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 6th SEEDIG annual meeting (SEEDIG 6) will be held in the spring of 2020. The exact date and host country are 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

CALL FOR ISSUES

1 October – 8 December 2019

Which Internet governance and digital policy issues should be discussed at SEEDIG and EuroDIG in 2020?

In a joint call for issues, SEEDIG and EuroDIG (the European Dialogue on Internet Governance) are inviting European stakeholders to submit proposals for issues to be discussed at their 2020 annual meetings.

The call for proposals is open between 1 October and 8 December 2019 (24:00 UTC).

In the online form, you can choose to propose an issue for SEEDIG, for EuroDIG or for both. 

You may suggest up to three (3) issues. If more than three proposals are submitted by the same person, only the last three proposals will be considered.

To keep in mind

This is a call for issues, not a call for session or workshop proposals. We expect you to tell us what particular Internet governance and digital policy issues you would like to see discussed at SEEDIG and/or EuroDIG in 2020.

When proposing issues for SEEDIG, please make sure they are of relevance for stakeholders in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.

  • Is there anything we talked about at SEEDIG 5 in Bucharest that you would want to see discussed again next year, maybe more in-depth?
  • Are there new topics we need to pay more attention to?
  • What Internet and digital policy issues do you think would be in focus by next spring in the SEE+ region?

We welcome proposals that fit within the categories below: access and literacy; development of the Internet governance ecosystem; human rights and data protection; innovation and economic issues; media and content; security and crime; technical and operational issues, and other.

PLANNING PROCESS

The timeline below describes the various stages in the planning process for SEEDIG 6. It is indicative at this stage and can be further amended, based on community input.

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? 

Help us find answers to these questions by responding to our call for issues.

As to previous years, we have a joint SEEDIG-EuroDIG call for issues. So you can suggest topics to be discussed throughout Europe, at both SEEDIG and EuroDIG in 2020. Or you can choose to only suggest topics for SEEDIG. Up to you.

Read more above.

Overview of proposals

By 15 December 2019 

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

Forming a Programme Committee

By 15 December 2019

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

Online planning meetings

Late December 2019

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One or two online public planning meetings are held, to review the submitted proposals and start developing a draft programme for SEEDIG 6.

Draft programme

By mid January 2020

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

Public comment 

By end January 2020

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

Final programme published

Early February 2020

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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

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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

February – April 2020

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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

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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

Date & host country tbc

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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.

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