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SEEDIG 2018 Programme

23–24 May | Ljubljana

Digital transformation and digital society in SEE

Day 0  |  Day 1  |  Day 2

Day 0 | 22 May 2018

09:00 – 17:30

SEEDIG Youth School

09:00 – 17:30

SEEDIG Fellowship Programme

16:00 – 17:30

Internet governance under the magnifying glass [newcomers session]
  • Internet governance: why, what, how?
  • Key organisations and processes in the Internet governance ecosystem
  • Debate


Welcome cocktail

Day 1 | 23 May 2018

08:00 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:15

Opening & Welcoming remarks
  • Branko Zorman, Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP)
  • Dušan Caf, Host of SEEDIG 2018, Member of SEEDIG Executive Committee

09:15 – 10:30

Data & data governance in SEE*
(S1) Digitalisation & digital policies in SEE: National priorities and regional cooperation [High-level session]

Digitalisation is a buzzword these days, but what does it actually mean for South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area? How are countries in the region taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the Internet and digital technologies? What do they do to minimise the risks associated with the use of these technologies? And how can regional cooperation help the various actors address the challenges of digital transformation?

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:30

Preparing for a data-driven economy in SEE
(S2) Digital skills and lifelong learning in the data economy

This session is aimed to discuss how data economy and digital skills can foster inclusion and expand global opportunities for lifelong learning, brought by the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Higher productivity and greater competition are putting additional pressure on job seekers, while digital migrants have to gain more flexibility in order to adapt to permanent digital transformations. We invite you to share your experiences as to how we can make the SEE community digitally smart and equipped with proper digital skill-set.

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Data flows: What makes them & breaks them
(S3) Is the Internet neutral? From network neutrality to platform neutrality

The previous battle in the war for a free and open Internet was about net neutrality — equal access for all to the plumbing level of the Internet. One can say that there are clear rules now in place for this. But are the rules are good enough to serve their goal while at the same time allowing new innovative business models? The difference between the EU and the US regulatory frameworks will help understand the impact of the rules better. In parallel to the net neutrality at the pipe level, the next battle seems to be about content neutrality — equal access for all to the content level of the Internet. Some say that content neutrality is more important than net neutrality. It is not about what speed is available to what service but about which voices are heard and which are suppressed. Should it be guaranteed by law or can we hope that the platforms will be impartial and neutral about the content they are hosting? What remedies are available to handle this issue? Privacy law? Regulating content? Competition law? Consumer protection law?

15:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 17:30

Data & rights
(S4) Digital rights in SEE: Between awareness and enforcement

Multiple documents adopted by international organisations (such as the UN, the Council of Europe, and the European Parliament) have recognised that the same rights that humans have offline should also be protected online. However, the interplay between rights and responsibilities on the Internet may result in contradictory needs and behaviours. This world café session will focus on these contradicting needs and wants, around three themes:

    Freedom of expression online & access to information
    Children’s rights online
    Gender rights online


Securing your data
SEEDIG Cryptoparty [Informal]

Join our Cryptoparty to learn and share your knowledge about digital privacy. We will not only talk about online privacy, but we will also show you how to install and use privacy protection tools.



Day 2 | 24 May 2018

09:00 – 10:30

Securing all data
(S5) Cybersecurity: National frameworks and regional cooperation

A look at national cybersecurity frameworks in SEE countries, roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders, and similarities and different approaches in building cybersecurity capacities. Plus a discussion on whether and how national frameworks could be aligned, whether there are successful examples of regional cooperation on cybersecurity matters, and how can such cooperation be enhanced.

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:30

Basic requirements for data flows
Lightning talks on technical issues
  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6): Deployment in SEE
  • Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs): Any progress since SEEDIG 2017?

11:30 – 13:00

Owning, using & governing data
(S6) The click-economy: The practical implementation of data protection in the digital economy

With data as a central commodity in the digital economy, the use of personal data creates many questions and concerns regarding the protection of the rights we have as consumers. However, it also creates a chance for different actors to create innovative solutions to ensure and put these rights into practice. These developments are affected by the coming into force of a new EU legal framework through the General Data Protection Regulation and the discussions around the new ePrivacy Regulation. This session will also address issues such as awareness, gaps in the digital economy, how to ensure innovation and data governance for new services such as the Internet of Things.

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 16:00

Data for development
(S7) Data-driven technologies: Expectations and practical implementation in SEE

What contributes to and what restricts the development of data-driven technologies (Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, etc.) in SEE? In which areas of the economy and society are such technologies actively implemented or already used? What challenges do these technologies come with? Join this world café and pick your issue to discuss:

Artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics
Blockchain technology
Internet of Things

16:00 – 16:30


16:30 – 17:30

(S8) Internet governance in SEE: Putting the puzzle together

A look at Internet governance initiatives across SEE, from national Internet Governance Forums to SEEDIG. What do they have in common? To what extent can they work together? How do they feed (or should) into European and global Internet governance processes? And what next for SEEDIG?



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* Data is a cross-cutting topic for SEEDIG 2018, and an anchor to link the different sessions included in the programme.