In the concluding session of the EuroDIG the audience was asked to express 3 takeaway thoughts inspired by the two days of the meeting. Here are mine:
First, I firmly state as well the necessity of a more inclusiveness of the European IG debate, with a direct reference to a broader participation of East European stakeholders’ representatives. I was glad to hear the Diplo fellows rising up this issue in the last session and other speakers supporting it. Our active participation at this meeting was a very good starting point, appreciated as such not only by our funders, but the initiators and supporters of the EuroDIG idea as well. This is why it shouldn’t remain singular and it’s up to us, the East Europeans who were there, to take away this message, share it with our co-nationals and get involved to make our voices heard as well. So keep an eye on the future developments of the EuroDIG, on the open consultations that will follow and speak up!
Second idea is linked to the content of EuroDIG discussions. Human rights are the cultural tradition of Europe – it has been stated with several occasions during these 2 days – and the core value of EuroDIG as well. The awareness of users about their rights should be a priority for every stakeholder. There have been discussions about media literacy, education, but I prefer the term awareness because it implies a permanent state of consciousness about strengths and weaknesses. Whether raised from outside or coming from inside each user’s curiosity or interest, awareness means in the end keeping up with how the world (and not only Internet) evolves and how this evolution affects you.
And last, but not least, I take away a feeling. For me these two days have been inspiring if only for the positive energy floating around. There were “the usual suspects” whose positions probably became common knowledge, there were “new suspects” adding their flavour, and all together there was a dialogue, an open spirit and a good will. Something nice to be part of.