WS 6: Uncovering the DNA of European IG(F) initiatives

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Session teaser

What's the DNA of n/r IG(F) initiatives in Europe? How can we strengthen European IG Ecosystem together with existing IG(F) initiatives and bring new ones on board?

Session description

This workshop is a follow up from the EuroDIG / EBU Open Forum held during the IGF in Joao Pessoa were participants agreed:

"A set of guidelines and best practices shall be published at the EuroDIG website [1]. These guidelines should be developed together with existing European IG initiatives, taking into account the existing particularities and the flexibility needed in each country. These guidelines will mainly serve to help new initiatives to develop."

The main aim of this workshop is to bring together European IG(F) coordinators/representatives to discuss what is the DNA of European n/r (national/regional) IG(F) initiatives and how we can strengthen the European Internet Governance (IG) ecosystem, and enhance collaboration and communication between national and regional IG(F)s.

Input gathered from this workshop will be reflected in the draft of the above mentioned guidelines.

Session structure

The session will be divided into three parts:

1. Brief overview: IG ecosystem in Europe. Focus on regional, sub-regional and national IG(F) initiatives (visualized).

2. Discussion:

a. What is the DNA of European IG(F) initiatives (main components, characteristics, challenges, good/best practices)?
b. What are the (specific) needs of n/r IG(F) initiatives?

3. Practical talk:

a. How can the European IG(F) ecosystem be strengthened, while empowering the n/r IG(F) initiatives?
b. How can we enhance collaboration and communication between n/r IG(F) initiatives?

Keywords

EuropeanIG, initiatives, IGF-guideline, IG(F)-DNA, BestPractices

Format

Round table with no key participants. High level of interaction. Strong focus on the dialogue between participants (those attending in person, or remotely). Moderators and remote moderator are responsible for engaging participants in the discussion through pre-set and follow up questions. Time should be given to develop discussions on raised points/issues during the workshop.

Further reading

SEEDIG IG survey, April 2016

Survey on national and regional IGF initiatives, Joao Pessoa, Brasil

People

  • Focal Point: Ana Kakalashvili, giz GmBH
  • Key participants

Due to the workshop objectives and format, the organizing team of this workshop decided not to list limited number of key participants. All attending n/r IG(F) Coordinators, representatives of support organizations (in person, or remotely) count equally important for this workshop, hence all are acknowledged as key participants.

  • Moderator
  • Lee Hibbard, Council of Europe, France/UK
  • Anja Gengo, UN IGF Secretariat, Switzerland/Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Remote moderator: Ayden Férdeline
  • Org team
  • Ana Kakalashvili, giz GmbH, Germany/Georgia (focal point)
  • Thomas Grob, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany/Switzerland
  • Sorina Teleanu, DiploFoundation, Romania
  • Frédéric Donck, ISOC, Belgium
  • Narine Khachatryan, Media Education Centre, Armenia
  • Oksana Prykhodko, INGO European Media Platform, Ukraine
  • Anja Gengo, UN IGF Secretariat, Switzerland/Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Giacomo Mazzone, EBU, Switzerland/Italy
  • Lee Hibbard, Council of Europe, France
  • Nigel Hickson, ICANN, Switzerland
  • Reporter: Ana Kakalashvili, giz GmBH

Current discussion

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Conference call. Schedules and minutes

I Virtual Meeting: Thursday, 31st of March Attending: Ana Kakalashvili, Thomas Grob, Sorina Teleanu, Narine Khachatryan. For a summary of the minutes check the discussion site You can preview the organizing team's work in progress here

Mailing list

Contact: ws6@eurodig.org

Video record

See the video record in our youtube channel

Transcript

Transcript: Uncovering the DNA of European IG(F) initiatives

Messages

  • European IG Ecosystem is very diverse, but at the same time innovative and experimental.
  • Models, topics and processes depend on readiness / awareness of local stakeholders issues and national needs, but the main aim for all is to raise awareness of the community and get different stakeholders engaged. There is no ideal IGF in policy making processes, whether on national, regional or global level. But there are best practices to look at, share and implement locally. Therefore, t here is a need of to have common platform for stronger collaboration and communication between each local IGFs, in tandem with national, (sub) regional and global IGFs.
  • (sub) Regional IGF’s are encouraging IG debates and IGFs setting the scene can serve as a catalysator in a region, but there are few strong national IGF who serve as a role model. International (support) organizations are the ‘glue’ for national / regional IG discussions; they encourage local community and are ready to support.
  • The global IGF is interested in input from national / regional IGF’s in particular on:
a. Increasing the collaboration among all IG layers.
b. Fostering the use and the capacity of using the Internet
c. Connecting citizens (Best Practice Forum - Connecting the next billion)
d. Developing the IGF 10 year strategy including the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)

Session twitter hashtag

Hashtag: #eurodig16 #ws6 #IGF-DNA