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.

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Originally planned for Chisinau (Moldova)*, SEEDIG 6 moves online and will be held on 21–25 September. While the content of the main programme remains largely the same, the structure and format will change. More updates will follow.

* We thank our partners in Moldova for their commitment to hosting a SEEDIG meeting and for keeping their doors open to the SEEDIG community for SEEDIG 7 in 2021.

SEEDIG 6 programme

The SEEDIG 6 programme outline is now available.

The programme outline was built by the SEEDIG 6 Programme Committee (PC), taking into consideration the 83 proposals submitted during the call for issues and the discussions held during the two online planning meetings. A public consultation on a draft programme was also held between 1 and 15 April 2020.

As the programme planning process continues, the PC will continue working on further shaping the session. Details such as the type and length of sessions, the in-depth focus, and the structure are currently being defined.

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 (PC Chair)
  • 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

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.

Planning process overview

The timeline below outlines the main elements that are part of the planning process for SEEDIG 6.

Call for issues

1 October – 8 December 2019 

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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 about the proposals.

Overview of proposals

By 31 December 2019 

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

Forming a Programme Committee

By mid January 2020

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

Online planning meeting

15 January 2020

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Two online public planning meetings were held as part of the planning process for SEEDIG 6. Read the summary report summarising the discussions.

Draft programme

By 1 April 2020

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The Programme Committee built a draft programme outline for SEEDIG 6, based on the submitted proposals and the discussions held at the online planning meeting(s).

Public comment 

1-15 April 2020

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

Final programme outline published

By 30 April 2020

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

Online registration

July – August 2020

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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

April – August 2020

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The Programme Committee (PC)  fine-tunes the programme for SEEDIG 6, in close cooperation with the Executive Committee. In doing so, the PC further shapes the sessions, in terms of title, focus, format, key participants, moderators etc.; and ensures that the overall programme is cohesive, consistent, focused and relevant. Milestones in this process:

Late April – end May 2020 | A new round of public consultations inviting the SEEDIG community and SEEDIG partners to submit suggestions for key participants and session formats. 

30 April 2020 | The Programme Committee and the Executive Committee hosted an online meeting to discuss the next steps in the SEEDIG 6 planning process. A summary of the discussions is available.

June 2020 | When a decision was made to move SEEDIG 6 to an online format, the SEEDIG community and SEEDIG partners were again invited to contribute ideas and suggestions on the meeting structure and format.

Online survey

tbd

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In preparation for the annual meeting, an online regional survey may be conducted on one or several digital policy issues of relevance for SEE+. The results would feed into the SEEDIG 6 discussions.

SEEDIG 6 meeting

21–25 September 2020 | online

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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.

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