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

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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.

To follow the current discussion on this topic, see the discussion tab on the upper left side of this page

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 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?


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


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


Name, institution, country of residence

  • 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

If you would like to take over the role of the remote moderator, please send an email to: Your tasks: The remote moderator is in charge of facilitating participation via digital channels such as WebEx and social medial (Twitter, facebook). Remote moderators monitor and moderate the social media channels and the participants via WebEX and forward questions to the session moderator.

  • 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

Please provide short CV of the reporter of your session at the Wiki or link to another source and contact the EuroDIG secretariat if you need help to find a reporter.

Current discussion

See the discussion tab on the upper left side of this page.

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


Remote participation

Final report

Deadline 2016

Session twitter hashtag