Neuropil’s potential is increasingly acknowledged. This is reflected in funding, cooperation projects and partnerships. Here are some of our current projects. If you would like to find out more, get in touch to have a chat with us!

NGI Zero Discovery Fund
Search and discovery - data owners decide
Neuropil is funded through the NGI0 Discovery Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet program.

In this project we aim to create distributed search engine capabilities based on Neuropil, that enable the discovery and sharing of information with significantly higher levels of trust and privacy and with more control over the search content for data owners than today's standard. As of now large search engines have implemented "crawlers", that constantly visit web pages and categorize their content. The only way to somehow influence the information that is used by search engines is by using a file called „robots.txt“. Other algorithms are only known to the search engine provider. By using a highly standardized "intents" format that protects the real content of users, this model is reversed: data owners define the searchable public content. As an example we seek to implement the neuropil messaging layer with its extended search capabilities into a standard web server to become one actor and to handle and maintain the search index contents of participating data owners. By using the Neuropil messaging layer it is thus possible to build a distributed search engine database that is able to contain and reveal any kind of information in a distributed, concise and privacy preserving manner, without the need for any central search engine provider.

Why this actually matters to end users

Search and discovery are some of the most important and essential use cases of the internet. When you are in school and need to give a presentation or write a paper, when you are looking for a job, trying to promote your business or finding relevant commercial or public services you need, most of the time you will turn to the internet and more importantly the search bar in your browser to find answers. Searching information and making sure your name, company or idea can be discovered is crucial for users, but they actually have little control over this. Search engines decide what results you see, how your website can be discovered and what information is logged about your searches. What filters and algorithms are are used remains opaque for users. They can only follow the rules laid out for them, instead of deciding on their own what, where and how to find the information they are looking for.

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International Data Spaces Association
a standard for data sovereignty

The International Data Space Association seeks to build a standard for data sovereignty. With the establishment of the International Data Spaces Association, business and research take an active part in designing a trustworthy architecture for the data economy. More than 101 companies and institutions of various industries and sizes from 20 countries including several Fortune 500 companies, global acting medium-sized companies, software and system houses are members of the association. The IDSA aims to guarantee data sovereignty by an open, vendor-independent architecture for a peer-to-peer network which provides usage control of data from all domains.

We joined IDSA in 2019 and are involved in the architecture work group and take part in on- and offline events. This membership is important to us because we believe in building ecosystems with rules to enforce data ownership and that will increase the transparency and the quality of data. Data sovereignty should be at the heart of every European Enterprise.

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