SEEDIG's third annual meeting takes place soon
- SEEDIG Organising Team
Plans are underway for the third annual meeting of SEEDIG (South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance) which will take place in Ohrid, Macedonia, on 24-25 May 2017. Read on to find out more.
SEEDIG is a sub-regional IGF initiative recognised by the United Nations-led Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The overall objective of SEEDIG is to facilitate discussions, exchanges and collaboration on internet-related issues among various actors (governments, the private sector, civil society, technical community, academia) in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area, and beyond. The initiative functions as a process, which includes an annual meeting, as well as various other activities carried out throughout the year.
Since 2015, SEEDIG has organised a unique, open, inclusive, and multistakeholder annual conference on various topics related to the internet. The agenda is developed by the community, in a bottom-up and inclusive manner.
SEEDIG's third annual meeting will be held on 24-25 May 2017 in Ohrid, Macedonia, and will be hosted by the Agency for Electronic Communications. Local institutional partners include the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, the Macedonian Academic Research Network, and the Macedonian Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies.
The programme of the meeting will feature the following broad topics: access, digital divide, and telecom market regulation; the Internet of Things (IoT); human rights online; cybersecurity; Internationalised Domain Names; and open data.
SEEDIG 2017 will be held in conjunction with the Regulatory Conference 2017 (organised on 24-26 May 2017, by the Agency for Electronic Communications).
Who will be there?
SEEDIG 2017 will enjoy the presence of high-level officials from Macedonia and beyond, including the Agency for Electronic Communications, the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the United Nations, and national telecom regulatory authorities and ICT ministries from countries in the region.
How can you benefit?
SEEDIG is a unique conference on internet matters that gathers all relevant stakeholders from the region, but also from the international internet arena. It is a great opportunity to hear other perspectives, share your views, and network with many stakeholders.
How can you actively participate?
SEEDIG is not a usual conference, where speakers come and present their topics and participants simply listen. Sessions at SEEDIG are planned by and for the community, in such a way that they allow for interactions among literally everyone in the room. There are no keynote speakers, and no PowerPoint presentations. If sessions have key participants, they only set the scene for discussions.
Within this framework, you are more than welcome to join the organising teams for any of the sessions included in the SEEDIG programme. By doing this, you will contribute to planning the session, and making sure that the specific issues you are interested in will be tackled within the session. And, at the session itself, you will contribute your views and experiences to the discussions, together with everyone else.
SEEDIG is supported through voluntary contributions (both monetary and in-kind) from private companies, public entities, and international organisations. Donations, no matter how big or small, are welcome at any point. What is offered in return? Visibility at the event, in every possible way. Take a look at the dedicated page for more details.
Do you have any question about SEEDIG 2017? Do you need a formal invite to attend the meeting? Would you like to contribute to any of the sessions in the programme? Are you interested in learning more about the sponsorship opportunities? Please send an email to Sorina Teleanu at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
SEEDIG is supported by the following regional and international organisations:
Council of Europe | DiploFoundation | European Commission | European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) | Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) | Internet Governance Forum (IGF)| Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA) | Internet Society (ISOC) | RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC).
This information was supplied by the SEEDIG Organising Team and is republished here with permission.
- Auke Pals (Youth representative)
Auke Pals, 19, is a part-time high school student, a member of the Dutch Digital Youth Council, and a youth representative of European Digital Youth. Here, he reflects on his attendance at SEEDIG – the South Eastern Europe Dialogue on Internet Governance – and his ability to contribute to internet governance issues as a young European citizen.