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DGG @ SEEDIG

Digital Goes Green co-organised the “SEE sustainable future: Twinning green and digital” session at SEEDIG 7 Series which took place on 6 September 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 CEST via Zoom.

The keynote fireside chat between Ilias Iakovidis, PhD, Adviser at DG-CONNECT, European Commission and  Frederic Donck, President at DigitalGoes.Green was moderated by Vesna Manojlovic, Community Builder at RIPE NCC. The vibrant 90-minute discussion addressed key issues around climate action and digitalisation, and building a sustainable digital future for the SEE region. 

Dr. Iakovidis stated that “In the SEE region, digitalisation accompanied by green gains, such as emissions or pollution reduction, can open up new opportunities. By adding the green dimension to their product and services, local companies can be more competitive and be the preferred solutions by governments, international institutions and large companies. Innovation is not only about technology. It is also about people and local knowledge. The advantage of small and medium enterprises is that they understand the local settings and culture, understand the problems in a bottom-up manner, and can tailor better their digital solutions. Moving to circular economy and product-as-a-service is also opportunity for SMEs in SEE. Those that understand the synergy and key opportunities of green and digital transitions will be better fit for the future.

Mr. Donck’s key message was “Bridging the gap in regional digitisation needs to be done with a green mindset and through a collaborative effort of all interested stakeholders to make digital services green by design. Apart from measuring the environmental impact of ICTs, greening equipment and infrastructure, the companies also need to think about the intangible part of the internet and change the way they design the online services by, for example, incorporating sustainable interaction design with a user.

 

The South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) is an open, inclusive and informal space for dialogue and cooperation on Internet and digital policy issues between stakeholders from South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+). It is a regional Internet Governance Forum (IGF) initiative, recognised as such by the UN-led IGF. SEEDIG was launched in a bottom-up manner, in 2014, as a response to a need, as perceived by the regional Internet community, for a platform to facilitate discussions and collaboration on Internet-related issues of relevance for the region.

Ceren Ünal, VP & General Counsel

Coming from a solid legal background and always fascinated by the Internet and how it transformed the law, Ceren has been teaching and consulting on IT/Internet law & policy since 2003. Prior to DGG, Ceren worked as the Regional Policy Manager for Europe at the Internet Society, where she advised on a wide range of EU law and policy issues around the Internet and led multistakeholder processes in the region. She also is the founding partner of Wootlex, a consultancy company for IT Law & Policy, and a lecturer for Internet Law at Bilkent University. Ceren holds a law degree from Ankara University and an LLM in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary, University of London as a British Chevening Scholar. She is qualified as a lawyer and European Patent Attorney. As a hopeless optimist for tech bringing good to people, Ceren is inspired to put her experience and expertise to use, to develop sound policies, best practices and standards for a sustainable digital future. .

Nicholas Lunt, Strategic Engagement Officer

Nicholas has been a trusted reputation management and strategic communications consultant to politicians, senior government officials, diplomats and corporate executives for over 25 years. He has designed and implemented integrated communications campaigns for a wide range of clients in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia in both the corporate and public sectors. Nicholas is currently Campaigns Director at Brussels-based communications consultancy, LOW Europe. Over the past 25 years he has been a senior executive at a number of leading international communications and brand consultancies including BCW and Ogilvy. He has also worked as a high-level political communications and election communications strategist in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Kenya. After graduating from the University of Loughborough and then the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Nicholas spent ten years in the British Army serving in a range of roles around the world.