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[EuroDig Interview] Vedran Djordjevic, Canada

Vedran Djordjevic comes from the City of Vancouver, where he works at the Municipal Government as a web content coordinator with the Corporate Communications department. Vedran took the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme with Diplo and is joining the team in Geneva for the EuroDig.

DIPLO IGCBP: Vedran, how was the capacity building programme with Diplo? What did you like more about the eLearning experience?


VEDRAN: The IGCBP with Diplo was a really eye-opening experience, the combination of weekly readings and the knowledge from the participants really brought together the true eLearning experience. What really struck me was the level of interaction and participation, it was much higher than in a regular classroom, there were no barriers on input and everyone’s view brought another piece to the endless IG puzzle.

DIPLO IGCBP: Vedran, please tell us more about the current situation in your country: what do you see as the main challenges ahead? What are the main topics of interest for you in Internet governance? And how do you expect to touch these issues on the EuroDig?

VEDRAN: Canada is on a good road, it has all the parts needed to have a good country-wide Internet Governance/ICT movement, it just needs a catalyst to put it all in motion. The challenge is getting people involved and informed. I believe involvement has to start from the local, community, municipal levels and the empowerment of local Internet Governance and ICT projects will be the key in Canada’s progress. At EuroDig I would like to find out the challenges other countries and/or municipalities are facing and the implementation experiences from its participants.

DIPLO IGCBP: What are the professional and research projects you would like to continue over the next years? What type of people would you like to be connected to for these goals?

VEDRAN; My goal is to get fully involved in Vancouver’s municipal e-government project and would like to connect with other individuals who have worked on e-government or ICT implementations in their city or country. But, I am always ready for a challenge...

DIPLO IGCBP: Thanks for this interview, Vedran - with your work in Canada you surely have a lot of interesting experiences to share with our group - for those of you working with e-government, we recommend to exchange some ideas with Vedran!

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This interview is part of a series with participants from the European Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (although in this case our guest Vedran took the 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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