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2019 Research Funding for Data Collection on Consolidation

Applications for research funding are now open.

In February 2019, the Internet Society released its annual Global Internet Report, which confirmed that the Internet is facing change, due to trends of consolidation in services at all levels. While this study highlighted some key features of consolidation and emerging trends in Internet development, it also generated more questions than answers.

As part of the Internet Society’s mission to support and promote the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, we will continue to explore the scope and real effect consolidation can have to the Internet’s infrastructure and future. To this end, the Internet Society invites interested parties (researchers/individuals/organizations) to apply for funding for further data collection related to the issue of consolidation. The goal is to assemble a repository of unique and novel data to be made openly available for interested researchers.

Specific topics for which we seek related data include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic and technical dependencies, including those that might cause a favoured status that constrain the Internet’s natural evolution.
  • Impact of consolidation on “digital divides” and network developments in developing economies.
  • The extent to which consolidation is a result of particular characteristics of the service involved.
  • New Internet traffic patterns and network practices as a result of consolidation.
  • The impact of consolidation on the development of new protocols, standards, or practices.
  • Technical drivers for large-scale operations and consolidation.
  • Regulatory consideration, whether from the perspective of consumer protection, competition, or administrative law.
  • Impact of consolidation on innovation and/or cybersecurity
  • Consideration of how emerging technologies (e.g. 5G) may impact consolidation and fiber access networks.

Interested applicants will be able to apply for funding for smaller or larger projects (up to $30.000), and the data collected by successful projects will be published under a Creative Commons license (CC BY 4.0).

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