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How do we ensure an open, trusted Internet across all of Europe?  How can we help all countries across Europe realise the full opportunities provided by the Internet?  What do we need to do to improve the overall security of the Internet? And what kind of regulations and policies would best support the ongoing growth enabled by the Internet?

We will be discussing all those questions and much more at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 2015 taking place this week in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Starting on Wednesday, June 3, will be the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) and then the main EuroDIG event happens on Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5.  In the midst of that, we'll also be holding a meeting and dinner for Internet Society Chapter leaders and members and of course any number of side meetings.

In an interesting alignment of timing, the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) is happening this same week and as my colleague, Dawit Bekele wrote today, we've got an action-packed week happening there in Tunis!  Our delegation there will also focus on these critical questions and issues around public policy, security and development.

At EuroDIG, our Internet Society delegation will be led by Frédéric Donck, our Regional Bureau Director for Europe and Raúl Echeberría, our Vice-President for Global Engagement. As the schedule below indicates, several other members of our staff will be on the ground in Bulgaria, including myself speaking on a cybersecurity panel.  We'll also have a booth in the exhibit area where you can meet ISOC staff and volunteers.

Frédéric and several other ISOC staff people have been very involved in the organising of several sessions. In particular, I want to point out that Frédéric has been the coordinator of a statement on Network Neutrality that EuroDIG is assembling as a contribution to the 2015 Internet Governance Forum later this year.  That statement will be discussed throughout the EuroDIG event culminating in a specific session focused on the adoption of the document. This is a great example of the multi-stakeholder process in action, and we are looking forward to the outcome.

The schedule of events can be found below.  If you are unable to attend in person, remote participation is available via WebEx.

We'll also be very active in social media, and you can follow the #eurodig hashtag on most social networks to see more of what we are doing.  We also have a EuroDIG 2015 event page that we'll be updating with more information as the event goes on.

I look forward to meeting many people at EuroDIG 2015 and engaging in this incredibly important dialogue about the future of the Internet!

What Happened?

Find out what happened at EuroDig 2015 on the EuroDig website. 

Schedule Of Events

Internet Society staff and volunteers are participating in the following activities.  All times are in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST - UTC+3).

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

SEEDIG - overall programme

09:30 - 11:00 - Introduction to Internet governance (“What is Internet governance and why should I care?”) - Frédéric Donck is a panellist.

11:30 - 13:00 - Multistakeholder Internet Governance mechanisms/approaches at a national level - Grigori Saghyan of ISOC Armenia Chapter is a panellist.

16:00 - 17:30 - The domain name space in South Eastern Europe – the case of IDNs - Lianna Galstyan of ISOC Armenia is a panellist.

ISOC Chapter and Members Meeting

14:30 - 18:00 - Meeting

19:00 - Dinner

Thursday, 4 June 2015

EuroDIG 

11:30 - NETmundial side event - Raúl Echeberria is a panellist.

14:30 - 16:00 - Should I click for Internet governance? Where? -Olivier Crépin-Leblond of ISOC England/UK Chapter is a facilitator, and Grigori Saghyan of ISOC Armenia is an organiser.

Friday, 5 June 2015

09:30 - 11:00 - How can the open Internet coexist with new IP services? - Frédéric Donck is the session moderator, and Lianna Galstyan of ISOC Armenia will be interacting with remote participants.

11:30 - 13:00 - Cybersecurity: bringing the puzzle together - Dan York is a panellist.

11:30 - 13:00 - Internationalised Domain Names - Lianna Galstyan of ISOC Armenia is a panellist.

11:30 - 13:00 - How to facilitate equal access for all? - Maarit Palovirta is a panellist.

14:30 - 16:00 - Follow-up: Cybersecurity: bringing the puzzle together - Dan York is a panellist.

14:30 - 16:00 - European policy options for digital access and inclusion - Frédéric Donck is a panellist.

16:30 - 18:00 - The IANA Stewardship Transition: A Test Case for Internet Governance? - Konstantinos Komaitis is a panellist.

Other Notes

Official EuroDIG information may be found on social media at:

For information about Internet Society activities at EuroDIG, please contact Dan York at york@isoc.org

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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