NGI_Trust supports the development of a human-centric Internet by developing a stronger European ecosystem of researchers, innovators and technology developers in the field of privacy and trust enhancing technologies. The NGI_Trust project put out its first call for proposals in February 2019 in order to support its objectives in terms of supporting developments in the field of privacy and trust enhancing technology, improving user trust and acceptance of emerging technologies and fostering the exploitation and commercialisation of trust and privacy projects. As part of this call, NGI_Trust funded 18 projects which will develop their proposals over the next nine to twelve months. The projects funded in the first call broadly support the following ideas: beyond passwords, better privacy, safer browsing and user control.
We need to move beyond passwords, and find a better way for users to manage the complexity of shared secrets and technical trust. 4 projects will work in this area, with projects looking at how we can use our mobile devices more effectively as tokens instead of the need for passwords, how we can better protect data on our mobile devices, and how we can improve the way that cryptography is used on hardware and in the core of our internet infrastructure. For more information see these projects: Keyn, COP-MODE, CryRev, and TCN.
It is essential for us to provide better privacy, particularly in areas where data is more sensitive and in how we present privacy information to our users. 5 projects will look at how we can both protect and utilise health data, how we deal with managing large amounts of data in the cloud and how we can better support users in understanding the legal issues around consenting to use services. For more information see these projects: b-smart, Edge-TINC, CAP-A, Deep Learning and MyPCH.
Safer browsing is essential to an ecosystem of privacy and trust. 3 projects will look at providing better informed safety for children online that doesn't block access unnecessarily to useful information, how we can improve VPN technology to provide a better user experience and how we can support the users needs more effectively in internet search rather than being driven by the wants of advertisers. For more information see these projects: CASPER, D4S, and ISIBUD.
To achieve a truly human-centric Internet, we need to have user control. The complexity and options when navigating a globally connected internet can be a daunting task. 6 projects will focus on user control to ease the decision making and customisation of settings to give the user a role in their internet. For more information see these projects: Cozy Cloud, EUACTIVE, DECIDE, Protect Yourself, INSTANT, and Decentralised Messaging.
For more information on the projects please visit: Funded Projects Call 1.