Sweden host of Internet conference promoting inclusion

12/06/2012

Who sets the rules for the Internet? What rules do users want? How can the Internet be used to strengthen Europe? These questions will be discussed when 500 participants and speakers, including H.M. Queen Silvia, Thorbjørn Jagland (Secretary General of the Council of Europe), Anna-Karin Hatt (Minister for Information Technology and Energy) and Carl Bildt (Minister for Foreign Affairs) gather in Stockholm and around Europe for the EuroDIG 2012 Conference on 14-15 June.

The use of and dependence on the Internet is increasing globally. Consequently there is also an interest in issues relating to the governance of Internet – what applies and what does not. There is a growing need for Europe to find common positions on how we consider that the Internet should be governed and developed. The response to this need is the annual EuroDIG (European Dialogue on Internet Governance) Conference. This is the fifth time that EuroDIG has been organised, this time with the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) as the host.

Many things affect the development of the Internet

The conference is aimed at representatives of public administrations, industry and NGOs who want to discuss challenges relating to the future of the Internet. EuroDIG uses the ‘Multistakeholder Model’, a model where all stakeholders, regardless of size, participate and talk on an equal footing in order to establish an open and transparent dialogue. An important part of EuroDIG is also the opportunity to follow and participate in remote discussions via live webcasts and remote participation, anything to afford as many people as possible the opportunity to have an influence.

“Sweden is a strong proponent of an open, global and secure Internet. For this reason, it is great to be able to host the fifth EuroDIG, a milestone in an important process that promotes these values and allows everyone to make their voices heard,” comments Göran Marby, Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority.

Queen Silvia among the speakers

This year’s theme is “Who sets the rules for the Internet?” and in total approximately 100 people will appear. These include H.M. Queen Silvia, Anna-Karin Hatt (Minister for Information Technology and Energy), Carl Bildt (Minister for Foreign Affairs) Thorbjørn Jagland (Secretary General of the Council of Europe), Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission) and Alexander Alvaro (Vice-President of the European Parliament).

A large number of interesting subjects will be raised over a period of two days in panel discussions and workshops. The twenty or so subjects included have been compiled through a proposal process via the Internet. These include freedom of expression on the Internet, children and the Internet, privacy and security and Public-Private Cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.

EuroDIG 2012 has five separate pre-conferences, including two youth conferences relating to new media and the Internet and one about the Internet as a catalyst in a changing world. Link to more information about the pre-conferences.

Find out more about EuroDIG

For more information:
Anders Johanson (PTS) tel. +46 70 845 4450 or Lee Hibbard (Council of Europe) tel. +33 388 41 3104
For media affairs and press accreditation, contact the Press Office on +46 8 678 55 55 or jesper.hultqvist@pts.se