ABOUT SEEDIG 6

SEEDIG holds annual meetings focused on fostering dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+) in addressing relevant Internet and digital policy issues.

Such issues range from closing the digital divide to taking advantage of the opportunities offered by emerging technologies such as the Internet of things and artificial intelligence.

The sixth annual SEEDIG meeting (SEEDIG 6) will be held in May 2020, in Chișinău, Moldova. The exact date is to be confirmed.

As per tradition, SEEDIG 6 will be prepared in an open and inclusive manner, with the involvement of the SEEDIG community, and in line with the process and principles described below.

IN FOCUS

SEEDIG 6 Planning meetings

On 15 January 2020, two online public meetings will be held as part of the planning process for SEEDIG 6. Both meetings will have the same agenda.

Draft agenda

1. SEEDIG 6

  • Updates from the Executive Committee & local host
  • Overview of proposals submitted by the community
  • Discussion on programme structure and content
  • Programme Committee & next steps
  • Outreach
  • Other updates

2. Discussion on recent developments within SEEDIG

3. AOB

Meetings schedule and online participations details

Both meetings will be held via the Webex platform. If you have not used Webex before, please check the instructions available at the bottom of this page.

SEEDIG 6 Planning meeting I.a

15 January 2020 | 13:00 – 15:00 CET

Meeting link: Join the meeting

Meeting number: 846 948 886

SEEDIG 6 Planning meeting I.b

15 January 2020 | 18:00 – 20:00 CET

Meeting link: Join the meeting

Meeting number: 848 645 706

SEEDIG 6 PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

The Programme Committee works on shaping the programme for SEEDIG 6.

  • Meri Baghdasaryan, Ara Ghazaryan Law Office LLC, Armenia
  • Andrea Beccalli, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Italy/Belgium
  • Marina Bzovîi, Moldovan Association of Information and Communications Technology Companies, Moldova
  • Desara Dushi, Ministry of Justice of Albania & Albanian-American Development Foundation, Albania
  • Sarkhanbay Khuduyev,  Academy of Public Administration, Azerbaijan
  • Gergana Petrova, RIPE Network Coordination Centre, Bulgaria/Netherlands
  • Oliana Sula, University “Aleksander Moisiu”, Albania
  • Veronica Ștefan, Digital Citizens, Romania
  • Predrag Tasevski, IGF MKD, North Macedonia

In accordance with the PC Guidelines, at least one member of the Executive Committee (EC) should join the PC as a full member. Given the ongoing EC elections, the current EC members will jointly contribute to the work of the PC. A full member representing the EC will be appointed after the election process is completed.  

Programme Committee Guidelines

1. The SEEDIG 6 PC will be formed following a public call for volunteers. For efficiency purposes, the group will be composed of up to 10 members. If more volunteers express interest, the SEEDIG Executive Committee (EC) will appoint PC members from among the volunteers, taking into account the need to create a balanced committee, with overall expertise and experience required to prepare a balanced and relevant programme, in accordance with SEEDIG principles (e.g. Session principles, Programme planning process etc.).

2. The PC will work on shaping the programme for SEEDIG 6, in close coordination with the EC and with the involvement of the broader SEEDIG community. The overall responsibility for ensuring that the meeting programme is aligned with SEEDIG’s mission, vision and principles rests with the EC.

3. Members of the PC are expected to, inter alia:

a. Review the proposals submitted for SEEDIG 6, discuss them with the SEEDIG community in at least one online planning meeting, and elaborate a draft programme for SEEDIG 6.

b. Publish the draft programme for public comment. Then incorporate comments submitted during the public consultation period(s) into the final programme, to the largest extent possible.

c. Define the structure of the programme, considering past SEEDIG experiences as well as the need to adapt the meeting to the needs and realities of the region.

d. Shape and define sessions and other elements included in the SEEDIG 6 programme, in terms of title, focus, format, key participants, moderators etc.

e. Make sure that the overall programme is cohesive, consistent, focused and relevant. For example, the programme should include topics of interest for as many stakeholder groups as possible (especially those usually less represented at SEEDIG meetings), and the discussions should be focused and relevant for the SEE+ region.

f. Develop mechanisms (such as org teams for different sessions, public consultations, online meetings etc.) to allow the SEEDIG community to contribute to the programme planning process in an open, inclusive, efficient, and effective manner.

g. Actively participate in building the programme, including through participation in online meetings, reviews, drafting of session descriptions, identification of possible key participants and moderators etc.

h. Strive to make decisions on the basis of consensus, to the largest extent possible. Where consensus is not possible, then a formal vote may be held; in the case of voting, decisions shall be taken by simple majority.

i. Be team players, impartial in their judgement, honest and open to discussion.

4. PC members elect a Chair who coordinates the work of the PC: scheduling and chairing meetings, ensuring communication with the SEEDIG community and the SEEDIG EC, working towards ensuring active participation of PC members etc.

5. At least one (1) member of the EC is a full member of the PC and contributes to all PC activities.

CALL FOR ISSUES

83 proposals for SEEDIG 6

In a call for issues which was open between 1 October and 8 December 2019, we invited interested stakeholders to tell us what we should talk about at our annual meeting in 2020 .

In response to this call, we received 83 proposals for Internet governance and digital policy issues that were considered relevant and timely for discussion at SEEDIG 6 in May 2020.

Proposals by Theme

Proposals by Stakeholder Group

PLANNING PROCESS

The timeline below – last revised in December 2019 – describes the various stages in the planning process for SEEDIG 6. 

Call for issues

1 October – 8 December 2019 

***

What topics should we talk about at SEEDIG 6? Which Internet governance and digital policy issues are of high interest for stakeholders in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area? 

We invited the community to help us find answers to these questions by responding to our call for issues.

In response to this call, we received 83 suggestions for topics to be discussed in Moldova in May 2020.

Read more above.

Overview of proposals

By 31 December 2019 

***

Proposals submitted in response to the call for issues are compiled  and made publicly available.

Forming a Programme Committee

By mid January 2020

***

A Programme Committee will be formed (following a call for volunteers) to shape the programme for SEEDIG 6. 

Online planning meeting

Mid January 2020

***

An online public planning meeting is held to review the submitted proposals and start developing a draft programme for SEEDIG 6.

Draft programme

By late January 2020

***

A draft programme is built based on the submitted proposals and the discussions held at the online planning meeting(s).

Public comment 

By mid February 2020

***

The community is invited to review the draft programme and submit comments and suggestions for improvement.

Final programme published

By late February 2020

***

A final programme outline is built based on the draft programme and the comments received during the public comment period.

Online registration

February – April 2020

***

Participation at SEEDIG 6 is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Participants will be able to register online, via the SEEDIG website.

Building the sessions

February – April 2020

***

The Programme Committee (PC) will fine-tuning the programme for SEEDIG 6, in close cooperation with the Executive Committee. In doing so, the PC will:

  • Further shape the sessions, in terms of title, focus, format, key participants, moderators etc. 

  • Ensure that the overall programme is cohesive, consistent, focused and relevant. For example, the programme should include topics of interest for as many stakeholder groups as possible (especially those traditionally less represented at SEEDIG meetings). The discussions should be focused and relevant for the  SEE+ region.

  • Develop mechanisms (e.g. public consultations, online meetings) to allow the SEEDIG community to be periodically informed about and consulted on the programme. 

Online survey

March – April 2020

***

In preparation for the annual meeting, an online regional survey will be conducted on one or several digital policy issues of relevance for SEE+.

SEEDIG 6 meeting

May 2020 | Chișinău, Moldova

***

In situ and online participants will discuss Internet governance and digital policy issues from a SEE+ perspective, and will develop the SEEDIG Messages.

SESSION PRINCIPLES

Irrespective of the session format, ample time should be allocated to interactive discussions among all participants (key participants, attendees, etc.). The moderator should engage all participants on a sustained basis throughout the session.

Online participation is an integral part of the sessions. All sessions should have a designated online moderator. On-site session moderators should pay equal attention to both on-site and online participants.

Sessions should focus on specific current and emerging Internet governance and digital policy issues that are of particular interest to the Internet community in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.

Sessions should focus on specific current and emerging Internet governance and digital policy issues that are of particular interest to the Internet community in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.

Sessions should ensure diversity of views, in terms of multistakeholder, national, regional and gender representation. Efforts should be made to include youth views into the discussions. A mix of both experts and new voices should be included in the sessions.

Innovative sessions formats (other than the panel type sessions) are encouraged. PowerPoint presentations are not recommended.

Efforts should be made to avoid having key participants/moderators repeated in different sessions.

Where applicable, sessions should not include more than five (5) key participants/resource persons. It is NOT a must for sessions to have key participants or resource persons. Some sessions can only rely on moderators who will guide the discussions among all participants.

All sessions should be reflected in key messages. The process for preparing these key messages is the following: Each session should have a rapporteur who will be responsible for taking notes during the session and preparing, in an objective manner (trying to reflect all views expressed, including the divergent ones), 3-5 bullet points representing the main results of the debates. These bullet points should, to the extent possible, be forward looking, through, for example, reflecting goals and proposals for activities that could be initiated after SEEDIG. The rapporteur will present these bullet points at the end of the session, asking for agreement or disagreement (NOT a debate, just a 'yes' or a 'no') from the audience. Those bullet points accepted by the audience will be considered the session key messages.

Back to top