21-25 August 2017 · Sarajevo, Olympic mountain Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Background

The significant role and impact the Internet has on social, educational, cultural, legal, economic, and political aspects of society around the world is evident in the development of the Balkan countries in particular as well. Participation records show a significant lack of community’s participation in global Internet governance policy spaces. Disproportion representation between Balkan and other European countries is also evident, as the attendance statistics of the past 11 years of the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) demonstrate, for instance. This leads to consequences such as the lack of substantive participation in bottom-up IG processes and disengagement in building the program of major IG events (e.g. no or very few workshop proposal submissions, very low number of participants in situ or online, lack of good practice examples from the region, little sharing of challenges in the region, etc.), This is due to several factors:

  • Lack of awareness      
  • Lack of information and teaching on Internet governance related topics
  • Funding and access issues       

Objectives

  • Provide a supportive learning environment on the most pressing issues pertaining of Internet governance today
  • Create an unique setting for engaging with international and regional experts whose lectures will facilitate in-depth learning and further research and engagement activities
  • Enable participants to succeed in a long-term goal to engage in IG fora and processes, as national and regional experts on the subject matters, to contribute in higher levels IG discussion arenas in order to amplify national and regional voices and perspectives, fostering this way more inclusive, open, and transparent IG processes in the region and beyond
  • Expend network of peers and experts from different sectors to engage with in future
  • Produce the first ‘mapping document’ mirroring subject matters of the BSIG 2017 programme, which are in prior bottom-up consultations suggested as pressing issues by the community itself
  • Enjoy and benefit from the networking

Who is it for?

Target beneficiaries/participants/stakeholder groups

– Academia (including graduate students from relevant fields of study)

–   Business/private sector

–   Civil society

–   Government

–   Media & journalism

–   Technical community

Target countries

Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Greece
Kosovo *
Macedonia, FYR
Montenegro
Romania
Serbia
Slovenia
Turkey

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence