EuroDIG 2024 programme, 18 June

As of 12 June 2024.

All times are Vilnius local time (EEST, UTC+3).

EuroDIG 2024 Programme at the wiki

18 June 2024

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote by Irena Guidikova

18 June 2024 | 10:00 EEST | Auditorium

  • Irena Guidikova, Head of Democratic Institutions and Freedoms Department, Council of Europe | More details on the wiki.

10:30 – 11:15

Main Topic 1: European policies and strategies | Subtopic 1: Human Rights in the Digital Era: Europe’s Role in Safeguarding Human Rights Online

18 June 2024 | 10:30 – 11:15 EEST | Auditorium

While human rights are the foundation of the Council of Europe and enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and European constitutions, digital human rights are still being shaped. With the “Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles for the Digital Decade” the EU presents its “commitment to a secure, safe and sustainable digital transformation that puts people at the centre, in line with EU core values and fundamental rights.” Is this approach keeping pace in addressing gaps in the protection of vulnerable groups, including children and youth in the light of rapid technological developments? Moreover, there is a growing tension between the crucial need to address evolving cyber threats and the duty to uphold fundamental human rights online, particularly the right to privacy as well as the right to freedom of speech. Can multidisciplinary approaches and multistakeholder dialogue play a crucial role to help striking the appropriate balance?

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10:30 – 11:30

Workshop 1a: Child safety online – update on legal regulatory trends combatting child sexual abuse online

18 June 2024 | 10:30 – 11:30 EEST | WS room 1

This session endeavors to delve into the recent advancements in the legal landscape concerning online child safety, with a particular emphasis on the U.K.’s experience in implementing the Online Safety Act and its juxtaposition with the E.U.’s proposed CSAR. Central to the discourse is the pivotal question: ‘How can we create secure online environments for children while safeguarding their privacy, as well as the privacy and fundamental rights of other users?’

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10:30 – 11:15

Flash 1: Challenges of remote work: cybersecurity and wellbeing

18 June 2024 | 10:30 – 11:15 EEST | WS room 2

Driven to changes in the workplace and advances in technology, remote work has become increasingly popular in recent years. Yet the new reality also presents new obstacles to overcome. Businesses are now exposed to new security risks as a result of the growing popularity of remote employment. The increasing frequency of data breaches and cyberattacks has sparked worries about the security of remote work arrangements. How can the ideal environment be set up to guarantee cyber security when working remotely? Remote work offers drawbacks for employees as well. Burnout from extended work hours, feelings of loneliness, and a sense of alienation from coworkers are prevalent problems. How can the welfare of workers be guaranteed?

More details on the wiki.

10:30 – 11:00

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | The Pulse of the Baltic Domain Industry

11:00 – 11:20

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | Domain Usage Trends and Challenges from the Perspective of Registrar

11:20 – 11:40

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | Survey: Domain Usage Habits of the Lithuanian Population

11:30 – 12:15

Main Topic 1: European policies and strategies | Subtopic 2: One for all, all for one: the role of cooperation in enhancing cyber resilience in Europe | Input keynote by Jacek Oko

18 June 2024 | 11:30 – 12:15 EEST | Auditorium

Input keynote by

The European Union is working to fortify its digital infrastructure against escalating cyber threats. Malicious acts know no national borders and are rarely limited to a single target. For this reason, while building one’s own defence capabilities remains essential, it is even more crucial to work together towards the goal of establishing collective resilience across the continent. Cooperation is challenging; it may necessitate seeking compromises or even sacrificing part of one’s own interests or assets to assist partners. At the same time, however, it paves the way for building collective strength and defence, far more robust than what a single actor could provide for themselves.

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11:30 – 12:15

Flash 2: Connecting the Unconnected: Enabling Rural Connectivity and Empowering Access

18 June 2024 | 11:30 – 12:15 EEST | WS room 2

This session will discuss the multifaceted challenges of network access and rural connectivity, noting the disparity between urban and rural connectivity and its implications on a communities development. The discussion will provide examples on how innovative technologies are being used to address rural connectivity and access challenges thus contributing to bridging the digital divide for the unconnected and under connected areas.

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11:40 – 12:00

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | The Results of the IDN World Report 2024. The Practical UA Challenges of a Registrar and Registry.

12:15 – 13:15

Workshop 1b: Protecting vulnerable groups online from harmful content – new (technical) approaches

18 June 2024 | 12:15 – 13:15 EEST | Workshop 1b | WS room 1

Protecting vulnerable groups, especially children, from online harm while avoiding mass surveillance and restrictions on free speech is a huge challenge for regulators. New technologies, especially AI tools, could help automatically identify inappropriate content for children and block access to that content for child users. AI bots could also intervene if they identify a conversation as containing elements of grooming. Disinformation could be automatically fact-checked and annotated, and illegal content could not only be banned but also reported to law enforcement (or inform the victims so they can choose to report it to law enforcement). Online violence could be stopped immediately – without letting the harm happen rather than prosecuting it later. The workshop will discuss several new technical approaches that may (or may not?) reduce the unwanted side effects of online safety while being more effective.

More details on the wiki.

12:15 – 13:15

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | Domain Industry Trends

12:30 – 13:15

Main Topic 1: European policies and strategies | Subtopic 3: You on Signal and Me on Telegram – Messenger Interoperability by EU Regulation

18 June 2024 | 12:30 – 13:15 EEST | Auditorium

There is a group of friends. Everyone uses WhatsApp but one of them. That one person always needs to be informed separately. This might change with the Digital Markets Act. One of its propositions includes the interoperability of messaging services. Providers of messaging services have come together in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to develop a standard for interoperability – that in the end might affect us all. This session will give insight into a standard in the making and explore its potential consequences such as the end users’ gain, the impact on providers of messaging services, and the effect on competition.

More details on the wiki.

12:30 – 13:15

Flash 3: Connectivity corridors between Europe and the Middle East and Europe and Asia

18 June 2024 | 12:30 – 13:15 EEST | WS room 2

Join us for an enlightening session on the pivotal role of connectivity corridors between Europe and the Middle East, and Europe and Asia, in shaping regional and global digital landscapes. Discover how enhancing international internet connectivity and developing technological hubs drive digital transformation and innovation, while prioritizing security and resilience to ensure stable and reliable digital infrastructures. Explore new opportunities for international collaboration and regional advancement, with a special focus on the transformative case of Georgia.

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13:15 – 14:30

Break

14:30 – 15:00

Keynote by Jūratė Šovienė and Bernadette Lewis

18 June 2024 | 14:30 EEST | Auditorium

15:00 – 15:45

Main Topic 2: GovTech – putting people first in digitalizing public services and the use of data | Subtopic 1: GovTech Dynamics: Navigating Innovation and Challenges in Public Services.

18 June 2024 | 15:00 – 15:45 EEST | Auditorium

Governments are increasingly exploring strategies to foster and expedite the adoption of innovative technologies within their public sectors as a response to high expectations from the citizens and businesses. This session would provide an excellent opportunity to exchange best practices and insights (basing on Lithuanian and other countries’ example), gaining a deeper understanding of the specific factors that drive these initiatives forward, along with the unifying principles that underpin them.

More details on the wiki.

15:00 – 16:00

Workshop 2a: Managing Change in Media Space: Social Media, Information Disorder, and Voting Dynamics | Part 1

18 June 2024 | 15:00 – 16:00 EEST | Workshop 2a | WS room 1

What used to be the public sphere – in Europe and elsewhere – is undergoing fragmentation and disintermediation, as traditional media is ceding its role as the fulcrum for public opinion formation. With the dominance of social media platforms and proliferation of more advanced technologies, such as generative AI, the media environment of political processes is increasingly prone to disinformation, particularly during elections. These workshops will look at the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing media landscape, including its consequences for democracy, and highlight best practices on how to enhance digital literacy, address disinformation and strengthen independent media.

More details on the wiki.

15:00 – 15:45

Flash 4: The Internet is for Everyone: Overcoming disabilities and limitations

18 June 2024 | 15:00 – 15:45 EEST | WS room 2

The Internet and digital services are now considered basic needs (and in some countries, basic rights) and as such, they should be available for everyone. A disability should not be a limitation when accessing these services. Electronics and AI technologies have helped overcome these challenges notably since the 1980s (for the few who could afford them), but only recently have these technologies been available for “everyone”. What can YOU do to make life better for your fellow Human accessing your site, using your app, driving your brand’s car?

More details on the wiki.

15:00 – 15:20

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | EU Regulation Impact on Domain Industry

15:20 – 15:40

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | Domains and Intellectual Property Protection: Roads and Crossroads

15:40 – 16:00

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | EURID and EUIPO Collaboration to Raise Awareness about Trademarks and Domain Names

16:00 – 16:45

Main Topic 2: GovTech – putting people first in digitalizing public services and the use of data | Subtopic 2: European approach on data governance

18 June 2024 | 16:00 – 16:45 EEST | Auditorium

Data protection, protecting the rights of data subjects, digital rights, privacy, access to data, ownership of data, open data, free flow of data. What do – or should – these buzzwords mean in the context of research? What are the relevant definitions and regulations that can have a positive impact on how we use data for research? This session is to reflect on Europe’s perspective on data governance, how to meet varying needs and to ensure the right policies are put in place.

More details on the wiki.

16:00 – 16:45

Flash 5: Impact Assessment Toolkit – Hands on

18 June 2024 | 16:00 – 16:45 EEST | WS room 2

Good Internet policy starts with an impact assessment. The Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit has been developed to help determine the positive or negative impacts from a public policy proposal. Join the session to understand how the toolkit works, and how you can contribute. We would like the Internet community to use it, so you can help us protect and defend the Internet from bad decisions from governments and corporations.

More details on the wiki.

16:00 – 16:30

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | Disputes between Domain and Intellectual Property Objects

16:45 – 17:45

Workshop 2b: Managing Change in Media Space: Social Media, Information Disorder, and Voting Dynamics | Part 2

18 June 2024 | 16:45 – 17:45 EEST | Workshop 2b | WS room 1

What used to be the public sphere – in Europe and elsewhere – is undergoing fragmentation and disintermediation, as traditional media is ceding its role as the fulcrum for public opinion formation. With the dominance of social media platforms and proliferation of more advanced technologies, such as generative AI, the media environment of political processes is increasingly prone to disinformation, particularly during elections. These workshops will look at the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing media landscape, including its consequences for democracy, and highlight best practices on how to enhance digital literacy, address disinformation and strengthen independent media.

More details on the wiki.

16:45 – 17:45

Baltic Domain Days 2024 | Navigating the Regulatory Landscape. Domain Names & Intellectual Property.

17:00 – 17:45

Main Topic 2: GovTech – putting people first in digitalizing public services and the use of data | Subtopic 3: Empowering communities: partnerships for access to services

18 June 2024 | 17:00 – 17:45 EEST | Auditorium

While Europe can be considered the champion of Internet access, stable connectivity and the possibility to access online services may be a challenge for some communities, especially in remote areas or in areas at war. The digital divide results in a social divide, leaving many citizens beyond the opportunities of modern society. This session aims to discuss technical and strategic solutions and the roles of different actors in addressing digital inequality affecting the citizens of Europe and beyond.

More details on the wiki.

17:00 – 17:45

Flash 6: Reignite Multilateralism via Technology (REMIT) – Research results

18 June 2024 | 17:00 – 17:45 EEST | WS room 2

This session allows participants to learn about the most recent findings from REMIT, an ongoing EU Horizon Europe large-scale research project on global technology governance. Discussants from across the spectrum of stakeholders will comment on, for instance, recent survey results from the Republic of Georgia, and conceptual work on definitions of “strategic” digital technologies.

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17:45 – 18:30

Intergenerational dialogue – reflection of the day | with YOUthDIG fellows, Gabija Skučaitė and Nigel Hickson

18 June 2024 | 17:45 – 18:30 EEST | Auditorium

The increasing demand for young people to be recognised as stakeholders requires empowering youth in Internet Governance. This involves integrating younger topics, concerns, and perspectives that were previously underrepresented in such settings. To facilitate this inclusivity, a series of Intergenerational Dialogues brings together senior EuroDIG attendees, along with former and current YOUthDIG participants, providing an open and comprehensive platform to present youths’ impressions on Internet Governance and discuss the Youth Messages.

With YOUthDIG fellows and:

  • Gabija Skučaitė, Chancellor of the SMK College of Applied Sciences
  • Nigel Hickson, Head Internet Governance Policy at the UK DSIT

More details on the wiki.

18:45

Lithuanian social evening at the Vilnius Town Hall!

Dear EuroDIG participant,

We are happy to invite you to a social event at the Vilnius Town Hall.

  • Date: 18th of June
  • Time: 18:45 – 22:00
  • Address: Didžioji st. 31.
    Vilnius is a walkable city, so only 4 minutes by foot from EuroDIG premises (Arkliu str. 18) to the Vilnius Town Hall.
    Adress in google maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/LzdPzZVrXq1JS2Wd8
  • Dress code: feel free and comfortable. Remember to dress for a possibly warm summer’s day and a cool summer’s evening.

Doors open at 18.30. We will welcome you with a drink and Lithuanian snacks. Throughout the event, the band will play live music!

Looking forward to seeing you!

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