- Internet Society - Bulgaria
Internet Society - Bulgaria is a non-governmental organization (NGO), founded on
December 4, 1995in Sofia by a group of Bulgarian Internet professionals.
ISOC-Bulgaria was founded in 1995. It became known world-wide in 1999, when it sued the government of
Ivan Kostovagainst the proposed licensing of the Internet Service Providers in Bulgaria.
In 2001, through ISOC-Bulgaria's influence, Voice over Internet Protocol (
VoIP) remained outside of the monopoly of the national telecom, which allowed a great variety of new Internet services to start in Bulgaria.
ISOC-Bulgaria is a non-governmental organization for public profit, and represents users.
ISOC-Bulgaria is currently involved in a number of projects, related to usage and promotion of free and open source software, among them:
* [http://www.foss.bg FOSS] - the Free and Open Source Software Project for SEEurope,
* [http://www.tossad.org tOSSad] - towards Open Source Software adoption and dissemination, or
* [http://www.flossworld.org FLOSS world] - Free/Libre/Open Source Software: Worldwide impact study.
In 2005–2006 ISOC-Bulgaria launched the Bulgarian version of
ISOC Bulgaria was a key player during the
Before that, in 1999 and in 2001 through its influence, Bulgaria became the first country to legally accept full freedom of access to the Internet by changing its Telecommunications Law, which leaves the domain name system and the IP Address allocation outside of the control of the government.
ISOC Bulgaria has been actively involved in the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI), headed by
George Sadowsky, and has contributed to formation of governmental IT-policy in a number of countries, not only in Bulgaria.
Among hundreds of its members are the current Bulgarian President
Georgi Parvanov, the former President Peter Stoyanov, the current prime minister Sergey Stanishev, the former PM Ivan Kostov, many politiicans, IT-experts, journalists, and many others.
ISOC-Bulgaria board consists of:
Veni Markovski- chairman and CEO
* Dimitar Ganchev - secretary
* Albena Arnaudova - member
ISOC-Bulgaria is an official chapter of the international
Internet Society, based in Reston, Virginia and Geneva, Switzerland. More information can be found at ISOC-Bulgaria's web site [http://www.isoc.bg isoc.bg] .
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