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National Internet Governance Forum will be held in Moldova

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As a result of the recognition of the national initiative in the Republic of Moldova by the IGF international secretariat, has started the organization of the Internet Governance Forum (Moldova IGF 2020), which will be held on March 20, 2020 in the Digital Park.

The initiator of this significant event for the Internet community is the “Comunitatea Internet” Association supported by Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova. The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Moldova and a number of other key state institutions joined the open dialogue. International partners, including ICANN, IGFSA, SecDev Foundation, RIPE NCC, and SEEDIG, support MIGF. Among the national partners of the Forum are the Technical University of Moldova, Digital Park and private companies in the field of IT-technologies and telecommunications.

The MIGF 2020 Organizing Committee included representatives from four stakeholder groups: Government, technical community, private sector and civil society. In addition, a representative of an international organization is included in the Organizing Committee with observer status.

At the meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Moldova IGF, which was held last month, there were discussed current issues related to the preparation of the Forum and proposals from the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure and other Government institutions, experts and other community members.

According to Alexei Marciuc, chairman of the Organizing Committee and national coordinator of MIGF, Moldova has become the 88th country in the world where the IGF initiative has started. In total, he said, today 125 national and regional initiatives, including 88 national Internet governance forums, 18 regional forums and 19 youth IGFs, have been recognized by the IGF international secretariat.

According to the expectations of the event organizers, guests and speakers will formulate and discuss current trends in Internet governance, as well as consider the new challenges that the participants in this process face. In addition, during the Forum, representatives of the SecDev Foundation will hold a cyber security and cyber hygiene master class for interested individuals.

One of the main objective of MIGF is to bring together different categories of participants, such as Government agencies, private sector, technical community, academia, civil society and international organizations. Within a multilateral, democratic and transparent process, they will discuss the most important issues of state policy in the field of Internet governance and security in a virtual environment. MIGF supports open discussions to determine a common approach to promoting the Internet and managing the risks and problems associated with its use and development.

During the MIGF, a series of plenary and panel sessions will be held, topics such as:

  • Internet governance in the context of digital transformation,
  • Internet governance and freedom in the digital space,
  • Trust and security in the digital future,
  •  Economic and social value of the Internet as a catalyst for digital technology,
  • Negative phenomena in the Internet space (cybercrime, hybrid war, propaganda, fake news) and their overcoming,
  • Use of the Internet in the context of the European standards for the protection of personal data (GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation).

The MIGF 2020 Organizing Committee invites everyone who is interested in discussing current Internet governance issues to participate in the national initiative. To register, use the online form on the event website. The organizers are also waiting for your ideas and suggestions through a form on the site or social networks.

 

SEEDIG 2019 Is Coming to Bucharest. Join Now, Not to Regret Afterwards…

We are thrilled to announce that this year South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) is coming to Bucharest, Romania, on May 7-8, 2019.

Why should you join SEEDIG in Bucharest? It’s simple:

  • We are the only sub-regional initiative dedicated to open, inclusive, and informal dialogue on Internet policy and governance
  • We specifically focus on South Eastern Europe and neighbouring area (SEE+)
  • We are an amazing community of like-minded people passionate about Internet and its governing policies
  • We unite people coming from various backgrounds and all stakeholder groups (governments, private sector, technical community, academia, civil society)
  • We discuss topics relevant for the SEE+ region, such as digital divide, cybersecurity, IDNs, digital rights, and digital economy
  • We want our region to use its human and technological potential to the fullest, and have an equal stand in Internet governance ecosystem.

This year’s programme is still being shaped by the programme committee, and you have all the chances to be a part of the agenda. In May at SEEDIG we will talk about:

  • Cybersecurity and building trust in digital technologies
  • Internet infrastructure and using technologies for digital innovation
  • Digital technologies for all by enhancing accessibility and skills
  • Trends, challenges and regulations in digital businesses.

You can follow the agenda drafting process, and check the programme for regular updates by visiting SEEDIG official website.

If you are passionate about asking thought-provoking questions and know how to peacefully and productively manage a discussion between stakeholders with opposite interests, write to us, and we can discuss about your potential role as a moderator.

If, otherwise, you feel more like sharing your own experiences and expertise, drop us a line, and we will gladly talk about your contribution to the discussions.

If you want to make sure that none of the key messages discussed during the sessions gets lost, we have a role for you. Join us as a rapporteur, take notes of the discussions, and share them afterwards with the community for a follow-up and further collaboration in-between the annual meetings. We are waiting for your expressions of interest.

Want to support us financially and increase your visibility in the region? After you check our sponsorship proposal, send us a notification, and we will contact you to discuss details, and will feature your name among our partners (ICANN, ISOC, RIPE NCC, Council of Europe, European Commission, EuroDIG, etc.).

Have you heard about SEEDIG before but never had a chance to attend? Or is it the very first time that you come across this abbreviation? We are open to both experienced participants and absolute newcomers. Participation in the SEEDIG 5 meeting is totally free and inclusive, but registration is required. Register now, and become a part of the biggest Internet governance event in the region.

We are preparing one more surprise for you to celebrate SEEDIG’s 5th anniversary. If you are not yet a part of the community, or haven’t been active so far, it’s the right time to join, and unite efforts to shape a better digital future for our region.

You are the one we need in the community of Internet governance enthusiasts. Let’s meet in Bucharest this May!