet of Humans’

Introduction to the NGI initiative and the upcoming calls for proposals

Olivier Bringer, Deputy and Acting Head of Unit, Next Generation Internet, European Commission

The Next Generation Internet initiative is about enabling a human-centric Internet – an Internet of Humans – which meets the new and more diverse needs of European citizens and businesses in a secure and trusted way, integrating technological game changers such as Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Ledger Technologies or interactive and immersive technologies.

Olivier and his team have been in charge of developing the NGI initiative and engaging relevant stakeholders. Olivier will give a state of play of the NGI initiative and the proposed next steps. He will explain how so-called ‘cascading funding’ under H2020 will support top-notch Internet researchers and innovators to help build the internet of tomorrow.


[10:30-11:30] Debate: Should Open Data end where Data protection begins?

In an age when interactive technologies such as AR / VR transform our social interactions by redefining our digital identities, how do we protect our personal data online?

Data openness and transparency are becoming a growing trend among tech industries and governments in view of creating a more human-centric and open Internet. Furthermore, actions are being taken to restore the users’ trust in the Internet. While international cooperation and decentralization of governance over personal data is thought to give control back to the users, how and when do we consider the openness to be too much?

Taking into consideration that companies have recently aligned with GDPR, data protection has to be taken into account at the early stages of creation, or as it is called in tech, “privacy by design”. Companies now have to adapt their policies to two conflicting trends: data openness and protection.

Jean-Paul Sartre once said “my freedom ends where the others’ begin”. We ask you, does open data end where data protection begins?

Moderator Marta Arniani, founder of Futuribile / Curating Futures
[11:30-11:40] Break
[11:40-12:20] Presentation of NGI upcoming calls for proposals followed by Q&A
  ICT-25-2018-2020 Interactive Technologies

Rehana SCHWINNINGER-LADAK, Head of  Data Application and Creativity Unit, DG Connect, European Commission

ICT-30-2019-2020 An empowering, inclusive Next Generation Internet




How to get involved in NGI and where to meet next?

Dr. Monique Calisti, Martel Innovate, HUB4NGI Coordinator

Networking Buffet


Manuella Portier, Director of EU Affairs, Cap Digital, manuella.portier(at)

Julia Morawski, European Project Officer, Cap Digital, julia.morawski(at)

Ipshita Singh, European Project Assistant, Cap Digital, ipshita.singh(at)

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