Philippe Boilat Director General of Human rights and legal affairs talked spoke about EuroDig and stated that Eurodig deos not have a formal mandate. He thanked all the people, organizations and networks that were presented on the conference. He noted that CoE promots human rights and democracy and it applies to online world as well. So awareness and effectiveness is one of the priorities of CoE. He highlited the importance and role of internet and sated that that internet is space of freedom , to search, to learn and to play. Internet become an essential tool integrated into everyday life of everybody and deprivation of it will be harmful. He also noted that it required security. He also talked about the future plans such as supporting the Eurodig and IGF in future as well. He also mentioned that it is important how we use the benchmarks, which are related to IG and focus on capacity building and cooperate with private sector. He named an successful examples of cooperation-human rights guidelines for internet service providers and online games. So he said there should be future cooperation in automatic process in framework of profiling, so to reach out today the common concerns and issues. The European perspectives exposed during Eurodig will be forwarded to IGF.
He also highlighted two questions: 1) whether it would be possible to sustain a framework for more ipen dialog by strengthening of meeting of Eurodig and as for the second question he asked if people/organizations are ready to work with road range of stakeholders and he concluded that if the answers to both questions are affirmative then CoE could provide a secretariat support to strengthen the multistakeholder dialogue.
The following presentator Veronique Gigon (Deputy Directorm sWuss federal office of communications) started her speech with the statement that Eurodig does not belong to any institution; it belongs to everyone who takes part in it. It is prepared by multiparty network who makes suggestions. She said that we all benefit from internet and that there is a necessity of defining common principles with regard internet management. Aim of which will be to guarantee all freedoms with less restrictions. She also talked about the necessity of involving all countries from Europe, which was not the case last year. In order to fill this gap Students taking courses provided by Diplo have been invited to the conference.
After these statements, moderator asked the question how the presenters envisage the permanent dialogue on IG?
Markus KUmmmer, executive director, united nationas internet governance forum –he reviewed the recent developments in these field, naming the several regional IGFs that took place recently. Examples of latin America, East Africa were named along others. He said that regional and national IFG have different formats, different agendas, but they also have the common feature-they see themselves as values, they will provide the regional perspective/
These statements were followed by the couple video messages.
Asa Torstensson, minister of communications, ministry of enterprise, energy and communications-She noted that it is a great opportunity to disclose the concerns in a multistakeholder format. She highlighted the importance of Mulstistakeholders format as it is effective mechanisms for global cooperation. She also talked about Sweden seeking to contribute the dialogue for information Society and that they are offering public consultation to reach an agreement. She mentioned that internet debate is challenging and difficult. She also said that internet should remain a tool for democracy, and that it should be free and open. At the end she once again noted that it is very important that public sector cooperation with government and that it this process should be transparent.
Frank Bsirske-He also stressed that structure of internet dialogue should involve multistakeholders, and that it cannot be left to government. He said that the fashion the information technology is designed is also question of democracy. He talked about the challenges such as data retentions, work surveillance and noted that freedom of expression and data protection should be strengthened. Bsirske touched also issue of necessary debate with regard the legal framework of Internet, and added that all projects of IG and IT should be checked in the line with data protection and other main concepts, before their implementation. He talked about the creating the structure which will not leave the space for misusing the rights.
He talked about the role of academy with regard internet related issues. He mentioned that combination of academy is significant inspirations. Hi highlighted¬ the strength and weaknesses of academics. As a strengthened he named the drafting of IG definition, as for the weakness the lack of writing and the absence of international organization. He also mentioned some other developments such as summer schools but once again noted that there is need for more qualified people who can be the IG leaders.
Massimo Luchina-he said that an economical crisis is a good example that we cannot predict the future individually, but what is possible is the discussion and cooperation. He mentioned that IGF is the right place to share and learn. He stressed the main terms which are cooperation and learning. And welcomed everybody’s input in the process.
He talked about the role of Youth and the importance that internet has for youth, but at the same time noted that it is challenging, since the youth is most vulnerable group in terms of privacy and security. He named low awareness and copyright as one of the main problem. He also mentioned their initiative about media literacy.