[Icann-see] Pre-EuroDIG South Eastern European Round Table

Sorina Teleanu sorina.teleanu at cdep.ro
Sat Nov 22 16:40:14 CET 2014

Dear all,

As you have seen in the EuroDIG newsletter circulated by Sandra, EuroDIG has re-confirmed the plans for a SEE round table the day before EuroDIG 2015. As the time is running quickly, I think we need to kick-start the discussions on the preparations for this event.

First, many thanks to Sandra and Wolf for their responses and suggestions in reply to my previous email and to Dusan for setting up this mailing list.

Base on these latests exchanges, I think there are few things we should start considering/discussing about. I am listing them below, together with a summary of our previous discussions,  and kindly invite all of you to share your thoughts.

1. Objective of the event and expected results

Q: What do we want to achieve with this event? Capacity-building/awareness raising etc?

Previous discussions:
- “There is lack of awareness among policy and decision makers of the importance of digital policy and Internet governance. New Policy guidelines of the European Commission outline digital policy as one of the top priorities of Europe in future (see a blog). While they will realise it sooner or later, we need to help it happen sooner and focus on building capacities of the governments and institutions to deal with new issues in a meaningful way (security with freedoms, data protection and privacy with security, open market with net neutrality, etc).”
- “Initially, explaining the benefits of multistakeholder approach for national IG; then, building multistakeholder policy-making mechanisms (like CGI.br) in SEE countries; also increasing cooperation among the SEE states on IG issues (cybersecurity may be a first good step for cooperation).”
- Address the lack of understanding of the Internet as an ecosystem (Internet and IG regarded as a technical and judicial issue) and the need for basic education on IG;

2. Identifying the key needs/issues/possible themes

Q: What should be the theme(s) of the event? What issues do we want to discuss?

Previous discussions:
- the need for capacity building, and responding to a perceived lack of information on IG issues;
- recognizing what are Internet governance issues in the first place;
- learn more about what is ICANN; what are registries / registrars;
- security & privacy;
- the multi-stakeholder model - what is community-driven policy? How does it work?
- digital divide;
- IDNs;
- content localisation;
- cybercrime;
- censorship/interference with content.

3. Format and duration of the event

This is closely related to point 2 above and the number of issues we choose to discuss.

Q: How to frame the discussions? What format should the event have? Do we aim to have a half day event or a full day event?

Based on our previous discussions, and having in mind that we all admit there is not much awareness in SEE about IG, in general, my initial thoughts would be the following:

We could use this event to: promote understanding about IG/IG issues; raise awareness and interest to participate in regional and international IG debates; explain the importance of developing multistakeholder IG models at national level.

With such "objectives" is mind, I would see this event unfold in two sessions, under a general theme along these lines "Multistakeholder Internet governance: from the global debates to the SEE realities". The first session would be a more general one, in which to first explain the notions of IG, multistakeholder model, existing IG fora and institutions and then have an open discussion on why and how stakeholders in SEE should be more involved in IG debates and why and how to develop national multistakeholder mechanisms for IG. For the second session, we could choose one or two IG issues that are relevant from our region and have a discussion on how these issues are currently addressed within the region and how they could/should be further addressed within a multistakeholder framework, based on existing best practices and sharing experiences (for example: digital divide, development of local content,  management of ccTLDs etc.).

As I have said, these are just some initial, general thoughts that I am sharing as a starting point for discussion. Please add in your suggestions and let's start building this event.  I understood that the Bulgarian host of EuroDIG 2015 will also come up with some ideas soon.


While I know this email is already long, there are few more things I would like to mention:

a. Do not forget about the EuroDIG's call for proposal: http://www.eurodig.org/get-involved/call-for-proposals/?no_cache=1 . I think it is also important for all of us to contribute to the EuroDIG call, as the input submitted will shape the agenda of the next year’s EuroDIG. Thinking about what Wolf mentioned in one of his previous emails, it would be good to have the SEE voice heard not only during the pre-event, but also within the EuroDIG itself.

b. We also need to think about how to get people from the region to actually attend the pre-EuroDIG event. First, we need to spread the word about this event and try to bring as many people as possible to Sofia. What resources can we use for this? Suggestions?
Second, EuroDIG is making efforts to attract funding for supporting travel for participants, but they also need our help. Does anyone have any idea/suggestion about who to approach to help with such funding? Maybe national ccTLD registries can help out sponsoring few participants from their countries; in addition to .mk, .rs, .bg and .ro, whose representative I understand are already on this list, can we reach out to other ccTLDs from the region?

c. Regarding organizational aspects: Should we set up a small group of volunteers to take forward this process, keep track of our discussions, and maintain communication with the EuroDIG team?
Also, Sandra has informed me that a EuroDIG mailing list will be provided later for us to move the discussions on this specific event there. And that we would need to indicate a contact person to be included in the EuroDIG team's page: http://www.eurodig.org/about/team/

Thank you all for your patience in reading this far and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,



Sorina Teleanu
Parliamentary assistant
Chamber of Deputies
Parliament of Romania
2-4 Izvor Street, Bucharest, Romania
Tel: +40 21 414 1842
E-mail: sorina.teleanu at cdep.ro
Website: www.cdep.ro

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