Jamal Shahin, Postdoctoral Researcher and Senior Lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and one of our NGI Champions, tells us about GIPO - the Global Internet Policy Observatory - and the human values in the Next Generation Internet. Jamal's research interests focus on global internet governance, political participation in the European Union, EU governance, and the impact of the internet on policymaking.
What merging internet challenges would you like to see supported here?
"As a non-technologist, what I think I can bring to the NGI forum is a tool that we’ve developed as part of another project and is now being developed in collaboration with speak NGI: it’s called the GIPO (Global Internet Policy Observatory).
With this tool we’re trying to keep interested individuals (stakeholders, researchers or activists in the field) abreast of the latest developments in internet governance policy and a range of different fields (jurisdiction, net neutrality, infrastructure and all sort of different topics).
It should also help develop a shared community from the technological, policy, research and civil society."
What emerging internet challenges would you like to see supported by H2020 programmes?
"I agree that the trust issue is very important, but I’d also like to think about the human values contained in the next generation of the internet.
This is one of the emerging challenges and we really need to think about how we develop certain projects that would integrate these kinds of more social, more human values, with the technical and the more hardcore engineering aspects in the future internet."