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Meeting with the Acting HTI Minister Hayk Chobanyan

01 Jun 2021

On 27 May, 2021 the "Internet Society" NGO representatives had a meeting with the Acting Minister of High-tech Industry of Armenia Hayk Chobanyan.

The discussion was about various projects and programs aimed at developing the Internet, Media and Cyber Security areas in the country. Besides, they talked about the  numerous programs implemented by the "Internet Society" NGO, including ".հայ" IDN development programs.  "Internet Society" NGO was represented by Director Andranik Aleksanyan, Board Chair Igor Mkrtumyan, Vice-Chairs Grigori Saghyan and Lianna Galstyan, as well as Board Members Kristina Hakobyan and Siranush Vardanyan.

Board Vice Chairs Albert Toneyan and Vahan Hovsepyan were present as Advisors to the Acting HTI Minister.

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".հայ" IDN Development Working Group Meeting

18 May 2021

On 21 April, 2021, ".հայ" IDN Development Working Group had an online meeting. Taking into account that May 5 is the 5th anniversary of the ".հայ" IDN Domain zone, the working group formed a program of events in the following directions:

- In cooperation with the Tumo Creative Center, organize a competition with the participation of the students for the best short film promoting “.հայ” domain names. (Responsible person: Anna Karakhanyan)

- In collaboration with Wikimedia Armenia, organize a contest where participants would create/edit articles about the historical and cultural heritage of Armenia. (Responsible: Lianna Galstyan)

- To run a competition for the ".հայ" websites in different categories, based on the decision of a jury, the best specialists in the field. (Responsible: Kristina Hakobyan)

All events were planned to launch on May 5, by presenting the purpose of them and the conditions during the press conference, the latter to be organized with the High-tech Ministry (Responsible: VahanHovsepyan)

It was proposed to summarize the results of all competitions and award prizes during the Armenian IGF (presumably in October).

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Debate on Settlement of Hate Speech on Internet

18 May 2021

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 the 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.

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“Internet Society” NGO Board Meeting

18 May 2021

On March 18, 2021, an inaugural Board meeting was held with the participation of the newly elected Board members of the “Internet Society” NGO, where Igor Mkrtumyan was elected Chairman of the Board, and the elected Vice-Chairs are (in alphabetical order) Albert Toneyan, Grigori Saghyan, Lianna Galstyan and Vahan Hovsepyan.

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Debate on Settlement of Hate Speech on Internet

18 May 2021

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.

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".հայ" IDN Development Working Group Meeting

18 May 2021

On March 10, 2021, ".հայ" IDN Development Working Group had an online meeting, attended by 11 members.

The Chair of the group, "Internet Society" NGO Vice Chair Lianna Galstyan presented the rules of procedures of the work, the directions of work as well the activities done in recent years. Afterwards, an exchange of ideas took place, as a result of which several directions were formed:

- To research the best practices,

- To seek government support,

- Cooperation (working with the Diaspora, Programmers, Web developers, Hosting service providers, Language committee, etc.),

- Publicity (advertising-marketing campaigns, dissemination of information, awards to the best websites)

- Support for the development of Armenian-language content (joint initiatives with Wikimedia Armenia)

- Work in the technical field (creation of Apps, keyboard, problem solving of Armenian dot (.), regulation of EAI, etc.)

It was decided that the Working Group would advance its work according to the set directions.

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“Internet Society” NGO General Assembly

18 May 2021

On March 10-12, 2021 “Internet Society” NGO General Assembly was held to elect new members of the Board and of the Audit Committee. The elected members of the Board are (in alphabetical order): 

Albert Toneyan, Andranik Aleksanyan, Andranik Minasyan, Anna Karakhanyan, Aram Verdyan, Arman Khachatryan, Arman Nersisyan, Arnak Melikyan, Grigori Saghyan, Igor Mkrtumyan, Katarine Gevorgyan, Kristina Hakobyan, Kristine Gyonjyan, Lianna Galstyan, Siranush Vardanyan, Vahan Hovsepyan, Vesmira Harutyunyan.

The elected members of the Audit Committee are (in alphabetical order): Ani Sahakyan, Aram Sargsyan and Arthur Varderesyan.

The minutes of the General Assembly is available here in Armenian.

Congratulations to all the elected members, we wish you fruitful work in the Board and the Audit Committee.

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Executive Director’s term of office

14 May 2021

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.

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New edition of Bylaws

14 May 2021

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.

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