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NGI Fediversity Background information

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Who is behind this?

This grant program is courtesy of Fediversity. Fediversity is a pilot within the Next Generation Internet initiative. The partners within the consortium are:

Three of the partners (Open Internet Discourse foundation, NORDUnet * and Tweag) are themselves designing, building and validating new technical building blocks, which is the primary objective of Fediversity. NLnet Foundation is involved with the secondary objective of the programme, which is to provide an agile, effective and low-threshold funding mechanism to enable additional development efforts. In other words: part of the budget of Fediversity (15% to be precise) is reserved for open calls to fund free and open source efforts that are aligned with the topics and approach of Fediversity.

*Fun fact: NORDU.net is the oldest active domain name on the internet, registered on January 1st 1985.

This funding is available to individual researchers and developers, as well as small (potentially distributed) teams of them, to research and develop important new ideas that contribute to the establishment of the Next Generation Internet — and in particular the domain of reproducible deployment and high availability hosting technologies. Fediversity shares this approach with programmes like NGI Zero and of course with other pilots like TALER and Mobifree.

The money for the pilot is kindly provided by the European Commission DG CNECT.

External Review Committee

NLnet has installed a External Review Committee for this fund. This External Review Committe consists of independent experts from the internet and open source field, academia and the public sector. The committee receives no remuneration for its work, and its members have no other economic interests with any projects funded by the programme.

The External Review Commitee receives the outcome of the selection process, and independently validates that all the projects that are selected are indeed eligible for funding, budgets are frugal, and that there are no other concerns.