The South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) is a sub-regional IGF initiative dedicated to open, inclusive, and informal dialogue on Internet governance issues among all interested stakeholders in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE)
The SEEDIG process was launched in a bottom-up manner, in 2014, as a response to a need, as perceived by the regional Internet community, for a platform to facilitate discussions and collaboration on Internet-related issues of relevance for the region.
SEEDIG has the following objectives:
- Raise awareness and promote a better understanding of Internet governance issues among stakeholders from South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.
- Build and strengthen the capacity of these stakeholders to actively participate in national, regional, and international Internet governance processes.
- Facilitate multistakeholder discussions, exchanges, and collaboration on Internet‑related issues that are of particular concern for stakeholders in the region.
- Strengthen linkages between the Internet governance realities in the region and the pan‑European and global Internet governance processes.
SEEDIG function as a process that includes:
- An annual meeting and the related preparatory steps
- Intersessional activities
This process is planned and run in a bottom-up, open, inclusive, and transparent manner, by the SEEDIG community.
Membership of the SEEDIG community is determined by voluntary participation in a designated public and open mailing list, and/or by participation in SEEDIG activities. The community, which includes stakeholders from all groups (governments, intergovernmental organisations, private sector, technical community, civil society, academia) and from various countries in the region, is open-ended, and anyone interested is welcome to join at any time.
Coordination of SEEDIG activities is done by an executive committee , which is multistakeholder and regionally diverse.
SEEDIG does not make decisions, but it can infuence those who do. The open discussions held at the annual meetings are refected in key messages, outlining main takeaways, possible goals and proposals for future actions. These messages are then distributed at national, regional, and global level. SEEDIG discussions and messages can, in turn, help inform and infuence decision-making processes within governmental entities, national parliaments, companies, regional organisations, etc.
How is SEEDIG related to EuroDIG and the global IGF?
SEEDIG has been inspired by the IGF and EuroDIG, at is aimed at maintaining close connections with both, in line with its objective of creating synergies between local Internet governance realities (concerns, challenges, etc.) and the pan-European and global processes. In addition to benefiting from support from both the IGF and EuroDIG, SEEDIG aims to feed into these two processes.
At global level, the results of the SEEDIG discussions are conveyed to the IGF, as contributions from the SEE community. For example, SEEDIG annual reports are submitted to the IGF and are published on the IGF website.
At European level, synergies are created between the SEEDIG and EuroDIG processes. Starting 2016, SEEDIG and EuroDIG run joint call for issues, inviting the regional communities to submit topics for discussion at the annual meetings. This has been done both for practical reasons (being more efficient and effective for individuals to submit proposals for both processes via one single form), as well as in order to try to better understand whether there are topics that the community sees as relevant both for South Eastern Europe and for the wider Europe. Further, SEEDIG annual meetings are viewed as a milestone in the EuroDIG preparatory process. Thus, results of the SEEDIG discussions are to be integrated into the EuroDIG session planning process and become an inclusive part of the EuroDIG programme. Specific details on how the linkages between SEEDIG and EuroDIG are put in place for each cycle are developed by the SEEDIG community and the EuroDIG Secretariat.
Whom do I contact for more information?
If you have any suggestions or, questions about SEEDIG, please do not hesitate to contact the SEEDIG executive committee.