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Dedicated to SEE+
At SEEDIG, we believe that digital technologies have an important role to play in the sustainable economic and social development of South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+). In line with this belief, our vision is that of a healthy, sustainable and inclusive digital advancement of the SEE+ region.
Our mission is to support such a digital advancement through facilitating multistakeholder dialogue and cooperation on addressing issues related to the use, evolution and governance of the Internet and other digital technologies across the region.
From SEEDIG 6 to SEEDIG 7
SEEDIG 6 Messages
SEEDIG 6 – our sixth annual meeting – was held online in September 2020. The event spanned a week and included a mix of classical sessions and creative elements. We discussed digitalisation and depopulation, trust and security, AI, the digital economy and more.
The debates were reflected in SEEDIG Messages, outlining main takeaways, goals, and proposals for future actions.
Annual report 2020
We look back at the work carried out at SEEDIG during the 2020 cycle (between October 2019 and December 2020). Included in the report: the SEEDIG 6 annual meeting (planning process, programme, messages, stats, etc.), our capacity development programmes (Youth School, SIDI), the SEEsummary in review, the COVID-19 tracking apps project, a budget overview, and our sponsors and partners.
Planning SEEDIG 7
SEEDIG’s seventh annual meeting (SEEDIG 7) is scheduled to be held in September 2021 either in Chisinau, Moldova or as an online or hybrid meeting.
Check the dedicated page for more info on what has happened so far in the lead-up to SEEDIG 7. And see how you can contribute to the planning process.
SEEDIG Executive Committee: Partial elections
The SEEDIG Executive Committee – in charge with coordinating SEEDIG activities – is elected by the community through an open election process, in line with the community-approved Terms of Reference for the Executive Committee (ToR).
In January 2021, a partial election process was initiated for two seats on the Executive Committee. Read more about the process and where it stands at the moment.
What we do
We hold annual meetings to foster dialogue and cooperation between SEE+ stakeholders in addressing relevant digital policy issues, from closing the digital divide to taking advantage of the opportunities offered by emerging technologies such as the Internet of things and artificial intelligence.
We work to empower the SEE+ community through our capacity development programmes – such as the Youth School and the Fellowship Programme – dedicated to raising awareness on digital policy issues and strengthening the capacity of regional stakeholders to engage in addressing such issues at national, regional and international levels.