22–23 September 2020
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.
SEEDIG annual meetings are organised with the support of public and private entities in the host country.
The support offered by these entities varies on a case-by-case basis and can include elements such as:
- Financial support
- In-kind support (venue, technical equipment, Internet connectivity, etc.)
- Communication and outreach support
- Contribution to the programme building process
- Other forms of support agreed with the Executive Committee
Discussions are ongoing with other entities and new partnerships are to be announced soon.
The SEEDIG 6 Programme Committee (PC) has prepared a draft programme outline for SEEDIG 6, taking into consideration the 83 proposals submitted during the call for issues, as well as the discussions held during the two online planning meetings.
The PC has structured the draft programme in three blocks which outline focus areas that are relevant for the SEE+ region and different stakeholder groups. Each block contains multiple segments, outlining specific issues for discussion. The segments could evolve into stand-alone sessions of different duration or could be otherwise re-framed in the next stages of the planning process.
Based on public input, the programme outline will be further developed by PC. Details such as the type and length of sessions, the in-depth focus, and the structure will be defined in later stages. The timeline of the overall programme (i.e. the succession of sessions) can also be changed later on. Proponents of topics submitted during the call for issues and the overall SEEDIG community will continue to be involved in the planning processes, and mechanisms (such as regular consultations) will be implemented to allow them to provide further input
The draft programme outline for SEEDIG 6 is subject to public consultation between 1 and 15 April 2020. We invite issues proponents, SEEDIG community members, as well as our supporting organisations and partners to review the outline and share comments and suggestions via e-mail, to pc[at]seedig.net, or via the SEEDIG mailing list (seedig[at]rnids.rs).
When preparing your comments, you could consider the questions below:
- Are the blocks and the segments clearly framed? How to further develop them?
- Is the overall programme outline focused, relevant (for the SEE+ region and for the different stakeholder groups) and balanced? How could these elements be enhanced?
Call for issues
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.
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.
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 was formed (following a call for volunteers) to shape the programme for SEEDIG 6.
By 1 April 2020
***The Programme Committee builds a draft programme outline for SEEDIG 6, based on the submitted proposals and the discussions held at the online planning meeting(s).
By 15 April 2020
The community is invited to review the draft programme and submit comments and suggestions for improvement.
Final programme outline published
By 30 April 2020
A final programme outline is built based on the draft programme and the comments received during the public comment period.
June – August 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
April – August 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.
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
22–23 September | 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.