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<h1>Next Generation Internet Zero Initiative</h1>
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The FSFE is a partner organisation of <a
href="https://www.ngi.eu/about/ngi-zero/">NGI Zero</a>, a
coalition of thirteen not-for-profit organisations from across
Europe. Funded by the European Commmission, NGI Zero (or NGI0)
provides grants to individual researchers and developers, as well
as teams that wish to work on new ideas and technologies that
contribute to the establishment of the <a
href="https://www.ngi.eu/vision/">Next Generation Internet</a>.
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<h2>What is the Next Generation Internet initiative?</h2>
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The <a href="https://www.ngi.eu/">Next Generation Internet</a> is
a European initiative with the aim to create an internet that
respects human and societal values, such as privacy,
participation, and diversity. It hopes to enable new online
functionalities that can support real human needs and address
global sustainability challenges. To this end, NGI0 was set up
within the Next Generation Internet initiative to coordinate
several Research and Innovation Actions, including the <a
href="https://nlnet.nl/discovery/"> NGI0 Discovery </a> and <a
href="https://nlnet.nl/PET/">NGI0 PET </a> actions, run by the <a
href="https://nlnet.nl/">NLNet Foundation</a> in the Netherlands.
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<h2>NGI0 Research and Innovation Actions: PET and Discovery</h2>
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Each of these actions will support the development of
technologies promoting the NGI ideals with grants funded by the
European Commission over the next few years. Specifically, NGI0
PET awards grants to applicant privacy and trust enhancing
technology projects, and NGI0 Discovery awards grants to
applicant technology projects that enhance user access to search
for and discover information on the internet.
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In order to be effective at internet scale, the results of these
efforts are made available as free/libre/open source software.
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<h2>Role of the FSFE</h2>
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Generally, NGI0 will aid the approved projects in an advisory
capacity with their technologies in their respective specific
areas of expertise, such as security and accessibility. The FSFE
in particular will provide guidance to the applicant technologies
with understanding best practices for communicating the
components, licenses, and copyrights associated with software
packages.
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This allows all software produced with these grants to be
verified automatically without manual intervention, and therefore
to be quickly and safely adopted by individuals, public bodies,
and private enterprises of any size.
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Additionally, the FSFE has produced for NGI0 participants a
series of documents and FAQs that explain Free Software legal and
licensing issues, and how to manage these issues within a
software project. These documents are also available to the
general public, so if you would like to take a look at them, you
can access them <a
href="https://download.fsfe.org/NGI0/V2/">here</a>.
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<h2>Get involved</h2>
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Calls for submissions to the NGI0 PET and NGI0 Discovery actions renew every 2 months.
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If you have an idea that contributes to the Next Generation
Internet, and that relates to the topic of privacy and trust in
(internet-related) technology, or to the topic of search,
discovery, and discoverability, please do not hesitate to <a
href="https://nlnet.nl/propose/">propose it here</a>.
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You can find more information about NGI0 PET and NGI0 Discovery
at their respective websites linked below:
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<li>NGI Zero PET: <a href="https://nlnet.nl/PET">https://nlnet.nl/PET</a></li>
<li>NGI Zero Discovery: <a href="https://nlnet.nl/discovery">https://nlnet.nl/discovery</a></li>
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