Salle XII

The South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) will hold an outreach session during the IGF 2018 meeting. The session is open to the Internet community in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+), to SEEDIG’s partners and supporting organisations, and to anyone else interested in our work.

The agenda will include:

  • An overview of SEEDIG 
  • Updates on the planning process for the SEEDIG 2019 meeting, to be held in May 2019, in Bucharest (Romania)
  • Updates on current and planned capacity development programmes and intersessional activities (Youth School, Fellowship Programme, SEEsummary, SEEDIG Road Show, etc.)
  • Discussions on how SEEDIG could better contribute to the digital advancement of the SEE+ region
  • Brainstorming on ways and means to strengthen the SEEDIG community and expand its network of partners
  • Open debates on the future of SEEDIG

Session Type (Workshop, Open Forum, etc.): Outreach
Date & Time: 14 November, 13:30 - 15:00
Organizer(s): SEEDIG
Chair/Moderator: Sorina Teleanu, Chair, SEEDIG Executive Committee, Romania

Rapporteur/Notetaker: Jana Misic, SEEDIG intern, Serbia
List of speakers and their institutional affiliations (Indicate male/female/ transgender male/ transgender female/gender variant/prefer not to answer):
- all participants

Theme (as listed here): Evolution of Internet Governance
Subtheme (as listed here): /
Please state no more than three (3) key messages of the discussion. [150 words or less]
The future course of SEEDIG should include more emphasis on the local and national levels, deeply focused topics of relevance for the region, and more outreach and building partnerships.

Please elaborate on the discussion held, specifically on areas of agreement and divergence. [150 words] Examples: There was broad support for the view that…; Many [or some] indicated that…; Some supported XX, while others noted YY…; No agreement…
This was an outreach session, dedicated to updating the SEEDIG community on current and planned activities of the initiative. During the discussions, participants agreed that SEEDIG should strongly focus on its own region, with its own concrete activities, and ensure regional ownership of this platform for dialogue.
While many agreed that SEEDIG's model is strong, it was also underlined that this governance model does not assure that the work is done by itself. And the core team and the community need to find a way to ensure that the burden is shared among everybody. And the way to do that probably is to focus more on concrete activities and on building on what SEEDIG has already achieved.

Please describe any policy recommendations or suggestions regarding the way forward/potential next steps. [100 words]
SEEDIG's way forward should include a strengthened community, a more active and consistent presence in the region, more regional support (to complement the international one), more focus and relevance when it comes to topics addressed and activities undertaken, and enhanced overall sustainability


What ideas surfaced in the discussion with respect to how the IGF ecosystem might make progress on this issue? [75 words]
Please estimate the total number of participants.
Please estimate the total number of women and gender-variant individuals present.
More than half of the participants were women.
- To what extent did the session discuss gender issues, and if to any extent, what was the discussion? [100 words]


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