List of proposals for EuroDIG 2023

31-12-23 | 19:37
Sustainable Internet and digital technologies
It was generally recognised in 2022 that EuroDIG has emerged as a leading forum to promote ICT sustainability and it is imperative following COP 28 in Dubai that the programme for Vilnius should include environmental impacts as a major theme. The aim in Vilnius would be to agree how to develop and implement meaningful policies and best practices for achieving a sustainable technology environment that substantially contributes to solutions for addressing the climate emergency. Furthermore, EuroDIG proposed that green digitalisation be an additional thematic area for the UN Secretary-General's Global Digital Compact, in its response to the UN Tech Envoy's GDC consultation. The meeting in Vilnius provides therefore a timely opportunity to follow through on that proposal by developing a consensus-based input into the final phase of the GDC process that would in particular a) advocate sustainable technology-by-design principles; b) define relevant key metrics; and c) agree a series of commitments to actions by industry, governments and regulators for achieving sustainable environmental targets for current and emerging Internet and digital technologies. If EuroDIG's proposal for the GDC is accepted by the UN, the European stakeholder community would be well-placed to contribute to the implementation of the relevant commitments to action contained in the GDC, and to promoting awareness of these and monitoring their implementation.
Submitted by
Mark Carvell
Affiliation
Private Independent Consultant
Stakeholder
Private sector

31-12-23 | 19:50
Development of IG ecosystem | Media & content
Social media platforms changed the traditional public sphere in Western countries. The public sphere was the place where the public formed their opinion about public issues thanks to the information of legacy media. With social media, news media lost its place as the main provider of information to the public opinion. This led to a fragmentation of the public sphere thanks to the many voices that have taken the social functions of the legacy media. In particular, journalists are losing their traditional role as communicators between publics and politics. Thanks to social media platforms, politicians can talk directly to publics without relying in the media as intermediary. This process is called disintermediation. This shifted the power to the politicians in the digital public sphere. It could be expected that the direct communication in social media between those in power and the public would be bidirectional, but this is not the case. Studies shown fragmented conversations between political elites in democratic countries, where few are setting the agenda. I propose to discuss the impact of political disintermediation in the European digital public sphere. Other line of discussion can be the disintermediation of political speech on social media during political conflict in Europe and the geographical neighborhood (e.g., the polarization caused by the EU strategy in social media during the conflict of Israel-Hamas).
Submitted by
Luis Manuel Arellano Cervantes
Affiliation
Alumni association of the Master in Digital Communication Leadership (DCLead)
Stakeholder
Academia

31-12-23 | 21:31
Access & literacy | Human rights & privacy | Media & content
Inclusive Internet: Decades after the creation of WCAG, most of the internet (and major sites) are not accessible for people with access issues (disabilities such as blindness or reduced vision, motor limitations preventing proper navigation in overly designed visual sites, temporary limitations, etc.). I propose a session that would cover these issues and how to guarantee equal access rights, fairness, inclusiveness, transparency and reliability. Disabilities are not limitations.
Submitted by
André Melancia
Affiliation
Technical Community
Stakeholder
Technical community

31-12-23 | 21:36
Human rights & privacy | Security & crime | Technical & operational issues
The new AI reality: The Internet has evolved over its lifetime and the rise of AI (in content generation, in web searches, in querying information, etc.) poses complicated new challenges. This affects all areas of discussion (Privacy, Cybersecurity, Manipulation, Technical challenges, and more). I propose two different AI sessions to discuss these topics, one for Responsible AI and Ethics, and one for Technical challenges. Respectively, they should cover (1) Legal implications, privacy, safety, transparency, manipulation, accountability, and more; and (2) technical and cybersecurity concerns, "hallucinating AI" and misleading results, LLM centralised providers, open/closed source models and consequences, and more.
Submitted by
André Melancia
Affiliation
Technical Community
Stakeholder
Technical community

31-12-23 | 21:41
Human rights & privacy | Multiple other categories would apply. | Security & crime
Fake news and social media: It is shown that people believe the first information they receive, but reject any subsequent correction, even if repeatedly demonstrated true and contradictory to the first one. Such manipulation and disinformation (including AI deep fakes) is well visible in events such as COVID denial, Brexit and extreme-right wing fanatism, coup attempts in the USA and Brazil, the invasion of Ukraine, and especially in the Palestine occupation. These have shown that fake news are an effective way to manipulate public opinion, permitting violations of Human Rights to be blamed on the actual victims (in the latter case for decades). In the last 3 months, millions of people worldwide have protested in cities worldwide against these kind of manipulations, to demand respect for Human Rights and that such manipulations needs to stop. Social media (such as Facebook and Instagram) blatantly censor their posts about Human Rights violations, siding with the oppressor, according to multiple Human Rights NGOs. What can we do to guarantee that information is not censored, that it is properly verified and shown in an impartial way, in all mediums? (including decentralised media which was a founding paradigm of the Internet). The internet should guarantee Human Rights, not help destroy them.
Submitted by
André Melancia
Affiliation
Technical Community
Stakeholder
Technical community


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