January 2, 2018

SEEDIG 2018: List of proposals

The list below contains the issues proposed for discussion lekt the SEEDIG 2018 meeting. More details about the proposals, including statistics and details about the proponents, are also available.

ID Suggested issue Theme Suggested participants Notes from proponent
1 Digital friendly cities in South East Europe: best practices and future challenges. Access & literacy
2 User-centricity guiding principles challenges in digital public services delivery Access & literacy
3 Digital migrants within digital inclusion policies Access & literacy
4 Managing digital cultural capital in Europe Access & literacy
5 Digital literacy as a necessity in education Access & literacy
6 The expanding digital divide due to new literacy skill gaps Access & literacy Prof . Mutlu Binark (Hacettepe University and Alternative Informatics Association, Turkey) ; Ernest Zhanaev ( Freedom House, Caucasus and West Europe Regional Coordinator); Cansu Aydemir (Media Literacy Association Co-founder, Turkey); Prof. Renee Hobbs (Media Literacy Lab, University of Rhode-Island, USA); Su Sonia Herring (ISOC-Turkey and TECH-Women Asia Web manager); Michel Bauwens (European Commons Assembly, Commons Transition Network Founder) I can act as a moderator and take initiative in organizing the above-mentioned issue and series of activities related to it.
7 Internet of opportunities and equal access to digital dividends Access & literacy
8 The role of community networks in enabling sustainable access Access & literacy Maarit Palovirta, ISOC; Leandro Navarro, GulfiNet; Michael Oghia, Independent; someone from WLAN Slovenija
9 Challenges in connecting remote areas Access & literacy
10 Community networks – drivers of sustainability Access & literacy
11 Broadband strategy development Access & literacy Particularly Interested how to build successful business / sustainability case.
New technologies and solutions.
What state can do? Provide free frequencies, Invest in infrastructure, provide shared access to infrastructure?
Access in underdeveloped – remote areas. Broadband development strategy – lessons learned and future path. What are lessons learnt from not very reach countries of Europe (Eastern/South Europe) / World.
Availability of funding – donors, local funding models?
12 Awareness of data management and critical Internet literacy Access & literacy Fotjon Kosta, Albania IGF\Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Albania
13 Parenntal awareness on children online protection Access & literacy
14 Towards a South Eastern European region ecosystem: perspectives and challenges Development of IG ecosystem
15 Challenges of implementing Internet governance educational programs in formal and non-formal education in Europe Development of IG ecosystem
16 European IG initiatives map and calendar Development of IG ecosystem Anja Gengo, IGF Secretariat, NRIs; Markus Kummer, IGFSA; Jean-Jackues Sahel, ICANN; Frederic Donck, ISOC; RIPE; Mariya Gabriel, European Commission; Michal Boni, European Parliament; Council of Europe NRIs are recognized as one of the main achievements of IGF. European IG initiatives map and calendar can help to boost synergy between European NRIs, major European and global IG stakeholders, to plan and organize NRIs in the most optimal way.
Special attention has to be payed to youth initiatives.
17 Cross-border liability, jurisdiction and Internet governance Development of IG ecosystem Cláudio S. de Lucena Neto, Professor of Law, Center for Legal Studies Paraíba State University (UEPB), Brazil
PhD Candidate, Research Centre for the Future of Law Católica Global School of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
18 Blockchain for IG: where and what for within the Internet Ecosystem? Development of IG ecosystem ISOC , IANA, UN veto countries
19 Translate IG in other languages than English? Development of IG ecosystem Sebastien Bachollet, Matthias Hudobnik
20 Smart governance Development of IG ecosystem Professor Vasile Baltac, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration; Professor Lasse BERNTZEN, University College of Southeast Norway The topics here will be around: Enabling supply & demand side policy,
Transparency & Open data,
ICT & e-gov
21 Local & national broadband development initiative for SEE countries (promoting economic & social development) Development of IG ecosystem
22 Implementation of GDPR: Issues and challenges in EU and SEE countries Development of IG ecosystem
23 Trend of IoT and broadband connection in SEE Development of IG ecosystem
24 Regional cross-border digital policies for better Internet ecosystem and sustainable development Development of IG ecosystem
25 Data protection in the online world Human rights (privacy)
26 Children digital rights evolution as strategical priority in European development agendas Human rights (privacy)
27 Safer Internet “friendly” future agendas in South Eastern Europe Human rights (privacy)
28 Learning to be private despite the challenges in the social media age Human rights (privacy)
29 Internet freedom: at the edge of liberty and security Human rights (privacy) Nicolas Seidler, Senior Policy Advisor, Internet Society; Bissera Zankova, President of Media 21 Foundation, Bulgaria The suggested issue may cover threats posed to Internet freedom by restrictive legislative practices and Internet shutdowns
30 Privatised law enforcement Human rights (privacy) EDRi, Liberties.eu, Copyright for Creativity, Max Plank Facebook and YouTube are becoming the new Internet police and more and more private actors are granted power to regulate online content. This endangers our freedom of speech and creates a system of control and censorship for our online freedom. This issue can be discussed either in light of the recent proposal for a EU copyright reform, or as a stand alone topic (or both).
31 EU copyright reform Human rights (privacy) EDRi, Copyright for Creativity, Mozilla, Spotify, Meame, COMMUNIA, EBLIDA, Liberties.eu The EU copyright reform proposal is currently being discussed in the European Parliament. The lead committee (JURI) will vote on 23 January 2018 and then the proposal will be discussed in the trialogue procedure. It is still uncertain how long the take since the proposal is very controversial. Many civil society, academia, librarians, researchers, start ups and innovative businesses urged the European Parliament to safeguard their rights and especially to delete articles 11 and 13. It is important to have a follow up discussion after JURI vote and to raise more awareness regarding the measures that have been proposed.
32 ePrivacy Regulation Human rights (privacy) Since the ePrivacy Regulation was voted in the European Parliament an informative discussion on the topic would be timely.
33 GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Human rights (privacy) The GDPR will become enforceable in May 2018. It would be suitable to have discussion over this topic and see who’s ready to implement GDPR – especially from the South Eastern European Countries.
34 Zero knowledge cryptography & Ethereum Human rights (privacy) 1. Vitalik Buterin, chief scientist, Ethereum Foundation, technical, Canada, male. Creator of Ethereum technology.
2. Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, founder and CEO, Z Cash, technical, US, male. Creator of zero knowledge proof.
3. Jacob Eberhardt, Technische Universitat Berlin & ZoKrates project, technical and academia, Berlin, male. Creator of ZoKrates project which is a framework for building privacy enhanced applications on top
of Ethereum.
4. Vinay Gupta, founder, Mattereum, techical and policy, London, UK, male. Thought leader and a hell of a smart guy.
5. Andreas Antonopoulos, University College London, technical and academia, US, male. Powerful speaker, thought leader and blockchain advocate.
6. Patrick McCorry, Newcastle University, technical and academia, London, UK, male. He is able to give a practical example; his initiative deals with building an anonymous online voting system on
the Ethereum platform.
7. Adrian Ford, president, Z Trust Foundation, technical, California, US, male. He is able to offer a practical example; he is working on a decentralized anonymous reputation protocol.
Zero knowledge protocols opened a new privacy realm in the crypto space. Cryptoenthusiasts might already be familiar with ZCash, however, there are new opportunities for other types of applications to be developed – spreading far beyond financial transactions – that make use of these technologies to deliver unprecedented user privacy and auditability. We will soon be looking at a new category of decentralized blockchain-based apps that have the potential to bring full anonymity to a global scale, building on top of Ethereum’s recently added support for zero knowledge proofs. What kind of Dapps (decentralized applications) do we need? How do they help us? What are the challenges and opportunities?
35 Internet Freedom Network for Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia: showcasing successful example of regional cooperation Human rights (privacy) Vesna Kardalevska, Regional Coordinator, Internet Freedom Project, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association, civil society, Macedonia
Bogdan Manolea, Executive Director, NGO “Association for Technology and Internet”, civil society, Romania
Filip Stojanovski, Program Coordinator, Metamorphosis Foundation, Contributor at Global Voices, civil society, Macedonia
Levan Avalishvili, Deputy Executive Director, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), civil society, Georgia
Asomiddin Atoev, Project Coordinator, Public Fund “Canadian International Innovation Program” (CIIP), civil society, Kyrgyz Republic
36 Ethical use of personal data – GDPR and MyData as vehicles for a fair and human-centric data economy Human rights (privacy) Key participants would include a diverse set of influencers in the MyData community.
The MyData community around the world consists of entrepreneurs, activists, academics, listed corporations, public agencies, and developers. For years, we’ve been using different words for what we do – MyData, Self Data, VRM (Vendor Relationship Management), Internet of Me, PIMS (Personal Information Management Services) etc, while sharing a common goal: to empower individuals with their personal data, thus helping them and their communities develop knowledge, make informed decisions, and interact more consciously and efficiently with each other as well as with organisations.
See https://mydata.org/ and www.mydata2018.org
Note: a similar topic has been suggested for the Innovation and economy session.
The MyData topic cuts through both – but the fundamental issues of personal data is one of the top defining issues of the future of the internet (according to Tim Berners-Lee), and can thus be looked at from various angles. Thank you for your consideration.
37 “This video is not available in your country” – How geoblocking imposes on the freedom of legal access to cultural goods Human rights (privacy)
38 Private, personal identification number (OIB) – User data – being used to create digital identity yourname.from.hr at public service DNS.hr which is exposed in online registers and available to anyone who has an Internet connection Human rights (privacy) Aida Mahmutović, Balkan School on Internet Governance/DIPLO/SEE As a enthusiastic student, hope this will got to the right hands to warn Croatia’s goverment about the big issue we have on relation between the law and policies, user data privacy and risks getting our identity compromised with few clicks online. I have proofs of this issue which is still possible to do, moreover I was invited to talk about this issue on local radio news and have written long read article on my personal blog which is also covered with video material.
39 National legislations about of Internet access as an inalienable human right Human rights (privacy)
40 Personal data protection Human rights (privacy) Lana Galdava; Natia Mrelashvili
41 Understanding the Internet economy Innovation and economic issues Too early. Happy to deliver names once the session is accepted. Happy to support and/or speak at such a session. I’m interested in a data driven debate and less in a purely opinion driven discussion.
42 Mobile Internet and the app economy: explore the far reaching implications of this shift to a mobile Internet, analyzing from different perspectives how it effects Internet openness, the goal of getting all connected, and the achievement of a sustainable and inclusive Internet. Innovation and economic issues
43 The Impact of online platforms on the digital transformation of our societies Innovation and economic issues
44 Consumer rights: enhancing transparency and consumer empowerment Innovation and economic issues
45 Perspectives of impact of digital currency on financial system and financial governance in South Eastern Europe Innovation and economic issues
46 The future and gaps of the digitalisation of the economy in South East European Countries Innovation and economic issues
47 Digital media and emerging technologies’ impact in economic development in South Eastern Europe Innovation and economic issues
48 Activating e-skills in the digital economies: a policy matter? Innovation and economic issues
49 Digital commerce and data in Europe Innovation and economic issues
50 Shape of the future: The regulation of the cryptocurrencies Innovation and economic issues Key participants should be the stakeholders from all groups and sectors, with special focus on civil society, security and governmental sector. If you need any help with this subject, I would be very lucky to help! Thank you!
51 Digitization of agriculture and food production Innovation and economic issues Representatives of Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition; Representatives of World Economic Forum I am interested in the digitization of agriculture and the economy in general.
52 The future of blockchain and cryptocurrency in Southeastern Europe Innovation and economic issues Arvin Kamberi (DiploFoundation)
Jure (Coin.si)
53 Impact of upload filters on the European start-up ecosystem Innovation and economic issues Tomaž Golob, Young Pirates of Slovenia
54 Internet neutrality Innovation and economic issues Tomaž Golob, Young Pirates of Slovenia
55 Net neutrality Innovation and economic issues
56 Crypto currency and blockchain Innovation and economic issues One of the most important development in a field of inovations and economic issues
57 Financial inclusion challenges due to its dependency on digital inclusion Innovation and economic issues Microfinance digital delivery channels experts; Women Financial Inclusion topic experts
58 IoT development – public – private partnerhips Innovation and economic issues IoT associations and independent experts What could be successful models of public – private partnership to start using IoT solution in the country. Role of the government in promotion of these solutions . Regulation and security.
59 Fake news Media & content Paolo Cesarini, Head of Unit, Media Convergence and Social Media, DG CONNECT, European Commission 2018 events will coincide with the end of the consultation process recently launched by European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. A participation to a session on fake news would be the opportunity to inform of the results of the large-scale consultation process (public consultation, Eurobarometer, workshops, etc.) and present the Communication on fake news and online disinformation that should be adopted end of the Spring. M. Cesarini is also participating to the IGF 2017 as speaker.
60 Fact checking and source verification methods Media & content Jakub Janda (European Values ThinkTank); Yevhen Fedchenko (Stopfake.org); Verification Handbook Team (European Journalism Centre); young experts tbc
61 Understanding the relationship between audiences and microtargeting in relation to Dis/Mis&Malinformation campaigns Media & content Jakub Janda (European Values Thinktank)
62 Strategic narratives in the new media ecology Media & content Prof. Alistair Miskimmon (Queen Belfast University)’ Dr. Joanna Szostek (Royal Holloway); Dr. Tyushka (College of Europe); Nadia Tjahja (YCIG) The concept of strategic narratives is an upcoming inter-disciplinary field that elaborates on the complexities of international politics today and it’s relationship with the media, especially in regard to how influence works in a new media environment. I have proposed this topic and would aim to contribute but I have also listed myself as a speaker due to my background in the topic and continued study.
63 (Big) data journalism and freedom of speech in South East European region Media & content
64 Propaganda and fake news debunking Media & content Tamar Kintsurashvili, executive director of MDF; Sopo Gelava, researcher; Dali Kurdadze, researcher
65 Social media, censorship, and Internet governance in democracies in transition Media & content I would like to recommend a few experts from Ukraine Crisis Media Center (Anna Honcharyk) and Ministry of Information; a President of Digital Communications Network Artur Gurau or myself (Digital communications network is an organization, which connects different stakeholders across media, government, and in-between); and representatives working in the area of Open Government Partnership, dealing with issues of transparency, open data, and social media monitoring. I would like to report on the event as a journalist because this is my background (I have been working in the media, and now, am a member of a large media network in Eastern Europe)
66 Data governance for the Internet of Things Media & content
67 Conversational web Media & content Christen, Michael (yacy); Leenars, Michael (NLNET); Cheyer, Adam (Apple)
Tunstall-Pedoe, William (evi); Lenat, Douglas (cyc); Wright, Steve (Leeds beckett University); Ryan Germick (google)
Voice and spoken interaction as the next phase in interface development, with personal home assistants and the like
68 How to fight fake news Media & content Representatives of countries with strong Russian propaganda / new democracies What are successful models to fight propaganda in social media without limiting human rights
69 Intermediaries liabilities and content – frontlines for FOE and censorship Media & content
70 Anti Western propaganda, fake news and soft power – Internet content of SEE countries Media & content
71 Initiate discussion on code of conduct , ethical code, – “age of consent” – taking the responsibility for not just our actions but our collective ethical behaviour online , protecting the digital network that is going to define who we are and what we ““grow” up to be in the future.  As in Sofia SEEDIG , let’s reaffirm the slogan “Let us shape the internet and not let  internet shape us!” Media & content
72 Public sector and innovation Other Vitor Carvalho (Technology) Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave; Duarte Duque (technology) Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave; Paula Tavares (Design) , Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave; Claudio Carvalho (Design), Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave; Irene Portela (Law ), Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave the current loss of trust between the state and citizens is due to several externalities but it is possible to reverse this imbalance by using innovation. Often the “lack of democracy” that a government is accused of is nothing more than bad management. Innovation can give true meaning to Democracy.
73 Impact of artificial intelligence on children’s AI , IoT and other ICT products, services, and children’s rights Other Tba Emerging issues to be integrated with WSIS outcomes
74 Tackling gender issues on the Internet in the SEE Other
75 Personal data protection GDPR the impact on DNS and Internet Other ICANN is looking forward to share its experience in dealing with the impact of GDPR on the DNS and reconciling the multistakeholder policy model with national and regional legislations The issue of GDPR and impact on the DNS falls under the general, cross-cutting theme of ‘laws in the digital age’ / reconciling regional and national legislative proposals with the technical realities of the Internet, and with the challenge to maintain its global and open character.
The relevant categories are: Security and crime, Human rights, Technical & operational issues
76 Promotion of youth engagment in Internet governace from Albania and SEE Other Fotjon Kosta, Albania IGF\Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Albania
77 Governments vs Fake news vs Media Other I would like to contribute as org team, expert, co-moderator, remote moderator , speaker
78 Privacy = Personal data vs Social media Vs IoT Other
79 Copyright reform Other https://twitter.com/aimigipi DiginsiteBlog EU Copyright reform is affecting all categories to different degrees.
This is a key issue affecting internet governance for everyone.
80 Internet data governance in the modern world Security & crime Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation The issue of state governance of the Internet data is crucial nowadays since the usage is greatly spread. The function of state is to provide secrure data usage, but what if the data itself has to be used? How could it be regulated that the state interference is legal? And in which capacity? It all has to be covered in the topic of public and private data usage. To which extent and how we are protected by law in case of data protection. The topic proposed is going to explain major rules for a data protection.
81 Cybersecurity Security & crime
82 Drafting and implementing national cybersecurity strategies in South Eastern European Region Security & crime
83 The need for cybersecurity cooperation in the SEE Security & crime
84 Cybersecurity strategy: best practices and examples in the SEE Security & crime
85 Cybersecurity Security & crime
86 Informational security; Informational war; Cyber attack Security & crime Tamar Alpaidze
87 Compatibility of international standards between the EU and non-EU countries for security and stability of Internet on the global level. Policy of ENISA in this regard Security & crime
88 Importance of International cooperation of national CERT’s as a guarantee of security and stability of Internet. Role of the FIRST in this direction Security & crime
89 Dependency of security and stability of global Internet on national strategies of cybersecurity. Policy of cybersecurity of the EU Security & crime
90 Raising awareness among teenagers towards current cyber threats. The importance of education for reduction of threats in cyber space Security & crime
91 Importance of development process of legislation of cybersecurity for each members of the EU, and recommendations for non members of the EU Security & crime
92 Data is a new oil of the digital economy. Is data protected? Vision and policy of the EU on existing issues Security & crime
93 Cybersecurity as a fifth dimension of military operations. Hybrid wars. Cyberspace is a place for propaganda and fake news. The approach and policy of the European Union Security & crime
94 “My Data” initiative: Data protection awarreness in Albania, SEE and Europe Security & crime Fotjon Kosta, Albania IGF\Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Albania
95 Cybersecurity issues and challenges in Albania and SEE towards EU agenda Security & crime Fotjon Kosta, Albania IGF\Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Albania Would you like to contribute as Org team, remote moderator, moderator even speaker
96 SEE countries in a corporate collaboration agenda for identifying the common Critical Information Infrastructure in the region as the key for safer internet and suistanable economic development Security & crime Fotjon Kosta, Albania IGF\Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Albania I would like to contribute as org team, expert, co-moderator, remote moderator , speaker
97 Implementation of cybersecurity strategies vs cybersecurity legal framework in SEE and Europe (issues & challenges) Security & crime
98 New issues and challenges on cybersecurity\cyber-crime in Europe Security & crime
99 How do we integrate the discussion of issues pertaining to artificial intelligence in to the existing IGF framework ? Technical & operational issues Tba UN AI for Good Summit 2017
100 IPv6 deployment Technical & operational issues
101 Blockchain usage challenges (Track) Technical & operational issues Karaarslan, Enis (Affiliation:ISOC Turkey Chapter); Koç, Serhat (Affiliation:ISOC Turkey Chapter); Genty, Clement (Affiliation: EURALO); Erbguth, Jörn (Affiliation: University of Geneva, Geneva School of Diplomacy) A blockchain track is proposed which unites different blockchain topics in several sessions (which includes two previous proposals). We think the topics are too broad to fit into one workshop/session

The proposal will include:
– How will blockchain based decentralized applications affect the Internet Governance (technical and law issues)
– Distributed self governance of blockchains and global external governance
– Decentralized blockchain DNS in countries
– How to regulate the energy waste of blockchains
I can act as a speaker and also a moderator and take initiative in organizing the above-mentioned issue and series of activities related to it.

102 Blockchain, bitcoin Technical & operational issues
103 Best technologies for connecting remote mountainous regions Technical & operational issues
104 Even though it looks like that the use of IDN domain names has not been very popular, exchange of the information, experiences, good practices and ideas from the countries that have already launched an IDN ccTLD and the countries that might request/get it Technical & operational issues I submitted the same proposal two years ago, and I believe that this topic does not “expire”, it is always popular and of interest for the countries of SEE region many of which have a specific alphabet. This year host of EURODIG, that has .გე IDN, could pass experiences it has.
105 IDNs and universal acceptance Technical & operational issues