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A glimpse at first SEEDIG 2015

SEEDIG 2015 took place on 3 June 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the context of the eighth EuroDIG meeting. It was aimed to be both a capacity-building event, as well as a space for discussions on Internet governance issues that are particularly relevant for the region.

Under the overarching theme of “Multistakeholder Internet governance: from global debates to South Eastern European realities”, discussions were held on: multistakeholder Internet governance mechanisms, human rights for Internet users and Internationalised Domain Names. All SEEDIG sessions were webstreamed and remote participation was available via Webex.

Key messages from the sessions, video recordings and the full meeting report are  available at EuroDIG Wiki page.

SEEDIG 2015 was attended by around 150 on-site participants, coming from 38 countries, both from within South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (73%) and from outside the region (27%).  All stakeholder groups were represented.

Some of the countries that were represented at SEEDIG, and that could be considered as part of South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area, are: Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*[1], Moldova, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine.

In terms of gender representation, 52% of all participants were male, and 48% female.

SEEDIG 2015 was organised with support from: Council of Europe, Pita2EuroDIG Secretariat, ICANN, IGF Secretariat, IGF Support Association, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Bulgaria, Serbian National Internet Domain Registry, UNICART.

[1] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

 

Full, official SEEDIG 2015 meeting report can be found here.

 

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