Re: [perpass] Steer 750 million euro at the EC for 'future internet' the right way

Harry Halpin <> Fri, 08 April 2016 15:35 UTC

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I'm speaking to the European Commission at their NetFutures conference
on this very subject in 2 weeks, where I will try to convince them to
focus on funding security, privacy, funding open-source, and working
with standards bodies such as the IETF. If you know any particular
efforts that need to be highlighted, just ping me and I'll highlight
them. Otherwise, I was going to focus on success stories of TLS 1.3,
CertTrans, OAuth, WebCrypto and future work like  Humans Rights Protocol
Consideration IRTF task force, CFRG + postquantum, and
WebAuth/FIDO/Token-Binding. Rather than say, attempting to invent a new
network stack ran by a proprietary company, which is what some in the EC
would due if left to its own devices.


On 04/08/2016 10:18 AM, Michiel Leenaars wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just wanted to flag this very interesting opportunity to decide on the
> fate of 750 million euro to be spent on the 'future of the internet',
> which might be interested to the folks in perpass because this is such a
> hard topic to get funding for. The source of this money is the European
> Commission's Net Futures directorate which was established to pioneer
> and coordinate research, innovation, and policy initiatives on what lies
> beyond the current Internet architecture, software and services.
> In its own words: it is now "updating its vision for the area,
> identifying key technological challenges and research priorities, and
> establishing a research and innovation agenda for the coming years". But
> it doesn't mention the whole surveillance crisis which seems like
> something that should be the number one priority.
> The fact that they put up an open consultation is the opportunity to
> change that lack of awareness. Any input can have a noticeable impact,
> because (as astounding as it is) for that huge budget only a few dozen
> responses are expected. Any response pointing to the need to invest in
> fixing the broken parts of the internet and its accumulated technical
> debt first, therefore makes a *real* difference.
> I've written up some background at the NLnet foundation website:
> The deadline is April 10th, which is insanely fast. But then again,
> responses need not be too long - a few lines will do as long as the
> submission flags somewhere that there can be only one real priority,
> which is to harden the internet and repair the fundamental design issues
> of the core of the internet in the post-Snowden era.
> Thanks for your help, and have a great weekend!
> Best,
> Michiel Leenaars
> (and apologies I've you've already received mail through some other
> channel, it is just such a unique opportunity that it touches many
> different issues)
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