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[EuroDig Interview] Maria Morozova, Ukraine

"Mojito" Morozova is a media activist coming originally from Ukraine and currently residing in Hungary.

Mojito graduated from CEU, Hungary (MA in public policy; media, information and communications policy stream) and is part of the team who successfully completed the European Capacity Development Programme in Internet Governance and will join the activities on the EuroDig next week in Geneva.

DIPLO IGCBP: Mojito, how was the capacity development programme with Diplo?

MOJITO: The program was a good opportunity to meet people with various backgrounds, experiences and opinions united under the umbrella of common interests in internet governance. For me personally it was a
sort of a reminder and refresher of the knowledge I gained one year ago at CEU.

Moreover, the program covered some new aspects I did not come across before. The best thing about the program was the possibility to discuss the IG issues and see current situation and future perspectives of IG from different angles.

DIPLO IGCBP: Tell us more about the current situation in your country: what do you see as the main challenges ahead?

MOJITO: The situation in Ukraine is quite interesting: there are always various issues and holes in the system that need urgent help, such as economic and political stability. This is why such comparatively 'unimportant' issues as IG have never been considered as a primary goal for policy makers.

Indeed, some discussions were made around information society, critical infrastructure and digital divide as well as IPR protection, cyber crimes and freedom of information, but they were not of a big interest neither for the society nor for policy makers.

In this regards, the main challenge is to set up the priorities according to the modern requirements of the world community that tends to describe itself as the information society (the latter just starts forming in Ukraine).

DIPLO IGCBP: Mojito, what are the main topics of interest for you in Internet governance? And how do you expect to touch these issues on the EuroDig?

MOJITO: My primary topics of interest are privacy and data protection, freedom of information and network neutrality. My expectations are rather simple: I would like to meet other people to share our experiences and
discuss where the above mentioned issues are heading nowadays.

DIPLO IGCBP: What are the professional and research projects you would like to continue over the next years?

MOJITO: I would like to continue with my current tasks at ICST - organizing academic conferences with focus on IG issues around the world, as well as making deeper research on privacy issues and end-user education on
'safe surfing'.

DIPLO IGCBP: What type of people would you like to be connected to for these goals?

MOJITO: I would like to be connected to experts in privacy and data protection, as well as everyone who has interest in this topic. Moreover, I would like to get connected to media activists that lobby for net neutrality and equal access to internet services for everyone

DIPLO IGCBP: Thanks a lot for this, Mojito! We hope that such activists and other Community members pursuing similar interests add you as a friend on the Community so you can continue to collaborate!


This interview is part of a series with participants from the European Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme. Diplo IGCBP stands for Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme and you can find more on our Facebook profile, the Internet Governance Capacity Building page on Facebook or the Twitter for Internet Governance

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