European Dialogue on Internet Governance: How to serve the public interest

The 6th edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), to be held in Lisbon on 20-21 June 2013, will bring together some 400 representatives from civil society, business, governments, parliaments and international organisations to discuss the most recent European developments concerning the Internet and the public policy challenges ahead. In six plenaries the participants will look for answers to the following questions:

  • How to keep the Internet safe, free and open? Regulations, laws, agreements, self-regulatory initiatives can contribute to a framework which helps to keep Internet safe, free and open. But is an Internet specific regulation needed? What are the risks and the advantages? What are the options?
  • What are the implications of privacy and e-commerce for children and young people? Are they aware that social platforms are business models which use personal data as a form of currency that can be transferred to third parties? Is it possible to secure their privacy from commercial abuse?
  • What is the public interest? Different Internet stakeholders claim to act in the public interest, but how can the public interest be defined when we refer to the Internet?
  • Under which jurisdiction(s) are European citizens online? When online European citizens can be subject to multiple rules according to their place of residence, the services they use, as well as the location of the servers and DNS operators involved. How should this be addressed?
  • How can governments, industry and users fight cybercrime and safeguard cybersecurity?
  • Who makes money with content and who should pay for it? Can copyright protect quality journalism? Do content aggregators promote access in the public interest? How should content be regulated?


In addition, eight workshops will address issues such as the governance challenges of IP address management, how the copyright framework in Europe affects access to culture, network neutrality, security of the Internet and initiatives to protect the rights of Internet users. The debates will also tackle how to extend Internet access to all citizens how to tackle hate speech online, and the challenges that Connected TV creates: how will broadcasting TV regulations affect access to the Internet via TV screens?

Shortly after the EuroDIG, the “Messages from Lisbon”, a document containing its main outcomes, will be published. It will be presented at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place from 22 to 25 October 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.

EuroDIG 2013 is organised by the Gabinete para os Meios de Comunicação Social (GMCS), the Portugal Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC Portugal), Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. It is supported by the Council of Europe, the European Broadcasting Corporation (EBU), the European Commission, the Swiss Federal Office of Telecommunications (OFCOM), the European Youth Forum and the European Regional At-Large Organisation (EURALO).