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7–8 May 2019 | Bucharest

About SEEDIG 5

SEEDIG celebrated its fifth anniversary on 7–8 May 2019, in Bucharest (Romania). kicked-off on 6 May, with the third edition of the Youth School, an Internet 101 session, and a meeting of IGF initiatives in SEE+. The main programme, of 7–8 May 2019, was structured in four tracks, designed to cater to the interests of various parts of the SEEDIG community: security and trust; infrastructure and technologies for digital innovation; digital businesses: trends, challenges and regulations; and digital technologies: enhancing accessibility and skills.

SEEDIG 5 registered a record number of participants (195 in total) coming from 31 countries. Overall, 90% of all participants came from SEE+, 45% were women, and 22% were youth. 

Wrapping up SEEDIG 5

SEEDIG 2019 report

The annual report for the SEEDIG 2019 cycle covers: the SEEDIG 5 annual meeting and the related elements (including planning and follow-up); capacity development programmes run in 2019; intersessional work carried out during the year; as well as other highlights from SEEDIG activities.

Messages from SEEDIG 5

SEEDIG 5 featured discussions and exchanges of experiences on a broad range of Internet and digital policy issues. These discussions are reflected in key messages, outlining main takeaways, possible goals, and proposals for future actions. The messages represent the main output of the meeting.

SEEDIG 5 in numbers

SEEDIG 5 registered a record number of participants (195 in total) coming from 31 countries. Overall, 90% of all participants came from SEE+, 45% were women, and 22% were youth. The programme included 8 main sessions, 2 side-events and 3 pre-events. Check our infographic to find out more details about the meeting.

Check the programme outline for SEEDIG 5 and see the Internet policy and governance topics we discussed in Bucharest around the following main tracks. 

Security and trust
Infrastructure and technologies for digital innovation
Digital technologies: enhancing accessibility and skills
Digital businesses: trends, challenges and regulations

See also: Youth School debate outcome

Planning the meeting

Planning process

SEEDIG 5 was prepared in an open and inclusive manner, by the SEEDIG community.

Submitted issues

We received 110 proposals for issues to be discussed in Bucharest. Take a look.

Planning meetings

Read the summary report of the online planning meetings held on 17 and 18 December 2018.

Programme Committee

Meet our Programme Committee, which finalised the meeting programme.

Local partners

The 5th SEEDIG annual meeting was organised with the support of several local partners in Romania.

Institutional partners

Committee on communications and information technology, Senate, Parliament of Romania | Committee on information technology and communications, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania | Ministry of Communications and Information Society | National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM)  


Association for Technology and Internet (ApTI) | Association of Producers and Distributors of Information and Communications Technology Equipment (APDETIC) | Cluj IT | Digital Citizens Romania | InterLANNational Association for Information Systems Security (ANSSI) | National Association of Internet Service Providers in Romania (ANISP) | National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)

Supporting organisations

Throughout our work, we have been supported by several European and international entities. They advise us in planning and executing SEEDIG activities, participate in the SEEDIG overall process, and contribute to our outreach efforts. Some have been key financial contributors to SEEDIG, while others have provided in-kind support for our activities.

Regional partners

Our regional partners – entities based in SEE+ countries and active in the field of Internet and digital policy – are supporting our work and contributing especially to our outreach efforts.


We thank our sponsors for making SEEDIG 6 possible.