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

Narine Khachatryan ms.narine.khachatryan at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 21:39:58 CET 2014

Dear Sorina and all,

Thank you very much for the detailed introduction.

For the moment,  I suggest to add to the key possible themes initially
drafted for the  SEE round table pre-EuroDIG 2015 the topic of  human
rights of Internet Users.

I am happy to volunteer and participate further in the discussion of
agenda, funding, organisational and other issues.

Best regards,


On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM, Sorina Teleanu <sorina.teleanu at cdep.ro>

> 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
> --------
> 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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Narine Khachatryan
Safer Internet Armenia www.safe.am
Media Education Center www.mediaeducation.am
Yerevan, Armenia
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