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Session teaser

Navigating the Internet Governance Ecosystem. Where are we and where are we heading?

Session description

This session will aim to raise participants’ awareness of the current status of the internet governance ecosystem - including major issues and debates, both globally and in Europe:

Part One: Setting the scene: Overview of key global IG developments in 2015 as well as major IG debates and challenges ahead.

Part Two: Mapping the European IG ecosystem: Identifying priority IG issue areas in Europe, including challenges and potential ways to overcome them.


netgovernance, #multistakeholder, #IG, #IGF2016, #ecosystem, #WSIS+10, #ICANN, #enhancedcooperation, #ISOC, #ITU, #GIPO, #internetmanagement, #IGstrategy, #IGecosystem, #globalpublicinterest, #IANA


The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first part, (co-)Moderators will invite key discussants to provide input and set the scene (Part One in the session description). The rest of the session (Part Two in the session description) would be an interactive dialogue among all participants:

a. Initially, participants will be asked to identify priority/key IG issues facing European countries (e.g. digital divide, privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, etc.);
b. Participants will then be divided into groups, and each group will be asked to look at one or several main IG issues, according to the previous block, with the aim to identify:
i. Three main challenges in addressing the issue(s)
ii. Examples of good practices in addressing the issues/challenges (if these can be identified)
iii. Potential solutions and next steps.

Further reading

i. Internet Policy and Governance: Europe’s role in shaping the future of Internet Governance. European Commission, Brussels. (12.02.2014) - Here
ii. Outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society. UN General Assembly. (13.02.2015) - Here
iii. OECD Principles for Internet Policy Making. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (2014) - Here
iv. Internet Governance – Council of Europe strategy 2016 – 2019. Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers. (30.03.2016) - Here
v. Best Practise Forum (BPF) on Strengthening Multistakeholder Participation Mechanisms. Internet Governance Forum. (2015) - Here
vi. An Introduction to Internet Governance. Kurbalija, J., DiploFoundation. (2014) - Here
vii. Survey on Internet Governance in South Eastern Europe and the Neighbouring Area. SEEDIG Annual Meeting, Belgrade. (22.04.2016) - Here


  • Focal Point
i. Lea Kaspar. Global Partners Digital. United Kingdom.
  • Key participants
i. Dominique Lazanski - LinkedIn
ii. Jovan Kurbalija - LinkedIn
iii. Megan Richards Profile page
  • Moderator
i. Aida Mahmutović
ii. Lea Kaspar
  • Remote moderator
  • Org team
i. Cristina Monti. European Commission. Belgium.
ii. Grigori Saghyan. ISOC Armenia. Armenia.
iii. Oksana Prykhodko. iNGO European Media Platform. Ukraine.
iv. Ana Neves. Department for the Information Society. Portugal.
v. Anelia Dimova, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria.
vi. Lee Hibbard, Council of Europe, France.
vii. Michael J. Oghia, Non-Affiliated, Turkey.
viii. Narine Khachatryan, Safer Internet Armenia & Media Education Center, Armenia.
  • Reporter
i. Erwin Yin - Profile Page

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Conference call. Schedules and minutes

Planning Call #1 - 13th April - Summary of Call

Planning Call #2 - 4th May @ 9am (BST)

Planning Call #3 - (TBC)

Mailing list


Remote participation

Final report

Deadline 2016

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