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Fellowship Programme


Fellowship Programme 2017

On 24–25 May 2017, SEEDIG held its third annual meeting, in Ohrid. In the context of this meeting, a SEEDIG Fellowship Programme was organised, thanks to a generous contribution from the Internet Society.

Selected fellows were provided with full or partial financial support for attending the annual meeting. They were expected to engage prior to, during, and after the SEEDIG meeting with the Fellowship Programme coordinators, their selected peers, mentors, as well as to actively contribute to SEEDIG activities. More specifically, they were asked to:

  • Attend and actively participate in online preparatory meetings, to be held before the SEEDIG meeting.
  • Contribute to SEEDIG inter-sessional activities, both prior to and after the annual meeting.
  • Contribute to the planning process for the SEEDIG meeting, by acting as members of sessions organising teams.
  • Act as rapporteurs and/or online moderators for sessions included in the SEEDIG programme.
  • Actively participate in other activities specifically designed for them during the meeting.



The programme involved several components. Prior to the Ohrid meeting, fellows were invited to contribute to the SEEsummary of regional Internet governance developments, and they also attended an online session. In Ohrid, they had a hald-day dedicated session, on 24 May. During the SEEDIG meeting itself, fellows acted as rapporteurs and online moderators.

Ohrid session

Session facilitators: Arvin Kamberi, DiploFoundation | Ceren Unal, Internet Society

09:00 – 09:15 | Introductions

  • Fellows, SEEDIG


09:15 – 09:45 | Overview of several organisations in the Internet governance ecosystem

  • Ceren Unal, Internet Society
  • Andrea Becalli/Siranush Vardanyan, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Gergana Petrova, RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)


09:45 – 11:15 | Presentations and debates

  • Internet governance in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area – developments and events in May (presentations by fellows)
    • Each fellow will have about two minutes to present one development/event he/she has written about in preparation for the May summary of regional developments. Other fellows or session participants may ask questions.
  • Quick debates on pre-selected topics
    • Participants will be split into two teams, and presented with one topic at a time. Each topic will have a pro and a contra side, and each team will have to advocate for one of the two sides. Each debate will not last more than 5 minutes.
    • Example of a topic:
      • Pro: E-voting and Internet voting are the democratic way to ensure inclusion, transparency, accuracy and efficiency.
      • Contra: E-voting is too insecure to trust my vote to.
    • Presentations of developments/events and quick debates will be intercalated.


11.15 – 11.30 | Conclusions and way forward: Fellows’s future engagement with SEEDIG


  • Andra Bucur, Romania (government)
  • Andreea Rusu, Romania (civil society)
  • Andreea-Maria Tîrziu, Romania (Academia)
  • Anesa Agović, Bosnia and Herzegovina (civil society)
  • Belma Kučukalić, Bosnia and Herzegovina (civil society)
  • Cătălin Vrabie, Romania (academia)
  • Domen Savič, Slovenia (civil society)
  • Fotjon Kosta, Albania (government)
  • Lia Gubashvili, Georgia (private sector)
  • Marija Blagojević, Serbia (civil society)
  • Mzia Gogilashvili, Georgia (government)
  • Nenad Marinković, Serbia (civil society)
  • Olga Kyryliuk, Ukraine (civil society)
  • Su Sonia Herring, Turkey (civil society)
  • Ucha Seturi, Georgia (private sector)
  • Vladimer Svanadze, Georgia (civil society)