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Future Internet Research and Experimentation

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[European Union - ETH-Zurich]


- Paths to Our Digital Future

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.


- Towards Our Common Digital Future

The Internet has profoundly shaped our world, changing our lives, big and small. Technological change around us happens both rapidly and imperceptibly. The first connection between computers nearly fifty years ago has transformed into a wave of connections blanketing the planet. New devices and innovations are giving us even more ways to harness the power of connectivity wherever we go and giving us capabilities we never thought possible. 

New trends come and go all the time: that's the nature of the internet! There are currently more than 5.07 billion Internet users worldwide (March 2023), while social media users have crossed the 4 billion mark, marking an important milestone towards universal access globally. 

Nearly 60% of the world's population uses social media. Average daily usage time is 2 hours and 31 minutes (January 2023). It is becoming increasingly important to develop new ways of accessing information, knowledge and ideas. 

Keeping a close eye on these trends allows us to deliver our professional services, which have delivered tangible results for some of the world's largest brands. These trends have already begun to emerge and will no doubt continue to evolve to change the future of Internet technology.


- 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 consisting of communication services and end-user applications that has transformed every aspect of our lives. Recent technological advances and the inevitable shift to the Internet of Everything are creating a data-driven society where productivity, knowledge, and experience depend on increasingly open, dynamic, interdependent, and complex networked systems. The challenge for the Next Generation Internet (NGI) is to design and build enabling technologies, implementation, and deployment systems that create opportunities while allowing humans and machines to work together seamlessly, taking into account ever-increasing uncertainty and emergent system behavior. 

Together with research groups around the world, we're exploring fundamental questions about the architecture of the internet. In particular, we're, 'If we were to redesign the internet, what would it look like?' "This work involves the study of various aspects of Internet architecture, including addressing, intra-domain routing, inter-domain routing, naming, name resolution, network APIs, monitoring, and troubleshooting. In addition, this work involves in-depth study of these independent topics , and the synthesis of these aspects into a coherent and comprehensive future Internet architecture. 



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