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Sixth annual meeting of the

South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance

  • SEEDIG 6 | Online meeting

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21-25 September 2020 About SEEDIG 6

Held for the sixth consecutive year – this time in an online setting – the annual meeting of the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders to discuss some of the most pressing Internet and digital policy issues in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+), from digitalisation and the digital economy, to online privacy and cybercrime. 

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Why you should attend SEEDIG 6

We want our region to use its human and technological potential to the fullest on its path to a sustainable and inclusive digital development, and to be an active contributor to European and global digital cooperation mechanisms. At SEEDIG 6, we will facilitate discussions on how to achieve these goals; join us to share your views and experience.

And because many of us are overwhelmed with online meetings, we are working to build SEEDIG 6 in a manner that makes it more than just another online event. We’ll play with session formats and digital tools, and place interactivity at the core of the meeting.

Regional focus

We are a regional initiative, so our discussions will focus on the realities and challenges of the SEE+ region, and the solutions needed to address them. All of this will, of course, be anchored into European and global debates.

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Great guests

Our sessions will feature great contributors and moderators from the region and beyond. We are also planning additional elements such as a VIP Lounge and a Living Library, featuring more selected guests.

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Interactivity

Interactivity is the keyword for SEEDIG 6. Our sessions will focus on debates and dialogue engaging all participants. Illustrations, infographics, polls, quizzes and other tools will be used a lot.

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Networking and fun

We won’t be able to meet in situ this time, but we’re still preparing fun and engaging networking spaces. Join us for thematic coffee breaks, our Moldavian wine evening, or the music night to interact with other participants.

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Register

Participation in the SEEDIG 6 meeting is free, but registration is required. Register now, and become a part of the biggest Internet governance event in the region.

The deadline for online registrations is 15 September 2020.

What topics we will discuss

Internet infrastructure

We will start by looking at current and emerging governance challenges for an open and decentralised Internet. We will then continue with discussions on infrastructure readiness for new technologies in SEE+ (from IPv6 and IXPs to 5G), building on the debates from SEEDIG 5.

Digitalisation

This track will kick off with a discussion on the interplay between digitalisation and depopulation in SEE+. Other debates will look at what it takes to develop a sustainable digital economy, and how to achieve environmental sustainability with the use of digital technologies.

Trust & security

How is the region balancing individual privacy rights with the public interest of preserving health in the context of COVID-19 tracking apps? What policies are in place to protect critical infrastructures from cyber-attacks? What is missing and how can regional cooperation be strengthened?

Advanced technologies

Is the SEE+ region properly equipped to take advantage of the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence (AI)? What is missing and should be tackled with priority? How are advanced technologies and smart solutions being used in times of crisis?

Digital cooperation

SEEDIG 6 discussions will be linked with the United Nations Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, as we will look at concrete modalities for the implementation of the Roadmap in the SEE+ region and by regional stakeholders.

See the SEEDIG 6 programme for a detailed overview of the topics to be discussed.

SEEDIG Messages

The main discussions will be reflected in SEEDIG Messages, outlining main takeaways, goals, and proposals for future actions. The messages represent the main output of the meeting. Through wide distribution, at regional, European and international level, they are meant to help inform and influence decision-making processes within governmental entities, national parliaments, companies, and regional organisations.

Thank you to our partners

Strategic partners

Sponsors

At SEEDIG, we believe that digital technologies have an important role to play in the sustainable economic and social development of South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+). In line with this belief, our vision is that of a healthy, sustainable and inclusive digital advancement of the SEE+ region. Our mission is to support such a digital advancement through facilitating multistakeholder dialogue and cooperation in addressing issues related to the use, evolution and governance of the Internet and other digital technologies across the region.

Highlights of our work include: five annual meetings; capacity development programmes; curation of monthly SEEsummary overviews of regional digital policy development; and region-wide surveys on relevant topics.

SEEDIG is a regional Internet Governance Forum (IGF) initiative, recognised as such by the UN-led IGF. At the core of our activities lies an open SEEDIG community, which includes stakeholders from all groups (academia, civil society, governments, intergovernmental organisations, the private sector, the technical community) and more than 20 countries in the SEE+ region and beyond.