5th anniversary of "․հայ"
On 5 May 2021, "Internet Society" NGO celebrates the 5th anniversary of "․հայ" IDN ccTLD. A press conference was convened on that occasion to present the programs implemented during these years and the 5 events planned for the current year.
"Internet Society" NGO congratulates on the 5th anniversary of "․հայ" and thanks everyone who has contributed to its promotion.
5 events of the 5th anniversary:
A "Round Table" discussion with the participation of all stakeholders. The aim of this event is to identify and analyze the challenges of the domain, as well as to develop a roadmap for its advancement.
1. A competition campaign for the development of Armenian topics is organized jointly with "Wikimedia Armenia" Scientific-Educational Non-Governmental Organization, the aim of which is to develop and modernize topics related to the Armenian history, culture and science in the Armenian Wikipedia. Thanks to the participants of this campaign, it will be possible to present our history and culture in all its diversity, to inherit it to future generations in a true way.
2. It is planned to hold a competition for the best "․հայ" websites in 3 nominations: "Best Design", "Best Armenian Content", "Best User-friendly Website and Application". A special committee will be invited to evaluate the nominations.
3. Another Competition is envisaged for the Registrars for the largest number of registered domain names in “․հայ”.
4. Competition with the participation of the students of "Innovation Ethnic Regional Center" for the best video about "․հայ".
Debate on Settlement of Hate Speech on Internet
On March 30, 2021 the "Internet Society" NGO Board Members Anna Karakhanyan, Grigori Saghyan, Kristina Hakobyan, Kristine Gyonjyan and Lianna Galstyan participated in a discussion of research on “Regulation of Hate Speech on the Internet” organized by the initiative of the Working Group on Development of Legislative Basis for the Prevention of Hate Speech under the Standing Committee on Human Rights Protection and the Public Affairs of the National Assembly.
During the meeting, representatives of various organizations expressed their views on the research proposals, noting that according to the current legislation, telecom operators and ccTLD manager do not regulate content on the Internet.
At the end of the meeting, the UNDP experts were asked to prepare new model proposals and present them to the next meeting, taking into account the clarifications provided during the discussion by the experts of the field.
Debate on Settlement of Hate Speech on Internet
On March 11, 2021 the "Internet Society" NGO Board Members Grigori Saghyan, Kristina Hakobyan, Lianna Galstyan and Vahan Hovsepyan participated in a discussion of research on “Regulation of Hate Speech on the Internet” organized by the Working Group on Development of Legislative Basis for the Prevention of Hate Speech under the Standing Committee on Human Rights Protection and the Public Affairs of the National Assembly.
A report on the research conducted by the UNDP experts was presented at the meeting, where amongst other recommendations, some principles and recommendations on regulation of the Hate speech in .am/.հայ domain name zones were reflected. At the end of the meeting, the Commission undertook to provide the participants with the research for them to get acquainted with it and make proposals.
Executive Director’s term of office
By the decision made on June 16, 2020 by the "Internet Society" NGO Board, the term of office of the executive director of the "Internet Society" NGO Andranik Aleksanyan was extended for one year.
New edition of Bylaws
On 1 July 2020 the General Assembly of the “Internet Society” NGO took place, where the new edition of the bylaws was adopted. Among the main changes adopted were that legal entities can now become members of the organization. Also, the position of the President of the organization was dissolved.
On 25 December 2020, the Board of the “Internet Society” NGO held a meeting, where it approved the budget of the “Internet Society” NGO for 2021, as well as the staff list.
APRICOT2020, DotAsia AGM, APTLD77
On 12-21 February 2020, Internet Society NGO External Relations Manager Lianna Galstyan participated to APRICOT2020, DotAsia Board of Directors and Annual Meeting, as well as APTLD77 meetings taking place in Melbourne, Australia. Members of the organization Armen Muradyan and Tsovinar Grigoryan were also present at the APTLD77 meeting. On these meetings Ms. Galstyan made a presentation on .am/.հայ domain names market overview, marketing strategy and the work done.
Belarus Internet Governance Forum
Internet Society NGO Board Members Arman Nesisyan, Anna Karakhanyan & Armen Muradyan participated to IGF.BY - Belarus Internet Governance Forum on November 13 in Minsk, Belarus. NGO member Vahan Hovsepyan was also present at the forum, representing RIPE NCC.The forum discussed the following topics:
Internet balkanization;Cyber transformation: from business processes to e-government;Internet as a media. What to read and whom to trust;Internet as an inclusive environment;Futurological panel discussion.You can find more details here: https://igf.by/en/
On 10-12 October 2019 Internet Society NGO along with other local and international partners organized the N2 Forum (Numbers and Names), which included the following events:
10 OctoberThe 5th Armenian Internet Governance Forum, organized and hosted by the Internet Governance Council in partnership with the Ministry of High-Tech Industry of Armenia, the Internet Society NGO and Internet Society Armenia Chapter. Armenian Network Operators Group Forum organized and hosted by the Union of Operators of Armenia in partnership with the Ministry of High-Tech Industry of Armenia. Internet Society Internet of Things Special Interest Group Workshop, organized by Internet Society IoT SIG.
11 OctoberRIPE NCC Banking workshop organized by RIPE NCC and hosted by the Central Bank of Armenia. Youth IGF Armenia, organized by a team of young enthusiasts, formed on a multi-stakeholder principle and co-organized by the Internet Society Armenia Chapter.
11-12 OctoberThe fourth Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF), organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and hosted by the Internet Society NGO, .am ccTLD Registry.
The Forum with the slogan "Working together for the digital future" was held with the support of the Ministry of High-Tech Industry of Armenia. At the Grand Opening Ceremony, the keynote speeches were delivered by the Minister Hakob Arshakyan, ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby, RIPE NCC Managing Director Axel Pawlik, UN IGF MAG member and Armenia IGF Coordinator Lianna Galstyan and Director of the Union of Operators of Armenia Kristine Gyonjyan.
Then followed the Plenary session “Digital Future: Challenges and Opportunities” with participation of Armen Abroyan, Deputy Minister of HTI Ministry, Frédéric Donck, Internet Society European Bureau Director, Göran Marby, Axel Pawlik and with moderation of Sorina Teleanu, SEEDIG Executive Committee Chair.
The Forum aimed to create a base for the leading industry experts, network operators, service providers and other representatives of the Internet and ICT community to discuss common interests and ideas, to learn about the new trends of the industry, to share experience and to find opportunities for cooperation.