The opening session aimed to gather some of the key stakeholders in IG issues, mostly from governments. It was good that Georgios Kipouros from JEF had an opportunity to represent youth and its need for better IG and the issues that are relevant to young people first of all, such as privacy and data protection.
Basically, most of the IG issues were covered and the attitude of the presenters from the governmental agencies was rather positive and optimistic towards them, which means that they are aware of these issues and they can contribute to development of these topics on governmental level, as politicians have the major advantage in decision-making with regards to IG issues compared to the civil society and industries. E.g., Frank Bsirske stressed the importance of the correct approach to data retention and privacy regulation in Germany in order to protect end users.
Overall, the statements seemed to be too general and diplomatic, but at the same time country specific. It was still good to see that general awareness of the IG topics was high among the speakers from national governments.