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SEEDIG 2017 Programme

24–25 May 2017 | Ohrid

Digital development: Turning challenges into opportunities

Pre-event |  Main event

Pre-event | 24 May 2017

08.30 – 13.00

SEEDIG Youth School

Pre-event where students get prepared to participate in SEEDIG.

09.00 – 11.30

SEEDIG Fellowship Programme

SEEDIG fellows meeting: Overview of Internet governance developments across the region and debates on hot topics.

11.30 – 13.00

Meeting of IGF initiatives 

Exchanges on activities, good practices, and challenges.

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30

(S1) Internet governance: A puzzle or a Tower of Babel?* 

Internet became an integral part of our daily lives. Yet, some European areas are under-connected or unconnected, facing many issues related to security, rights, and freedoms. Who shapes the Internet of today, and how do we move forward to meet better conditions?

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30

(S2) Need for speed: Broadband challenges, issues, and trends 

Today, investments in high-capacity broadband network infrastructures are desirable for economic growth and necessary for high-bandwidth demanding services. With its 2020 Digital Agenda for Europe, the European Commission has set out targets for ultra-fast broadband coverage and take-up. But there are many challenges among all parties about how to achieve these goals and how to make sure that these ultra-fast networks are available to all users: policy makers, operators, service providers, etc.

17.30 – 18.30

SEEDIG association: discussion



Main event | 25 May 2017

09.00 – 09.30

Opening & Welcoming remarks 

Marta Arsovska-Tomovska, Minister of Information Society and Administration (host country)
Sasho Dimitrijoski, Agency for Electronic Communications (host country)
Sorina Teleanu, SEEDIG executive committee/DiploFoundation

09.30 – 11.00 

(S3) True or false? Guess! Fake news, misinformation and the role of media literacy

Fake news or old propaganda, the world had being always confronted by lies, challenged by truth, and asked for the ability to distinguish opinions from facts. How does technology impact on the possibility to deceive lies? Is media literacy enough to fight against the amplifying power of algorithms? Do we need to rethink media literacy? And if yes, how?

11.00 – 11.30

Speakers’ corner & Coffee break

SEE regional Internet of Things and other capacity building activities

New generic top-level domains (new gTLDs)

How to cripple the Internet in 5 simple copyright reform steps

11.30 – 13.00

(S4) How can the Internet of Things develop and be implemented in the right way? 

The Internet of Things can bring numerous improvements to our lives. But it can definitely create numerous new problems and dangers. What are the benefits? What are the problems? And how can we mitigate as many of the problems as possible in order to be able to benefit the most from its capabilities?

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 14.30

Open data: Overview of policies and initiatives in SEE 

Open data in five countries from SEE

14.30 – 15.30

(S5) Internationalised domain names (IDNs): Status and perspectives in SEE 

The state of IDNs in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.

15.30 – 16.00

 Speakers’ corner & Coffee break

Mobile security and pen testing

Net neutrality and zero rating: Regulatory experience across Europe

Perspectives of e-voting in SEE

16.00 – 17.30

(S6) Cybersecurity: national and regional priorities and cooperation 

What are and what should be the strategic cybersecurity priorities in various countries? Do they feature human rights, IoT, critical infrastructure, awareness, conflict prevention and public-private partnerships and how (should they)? Is there cooperation among stakeholders and among countries in the region already in these main fields? What can be documented as good practices in the region, what are the main obstacles, and how to improve cooperation?


Conclusions & Wrap-up 

Online participation

  • Jovan Kurbalija, DiploFoundation
  • Chengetai Masango, Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum

Final remarks from all SEEDIG supporting organisations represented in Ohrid


Sightseeing & Dinner

26 May 2017

11.30 – 16.00

Boat tour & Lunch 

* Given that the SEEDIG 2017 meeting will be held back to back with the International Regulatory Conference 2017 (organised on 24 – 26 May, by the Agency for Electronic Communications – also host of SEEDIG 2017), the sessions on the afternoon of 24 May and all sessions on 25 May will feature in the programme of both events. These sessions are intended to create synergies between the two events, and bring the two communities together in discussions on topics of common interest.