2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean for the Internet As We Know It?
with Veni Markovski, Internet pioneer, co-founder of bol.bg, and current ICANN vice-president for Russia, CIS, and Eastern Europe
February 4, 2014 at 12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St., Second Floor
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Media
In October, President of Brazil Dilma Roussefannounced a high-level meeting on Internet governance to be held in April in Rio de Janeiro. ITU will have not one, not two, but three international meetings, and will be tackling Internet issues. As governments initiate talks about policies with regards to who controls the Internet, Veni Markovski will explore how the 2014 landscape of Internet governance may change.
In September 1990, Veni Markovski started his work on the Internet as a system operator of the first Sofia-based bulletin-board system, part of FidoNet. In 1993 Mr. Markovski partnered with another Bulgarian Internet pioneer, Dimitar (Mitko) Ganchev, to form bol.bg, the second Bulgarian Internet Service Provider in history. Veni Markovski was President and CEO of bol.bg for nine years. The two owners sold the company successfully in 2008 to an international investment fund. In 1995, he co-founded the Bulgarian Internet Society, a non-profit, of which he serves still as President and chairman of the Board. In March 2002, Mr. Markovski was appointed as the Chairman of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Council, a position he held until the President stepped down from office at the end of his second term on January 22, 2012. In 2005, he was invited to be the senior international projects adviser to the chairman of the Governmental Agency for Information Technologies and Communications, a position that he has held until 2009. As of November 2012, Mr. Markovski is the ICANN vice-president for Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe, and frequently visits the region, where he is using his long-term personal and working relations with many of the Internet policy makers, pioneers, businessmen and non-profits for the good of the global domain names and IP addresses coordinating body.