A Czech EU Presidency Conference on the Perspectives emerging from R&D in Europe, Prague 11–13 May 2009
Today's Internet stands at a crossroads. Interactive and collaborative Internet usages are proliferating. Mobility is emerging as a key societal requirement. More than ever, an increasing number of businesses and services are moving online: transport, health, energy & environment, oil & gas, banking, entertainment?
It is, however, increasingly recognised that current Internet technologies and architectures may not be capable of supporting such sweeping evolution, from an information service to a critical infrastructure underpinning our lives and economies.
With today's 1 billion Internet users soon being joined by 3 billion mobile online devices, Internet usage is bound to shift from developed to developing countries. A fully pervasive and secure wireless Internet infrastructure, anywhere, anytime will support and accelerate this trend.
Responding to this growing demand and being ready to meet future needs will require more than a mere patch or upgrade of the underlying network and service infrastructure. An in-depth change is required, leading to a range of technical, economic, societal and governance challenges.
On 31 March 2008, the Bled Declaration launched a European approach to the Future of the Internet, and the conference in Bled established the Future Internet Assembly. From there on, the French EU presidency intensified work and held two international meetings on the topic, the i2010 policy conference on the Future Internet and the International conference Internet of Things – Internet of the Future.
One year later, and following the ministerial-level Seoul Declaration inviting nations to seize and further develop the economic and social opportunities offered by the wide spread availability of Internet based applications, this conference in Prague aims to review the strategic orientations and trends governing the future societal and economic developments of on-line Internet and Mobile societies.
These trends impact the underlying network and service technologies and subsequently drive research and technology requirements towards a Future Internet, hence continuing to shape future actions at European level in a domain that has now become a global issue.
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 co-operation agreements across key players world-wide.
Opened by the European Commissioner Viviane Reding and representatives of the Czech EU Presidency, the conference assembles European and international key speakers and will bring together in a follow-on workshop the more than 80 EU research projects and national initiatives that are instrumental in defining the Future of the Internet.
The event is organized by CESNET Prague, which is a partner in a number of EU research projects, under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the EU and with the support of the European Commission DG Information Society and Media in beautiful Prague.