Launched in June 2015 as an experiment, the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) moves forward as a sub-regional IGF initiative, and will reconvene in April 2016 for its second annual meeting.
SEEDIG 2016 is scheduled to take place on 22 April 2016, in Belgrade, Serbia. It will be hosted by the Serbian National Internet Domain Registry (RNIDS) and it is supported by the Council of Europe, DiploFoundation, the European Commission, the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the Internet Society (ISOC). The Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications will act as local institutional partner.
As a first step in the preparatory process for SEEDIG 2016, a call for issues to be discussed at the meeting has been launched, and stakeholders from South Eastern Europe and the neigbouring area are invited to provide their input. The call will stay open until end December 2015; after that, work will continue on building the programme for the meeting, as shown in the indicative milestones mentioned below:
In line with its objective of creating synergies between regionally relevant Internet-related concerns and challenges and the pan-European discussions on Internet governance, SEEDIG 2016 is being built as an integral part of the EuroDIG process. Thus, results of the SEEDIG discussions are to be integrated into the EuroDIG session planning process and become part of the EuroDIG programme. Additionally, SEEDIG intends to contribute to the preparation of a South Eastern European-focused session for EuroDIG.
As a multistakeholder, open and inclusive forum, SEEDIG welcomes individuals and entities from all stakeholder groups (governments, intergovernmental organisations, civil society, private sector, technical community), particularly from, but not limited to, countries in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area. Everyone interested to contribute to the preparatory process for SEEDIG 2016 is invited to join our dedicated mailing list or send us an email.