EuroDIG 2023 planning process

Usually every year EuroDIG takes place in another European country thus bringing in new people constantly. The local community always plays a big role in the planning process, whilst the European network behind EuroDIG guarantees stability and continuity.

EuroDIG is not a usual conference organised top-down by a small committee. It is a platform where YOU set the agenda and shape the issues. You are invited to contribute at any stage!

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European stakeholder consultations on GDC

EuroDIG 2022 messages


  • Call for issues
  • Programme planning
  • Organising a session
  • Participation
  • Reporting

Which issues should be discussed in Europe in 2023?

12.09.2022 – 31.10.2022

The call for issues ended on 31 October 2022. This call was the first (but not the last) opportunity for input, and we will now extract from these results potential Focus Areas for the 2023 EuroDIG programme. Those results will be presented and further discussed at the IGF in Addis Ababa, with the aim to have agreed on the Focus Areas by the end of the year. However, input will still be possible and for this reason the online form to submit issues remains open.

To structure the proposals, we suggest the following categories:

Access & literacy Development of IG ecosystem Human rights Innovation and economic issues Media & content Security and crime Technical & operational issues Cross cutting / other issues

List of proposals for EuroDIG 2023 List of proposals for EuroDIG 2023, download as PDF, as of 2022 Oct. 31, 24:00 CET

Submit your proposal for 2023

You may suggest up to three (3) proposals. Please use for each proposal a separate form, do not combine them in one form. If more than three proposals are submitted from the same person, only the last three proposals will be considered.

In case of any question kindly contact us via our form or by email.

I make this submission*
Stakeholder*
Country of residence*
Country of origin*
Please select up to three categories your proposal is related to.*
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Use of data:
I agree with the collection and processing of personal data in accordance with EuroDIG’s Privacy Policy for the purpose of creating the meetings’ programme. I agree with the publication of the suggested issue and category, as well as of the personal information (first name and family name, affiliation, and stakeholder group) on the EuroDIG website and wiki, with the use of this information for statistical purposes and for being contacted by the organizers of EuroDIG.

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01.11.2022 – 31.01.2023

Agenda and results from the virtual community meeting

On 31 October 2022 at 11:00 UTC a virtual community meeting was held to discuss the following topics.

Agenda

  • Review and feedback on the first hybrid EuroDIG meeting in Trieste
  • Outlook and input to the next meeting in Tampere (NEW DATE: 19 – 21 June 2023)
  • Preliminary results on the call for issues
  • Changed timeline in UN processes on the Global Digital Compact (GDC) and consequences for the European Stakeholder Contributions.
Summary of results
  1. Review and feedback on the first hybrid EuroDIG meeting in Trieste
    • The meeting started with a review of number of registrations and participants within a period of 4 years (2019-2022). Whilst the registration numbers remained stable (except one peak number in 2020) the number of online vs. on-site participants have obviously changed a lot. Such developments could also be discovered at other conferences and there was agreement that this is a steady shift
    • There was agreement that we saw a well-balanced, community build, programme, and interesting discussions in Trieste. The focus on 4 overarching areas (Focus Areas) and the resulting more focused messages were considered a good development and to be kept for the future.
    • The youth programme (YOUthDIG) was very rewarding and engaging.
    • The participation of governments, parliamentarians, and local community was much lower than expected and as it had been the case throughout the virtual editions in 2020 and 2021. Reasons for this have been identified in the fatigue from the host country due to repeated effort to organise EuroDIG in Trieste. But increasingly conflicting events occur (in 2022 the EU Assembly of Digital Ministers) which keep away even long standing EuroDIG participants. We must deal with it in a creative way, already next year where there was no other way of avoiding a conflict with RightsCon.
    • The need for social event was highlighted and should not be underestimated. Even if there is no budget available to offer food and drinks for free a place must be found where people can connect informally. This is one major benefit of attending in person.

    Practical recommendations:

    • Linking the recording with messages to make messages even more easily accessible (i.e., pointing directly to the session where topic was discussed across all media channels).
    • For remote participants an additional camera, to better show the situation on-site would be advisable.
    • Improvement must be made in getting the attention of online / on-site moderator (vice versa). To improve here we would need more hands and technical equipment.
    • While progress had been made a better coordination of related topics must remain a goal.
    • Overlapping time slot for agreeing and drafting the messages must be avoided.
  2. Outlook and input to the next meeting in Tampere (NEW DATE: 19 – 21 June 2023)
    • Next year’s motto is a continuation from EuroDIG in Trieste:
      Internet in troubled times: risks, resilience, hope
    • The 2023 local cooperation partner committed already – including two Finnish ministries (transport and foreign Affairs).
    • A site inspection in Tampere by the Secretariat took place in September and the venue, as well as facilities are excellent to host a compact EuroDIG. Community outreach is in full swing, and this resulted already in several proposals coming from the Finnish community.
    • Overall, we are very much ahead of time with all preparations, also thanks to the engaging host team.
    • The programme structure will slightly change in a way that we start with the official programme in the afternoon of the first day (NEW DATE: 19 June) and finish in the afternoon of the 3rd day (NEW DATE: 21 June). This gives half a day for pre-events like the Finnish Internet Forum (FIF), Meetings of IGF Dynamic Coalitions (DC), National and regional IGFs (NRIs) and other partner Institutions. Wrap Up must be significant to keep ppl. in the room
    • It was emphasised that the Wrap Up must be a substantive session in order keep people returning after lunch. It can entail for instance the final agreement on the Messages or a discussion on a set of recommendations which were drafted by a group during the meeting.
  3. Preliminary results on the call for issues
    • The call for issues will officially close at the end of the day where this virtual meeting took place. The Secretariat shared the preliminary results during the meeting, and it was agreed to move forward with those results to identify the Focus Areas for 2023. Those results will be presented and further discussed at the IGF in Addis Ababa, with the aim to have agreed on the Focus Areas by the end of the year. However, input will still be possible and for this reason the online form to submit issues remains open.
  4. Changed timeline in UN processes on the Global Digital Compact (GDC) and consequences for the European Stakeholder Contributions.
    • Mark Carvell, who is chairing the European Stakeholder Consultations on the Global Digital Compact, gave an update on the changed timeline and the envisaged process on the UN level: Amandeep Singh reaffirmed the importance of multistakeholder process for developing the GDC and acknowledged the important opportunity for the NRIs to provide inputs into the GDC process. He confirmed the 31 March deadline for the online questionnaire survey. He explained that there would also be a series of “targeted consultations” in the spring and that a “comprehensive report” will be prepared in the summer for the Presidency of the General Assembly (PGA) who “steer the process on behalf of the Member States” who are the “owners of the process. The ministerial meeting next September will start the negotiating phase for the Member States to develop the form and text of the GDC principles and calls for action and set out the future process.
    • Among participants was mutual agreement to keep track of the global processes – GDC, WSIS, CSTD – and provide space in the EuroDIG programme. Additionally, virtual meetings can be held.
    • The European Stakeholder Consultations will adjust to the new timeline and keep the call for comments open (deadline tbd).

Join the Org Teams!

01.02.2023 – 18.06.2023

At EuroDIG we support a collaborative session planning where everyone is invited to participate.
Our slogan is “Always open, always inclusive and never too late to get involved!”
We will consult with the community how we are organising this process in 2023 and more details will be published here soon.

Session principles

Results and quality of a session depend on inclusive and broad based participation. To maintain transparency and an effective interactive dialogue, we ask everyone to respect the following principles:

  • focus on the emerging issues on the European agenda
  • avoid duplication or “just more of the same”
  • avoid seminar style (not just a series of power point presentations)
  • each speaker – 5 min “punchy” statements or provocative questions
  • not more than 4 key participants
  • including the (remote) audience as much and early as possible
  • (Self-) promotion for speaking slots or “speaker placement” – is not appreciated
  • stakeholder balance – considering gender, age and geographical balance
  • publish all information about your session on the wiki as soon as possible
EuroDIG messages

Messages are compiled for each Focus Area and form the main output of the annual EuroDIG. Find the messages from 2021 here.

Reporters from the Geneva Internet Platform will be assigned to take notes and to formulate the messages that:

  1. relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  2. are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
  3. popropose goals and activities for policy makers
  4. are in rough consensus with the audience

These Messages are agreed at the end of each day by the audience. The Org Team has one more week thereafter to finalise them on our Commenting Plattform.

EuroDIG wiki as the organising tool and archive

The EuroDIG wiki is publicly available and keeps all information and workflows in one place. It is our archive but also collaboration plattform for Org Teams, and increases the inclusiveness and transparency of the EuroDIG process.


Participate at the event

19. – 21.06.2023

EuroDIG will take place on NEW DATE: 19 – 21 June 2023

During the annual EuroDIG event everybody can participate at any stage. The audience has equal speaking rights as speaker on a panel. We will start with a (half) day zero on NEW DATE: 19 June 2023 and offer the auditorium and the workshop rooms to organisations to hold their meetings.
Please have a look at the programme from 2022.
We will organise a hybrid event which offers equal opportunities for remote and on-site participants. Taking into account our experience from the meeting in Trieste we are working on the technical details and inform participants here closer to the date.
EuroDIG is held in English but we offer live transcription. Thanks to our donor’s participation is open for all and free of charge. However, our budget is very tight and far from being sustainable. In order to continue our work, we would appreciate voluntary contributions via our donation platform.


Messages and Feedback on EuroDIG 2022

23.06.2022 – 30.09.2022

Messages are compiled from each Focus Area and form the main output of the annual EuroDIG. The messages are presented to the global Internet Governance Forum that is convened by the United Nations with a view to contributing to global, other regional and national debates on Internet governance. Find the messages from 2022 here.

To agree in consent on the Messages we had foresee 30 min at the end of each day for each Focus Area.

Reporters from the Geneva Internet Platform were assigned to take notes and to formulate the messages for each Focus Area that:

  1. relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  2. are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
  3. are in rough consensus with the audience

The Messages were reviewed after the event by the Org Teams on our Commenting Platform.

We strongly suggested to all session organisers and Focal Points to participate in the process of agreeing on the messages, because this delivers the outcome of their work. Session organisers are free to make a summary in addition to be published on the session page at the wiki.