Next-Generation Techno-Social and Legal Encryption Access and Privacy (NEXTLEAP)

In the wake of the Snowden revelations, public trust in the Internet has eroded.

The H2020 CAPS European project NEXTLEAP ended in December 2018. Some publications are already available in open access, others in preparation.

NEXTLEAP aims to create, validate, and deploy communication and computation protocols that can serve as pillars for a secure, trust-worthy, annotable and privacy-respecting Internet that ensures citizens fundamental rights. For this purpose, NEXTLEAP will develop an interdisciplinary internet science of decentralisation that provides the basis on which these protocols will be built.


  • Inria (coordinator)
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique
  • Institut de recherche et d’innovation
  • University College London
  • Merlinux

Francesca Musiani presents the Nextleap project

NEXTLEAP combines expertise from across different disciplines in order to develop a set comprehensive answers to questions surrounding privacy and society. The team is spread across Europe and includes specialists in computer science, formal protocol verification, sociology, social philosophy, cryptography and engineering.

Francesca Musiani, as leader of the WP 3 on “Social Design and Philosophical Foundations of Decentralization”, and Ksenia Ermoshina participated in this project.