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Session Session title/working title FocalPoint(s) FocalPoint(s) Affiliation
PRE 10 (Post) Covid – What has changed? What will stay? Marcel Krummenauer  
FS 1 Green IG and Sustainability Minda Moreira Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC)
Michael J. Oghia  
FS 2 Governing digital interdependence – the role of Europe Auke Pals GÉANT
FS 3 New European proposals – NIS and cybersecurity agenda Peter Van Roste CENTR
FS 4 European mediascape – How to (re)create a trusted public sphere? Nicola Frank European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
WS 1 European Digital Service Act (DSA) and Digital Market Act (DMA) presentation and discussion Velimira Nemiguentcheva-Grau European Commission
Vittorio Bertola Open-Xchange
WS 2 Quantum internet in Europe – What are the benefits and challenges for unleashing potential of quantum technologies? Rosario Fazio The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste
WS 3 Data Sovereignty and Trusted Online Identity – COVID-19 Vaccination Data Kristin Little IEEE
Miguel Pérez Subías Spain Internet Users Association
WS 4 New perspectives on data protection (with regard to AI) Peter Kimpian Council of Europe
WS 5 Encryption debate revisited – Is a principle of security through encryption and security despite encryption an oxymoron? Andrew Campling 419.Consulting ltd
Diego Naranjo EDRi
WS 6 Copyright – Implementation of the EU directive Gregory Engels Pirate Parties International
WS 7 Value and rules based use of AI – (ethical aspects, predictability, fairness, inclusiveness, accountability, transparency) Elena Dodonova Council of Europe
Yannick Meneceur Council of Europe
WS 8 International access to research content and sensitive data Hendrik Ike GÉANT
WS 9 Content moderation on the Internet infrastructure level – Where does censorship begin? Sebastian Schwemer Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR), University of Copenhagen
WS 10 Media Literacy and Digital Skills Maia Simonishvili The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia
Sabrina Vorbau European Schoolnet
WS 11 Recent studies on accessing educational content Alex Culliere  
WS 12 Self- and co-regulation initiatives by platforms Giacomo Mazzone EDMO / Eurovisioni
WS 13 Doing everything online – mental wellbeing vs. digital addiction effects on human interaction Ekaterina Potekhina University Moskow
Vlad Ivanets University Moskow
WS 14 Privacy impact of COVID19-related shift to online activities (payments, virtual meetings …) Olga Stepanova Winheller
WS 15 5G User perspective and implementation Pierpaolo Marchese Independent Consultant
WS 16 Delay-Tolerant Network (DTN) Roberto Gaetano EURALO individual Members
WS 17 Competition in the digital ecosystem – in Europe and beyond Christoph Riedmann EURO Chambers

Biographical Information

Auke Pals

Auke Pals is a Project Manager at GÉANT, an e-infrastructure organisation providing cutting-edge pan-European networking, and trust and identity services exclusively for the research and education community. In this role he is responsible for the delivery of externally funded projects, delivery of project management support and Internet Governace activities with the focus on enabling and stimulating research. Auke has over 8 years’ experience working in the IT and Internet governance industry prior to joining GÉANT and holds a BSc in Information Science and an MSc in Information Studies (Major: Information Systems).

Christoph Riedmann

Christoph Riedmann has been Policy Advisor for Digital Policy and Company Law at EUROCHAMBRES since 2018. Besides lobbying relentlessly for European SMEs on legislative projects in the digital field, such as the Fairness-Business-Regulation, he has encouraged Chambers of Commerce and Industry from across Europe to digitize their service offers for companies and exchange their best practices.

After completing his studies of law and languages in Innsbruck, Christoph worked for the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber WKÖ, the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU, the European Commission and the European Association of Technology Industries ORGALIM.

Christoph, who speaks German, English, French, Russian and some Spanish likes traveling and - having grown up in Western Austria - enjoys being in the mountains in any season.

Giacomo Mazzone

Current title: Secretary General of Eurovisioni and Global project manager at UNDRR United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction, in charge of the project Media Saving Lives.

He is Member of the Advisory Board of the EDMO – European Digital Media Observatory, Member of the Advisory Board of Vatican Foundation CAPP, in charge of media, Member of the EuroDIG Board, Secretary General of Eurovisioni and former head of institutional and members relations south at EBU-DGO.

  • In particular has been responsible for EBU of the 2 UN Summit on Information Society (Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005), and then has been media partner of the IGF since its inception in Athens 2006.
  • Founder member of the EuroDIG in 2008, has been IGF MAG member (2014-2016) under appointment of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as representative of the media sector.
  • Member of the CWG-COP of the ITU, special group of the ITU in charge of child protection in the broadcasting an internet world
  • Member as observer of the GAC of ICANN as representative of WBU (World Broadcasting Union).

Publications: resource expert for APC, authors of the Gis-Watch yearly report for Italy; 10 books published on various arguments related to media, Internet Governance, public service, Child on-Line protection and cultural diversity.

Hendrik Ike

Hendrik Ike is a Public Affairs Specialist who works for GÉANT, a European association which serves the research and education networking community by providing connectivity and developing services. GÉANT's essential terabit-ready network is the most advanced and well-connected research and education network in the world. Hendrik is responsible for developing and maintaining channels of communication with European institutions and the National Research and Education Network community, and is also responsible for GÉANT’s positioning towards global Internet Governance.

Kristin Little

Kristin Little is a Senior Manager of Public Affairs at IEEE where she helps to facilitate mutual understanding between technologists and policymakers and build global communities that advance technology to benefit humanity.

Kristin has 15 years experience with the World Bank, designing, conducting, and contributing to field-based, mixed-methods evaluations of over $200B of investments. This work helped to help shape new policies and improve resource allocation in areas such as adoption of new technologies, infrastructure, disasters, water, cultural heritage, and social development.

In 2020 Kristin was appointed Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy Fellow by The People-Centered Internet -- a not-for-profit organization founded by Vint Cerf and Mei Lin Fung working to ensure the Internet is a positive force for good.

Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from UC Berkeley, and two master’s degrees from MIT—MCP (Urban Planning) and MArch (Architecture).

Marcel Krummenauer

Marcel Krummenauer is a "Big Data & Business Analytics" student from Frankfurt am Main. Since the beginning of his bachelor studies, he has been working in the IT department of a medium-sized life science company. He is also a member of the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik) and is involved in data protection and sustainability in the YIGF-D, among other things.

Michael J. Oghia

Michael J. Oghia is a Belgrade-based consultant, editor, researcher, speaker, and ICT sustainability advocate working within the digital policy & infrastructure, Internet governance, and media development ecosystems. He is the External Relations Coordinator at the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA), a member of the Steering Committee of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC), a contributor to EuroDIG's Greening Internet Governance intersessional work, and an Associate Member of the EuroDIG Support Organisation.

Nicola Frank

Nicola Frank joined the European Broadcasting Union in 1998. In March 2020 she became the EBU’s Head of Institutional and International Relations, after having represented the EBU and Public Service Media at EU level, as Head of the EBU’s Policy office in Brussels from 2009 to 2020.

She started her career in the European Commission in 1990 where she was responsible for an Information and Communication Programme towards the Mediterranean and the Near and Middle East. In 1996 she joined Media and Entertainment International, the international federation of media and entertainment trade unions, as Deputy General Secretary.

Nicola Frank was born in 1963. She took an M.A. in Islamic Studies, Modern History and French Literature.

Pierpaolo Marchese

As of today, I am an independent ICT Consultant. Recently, I have been part of the ETSI Board of Directors, for TIM SpA and I cooperate with industry and academy stakeholders on Standards for future Networks. My current interests include 5G Mobile Technologies, Virtualisation, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Automotive and ICT, Artificial Intelligence, Technology dissemination within SME.

Born in 1960, I graduated in ICT Engineering. For more than 33 years I was part of TIM S.p.A Group with various team and management responsibilities in Technology and R&D departments, including Network Standard Coordination and IPR and R&D project portfolio management.

Sebastian Schwemer

Sebastian is Associate Professor at the Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) at the University of Copenhagen and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Oslo’s Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL). Sebastian is interested in the regulation of & by technology. His research focuses on this intersection of regulation, technology and society – especially related to information on the Internet, intermediaries, decentralized systems and automation. In 2020, he advised the European Commission in relation to the revision of the e-Commerce Directive (Digital Service Act).

Vittorio Bertola

Vittorio Bertola is the Head of Policy & Innovation at Open-Xchange, the world’s leading provider of open source email and DNS solutions for hosting, service provider and telecommunication companies, where he develops and promotes new technical standards and advocates an open Internet based on user choice, privacy and federation. In the last twenty years he was involved with several Internet startups and served in many Internet governance organizations, including the ICANN Board and the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance.