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24–25 May 2017 | Ohrid

About SEEDIG 2017

Building on community input, SEEDIG’s third annual meeting was planned as a two-day event. The pre-event day (24 May) had a strong capacity development focus, as it included, among others, sessions dedicated to the SEEDIG Youth School and the SEEDIG Fellowship Programme, a meeting with IGF initiatives from the region, and the now traditional Introduction to Internet governance session, to set the scene for the discussions that were to follow. The second day focused on Internet-related topics that the community identified as most relevant for discussions.

This year, SEEDIG was held in conjunction with the International Regulatory Conference (IRC) 2017. The event, organised by the Agency for Electronic Communications of the SEEDIG 2017 host country, traditionally attracts electronic communications regulatory authorities and the telecom industry from the region. The decision to organise SEEDIG and the IRC together was taken with the aim to build synergies between the Internet governance and telecom communities and bring them together to discuss topics of common interest. As such, SEEDIG sessions on the afternoon of 24 May and on 25 May were planned as joint sessions, and featured in the programme of both events.

Messages from SEEDIG 2017

The ‘SEEDIG Messages’ are the main takeaways from our annual meetings; they reflect the discussions and are endorsed by participants.

In focus

SEEDIG 2017 report

The annual report for 2017 contains information about the SEEDIG 2017 annual meeting, our capacity development programme, and intersessional activities.

SEEDIG 2017 programme

Under the theme Digital development: Turning challenges into opportunities, SEEDIG 2017 featured debates on a broad range of Internet and digital policy issues.

Event brochure

For details about the overall content of SEEDIG 2017, check our event brochure. It also includes messages from our partners and supporting organisations.

Planning process

SEEDIG 2017 was planned in an open and transparent manner, by the SEEDIG community, under the coordination of the Executive Committee. The  milestones presented below were part of the planning process. In addition, several online meetings were held with org teams to prepare the SEEDIG 2017 sessions.

  • Online planning meeting for organising teams III: 10 April 2017 | Summary report
  • Online planning meeting for organising teams II: 15 March 2017 | Summary report
  • Online planning meeting for organising teams I: 23 February 2017 | Summary report
No.MilestoneIndicative Timeline/Deadline
1.Call for issues (joint EuroDIG and SEEDIG call)October – December 2016
2.Inventory of proposals (74 proposals received)Early January 2017
3.Virtual planning meetingWeek of 16 January 2017
4.Draft programme outline publishedWeek of 23 January 2017
5.Participation in the EuroDIG planning meeting31 January 2017
6.Public comment on draft programmeBy 5 February 2017
7.Registration opens1 February 2017
8.Final programme outline publishedWeek of 6 February 2017
9.Forming initial organising teams for sessionsBy 20 February 2017
10.Building the sessionsFebruary – April 2017
11.Survey of Internet governance in SEEMid February – early April
12.Registration closes10 May 2017
13.SEEDIG meeting25 May 2017

SEEDIG 2017 partners


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