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About the Eurodig

The European Dialogue on Internet Governance (Eurodig) is a meeting that takes place once a year to discuss issues related to Internet governance, which touch directly upon the lives of Internet users, such
as: privacy, freedom of expression, access to the Internet and content
diversity, to name just a few. The EuroDig is a multistakeholder forum.
This means that governments, civil society and the business sector can
participate on equal footing. The primary aim is to promote open
dialogue between all participating stakeholders in order to prepare
their participation in and contributions to the Internet Governance
Forum (IGF).


Why is this meeting important to young people?

Young people are among those who use the Internet the most, not only for leisure, but also to research, to express themselves, to create culture and to share knowledge. They have more fully understood the
potential of the Internet, but currently they have little participation
in the process of making decisions about its future. Young people will
inherit the Internet that is being shaped today. How can youth ensure
that their freedom of expression, that their privacy and interests will
be protected in the future? The only way is to get involved in the
process of decision‐making now.


Why is this meeting important to you if you do not live in Europe?

The discussions in the meeting aim to contribute to the general Internet governance debate, and the outcomes of the discussions in EuroDig will be taken to the IGF in Vilnius. In addition the European
Commission and the Council of Europe are very forward‐looking, making
ground‐breaking progress in Internet governance, and are willing and
eager to incorporate world views. They have made it clear that the views
of other regions are important to them, so it is an additional
opportunity to make your opinions heard.


How can I get to be involved in the EuroDig?

The EuroDig usually takes place in different countries. It has been held in France (2008) and in Switzerland (2009). In 2010, it will take place in Spain. Unfortunately, several factors may hamper physical
attendance, such as professional commitments and travel costs. But
staying in your home city does not mean that it is not possible to
follow the debates. It does not mean you cannot participate actively and
make your voice heard. There will be interactive channels for e
participation.
You can follow the discussions from home, watching the webcast of
the event and participating in chat. But it is also possible to organize
EuroDig hubs.


What are the Hubs?

The hubs are local meetings that take place in parallel with the main meeting. People can watch the webcast together and send questions (text or video) that will be answered by panelists in EuroDig. In addition,
hub organizers can hold debates to discuss the themes introduced at the
Eurodig, but from a local perspective. There are several advantages in
creating a hub: it helps to raise awareness about Internet Governance
issues, it fosters networking among participants and community building
and it encourages follow‐up activities.


How to organize a hub in your city?

The requirements are very simple:

- A room or auditorium. It can be held in a university classroom or any other convenient place

- A computer with a broadband Internet connection and a video‐conference (or projector) equipment, to watch the webcast

- A hub moderator, who will plan the dynamics of the local roundtables and discussions as well as transmit the hub participants’ questions or comments to the main EuroDig meeting through the remote
participation channels.

- A general call in lists, forums, etc, to invite the interested local community

- An online training session to become familiar with the platform that will be used for interaction will be offered prior to the event


Dynamics of interaction during the meeting

Remote participants will be able to follow the meeting taking place in Madrid by watching videocasts or listening to audiocasts from the meeting rooms and by viewing the PPT presentations
from the speakers. The organization is also trying to make available
real-time closed captioning.

Remote participants will be able to interact with the meeting individually or from a hub. All remote participants will be able to send text questions, using the remote participation platform (more
information about it will be posted here soon). These questions will be
forwarded to the panel moderator when he/she opens the floor for
questions from the audience. Hubs can also send short pre-recorded video
questions or statement that will be projected on the large meeting
screen.

Both physical and remote attendees are encouraged to tweet about the event using #eurodig. The comments on Twitter will be monitored and questions could be forwarded to the panel moderators.


How can you receive more information about remote participation in Eurodig?

Remote Participation Working Group: info@igfremote.info

Ginger Paque: VirginiaP@diplomacy.edu


Link to videos about remote participation in the IGF and messages from hubs: http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/page/igf-remote-participation

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Excellent, Marilia! Thanks for all the Remote Participation Working Group for organizing this info!

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