EuroDIG Extra

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Should the IGF+ be supported by a Multi-Stakeholder High Level Body (MHLB)?


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We invited European Stakeholder on 3rd March 2021, 9:00 UTC to a Consultation on paragraph 93(a) of the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and here in particular on the first recommendation of a “strategic and empowered multi-stakeholder high-level body”.

Paragraph 93 (a) reads as follows:

93. While discussions on the different digital architecture models proposed by the Panel are ongoing among stakeholders; the following ideas have emerged with a view to making the Internet Governance Forum more responsive and relevant to current digital issues. These include:

(a) Creating a strategic and empowered multi-stakeholder high-level body, building on the experience of the existing multi-stakeholder advisory group, which would address urgent issues, coordinate follow-up action on Forum discussions and relay proposed policy approaches and recommendations from the Forum to the appropriate normative and decision-making forums;

The agenda was formed around the questions that were prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat, in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology:

  1. What do you consider should be priority functions of this multi-stakeholder high-level body, should it be established? And what would be the relationship between this body and the existing Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the IGF?
  2. What suggestions do you have on the governance structure and composition of this body (e.g., number of members, representation of stakeholder groups, regional balance, rotation of members)?
  3. How could this body be supported and funded?
  4. Any other comments on paragraph 93 (a)?

We did focus on Q1 of the survey and discussed the function of the MHLB and it’s relationship to the MAG.


  • Opening and introduction, Sandra Hoferichter, EuroDIG Secretary General
  • Presentation of the 3 approaches from the IGF Strategy Working Group, Giacomo Mazzone Member of the MAG WG
  • Moderated discussion by Mark Carvell, Internet Governance Expert

We summarised the discussion in two short paragraphs (one on the function and one on the relationship to the MAG) and invite for comments on our Commenting Platform.

Our aim is to come up with a shared view from participants and make a submission to the IGF Consultation Process until 8th Mach 2021.

Read the transcript of the session.


Recently we released the publication Media and Content: A Decade of Change – Coping with the digital shake-up. It is the first in a series of publications and the next edition on the cluster security and crime is already under way.

The actual political development, in particular with regard to the role of social media networks, is already calling for a continuation of the debate and we would not like to wait until the EuroDIG event In June but would like to invite you to a virtual EuroDIG Extra on 29th January 2021 from 10:00–11:30 CET on the topic of SoMe vs Politics: Who’s the Boss?

At the same day you are invited to a related event organised by Eurovisioni “Transformation of European communication space into a virtual space: which consequences in relationships between media and citizens”. This event is starting right after we finish and participation is possible via various channels, in 3 languages ITA-FR-EN. Get information about this event here.

SoMe vs Politics: Who’s the Boss?

Listen to “SoMe vs Politics: Who’s the Boss?”

Social Media as an important resource for political actors is old news since early 2000’s. Like fire or money, it is a good servant, but a bad master. At least this is what Donald Trump probably feels, now that his favorite tools have been taken away.

After the occupation of Capitol by a ragtag army egged on by the President, shutting him up as an emergency measure might have been the prudent thing to do. However, permanently banning him from Twitter and temporarily from various other platforms has raised questions around the world, including from political leaders who since a decade have grown accustomed to these convenient channels they can use to speak directly to voters and citizens, instead of using traditional media as an intermediary.

Since 2008, European Dialogue on Internet Governance – EuroDIG – has tackled key contemporary issues related to the Internet at its annual sessions. But with the quickening pace of development of all things digital, a year can be a long time. That is why EuroDIG Extra is now launched to fill the gaps, taking advantage of the virtual conference tools that have served EuroDIG well during the pandemic.

The first EuroDIG Extra will take up long-standing but little discussed problems in the dynamics between Social Media giants and political powers that be, that banning Trump has now thrown wide open.


  1. Intro: Welcome and introduction (Sandra Hoferichter, EuroDIG) 5′
  2. Summary of the publication “Media and Content: A Decade of Change” (Yrjö Länsipuro, EuroDIG Member) 5′
  3. Presentation of the panel (Yrjö). 5′
  4. Summary of events that lead to banning Trump from Social Media Networks (Maria Stasi, Article 19) 10′
  5. Reactions from European politicians (Miapetra Kumpula, Member of the European Parliament) 10′
  6. Right or wrong? (Maria, all) 15*
  7. Questions and comments from the chat (Michael Oghia, Global Forum for Media Development) 10′
  8. Twitter vs traditional journalistic media as politicians’ pulpit (Miapetra, all) 10′
  9. Impact on DSA, DMA and other European regulation efforts (Miapetra, all) 10′
  10. Announcement of the “Eurovisioni” event starting 11:30 (Yrjö) 5´