Archive: DIDS 2015
More than 300 visitors took part in this year’s Serbian Internet Domains Day (DIDS 2015), held at the Metropol hotel in Belgrade and organised by the Serbian National Internet Domain Registry Foundation (RNIDS). DIDS 2015 was the sixth annual conference on the development of the Internet globally and in the Serbian .rs and .срб domain spaces, held this year under the slogan “Which Internet Film are you in?”.
The all-day programme, divided as always into three blocks, saw IT professionals from all sectors of the economy, Internet providers and accredited registrars come together with other local Internet users to hear the experiences of some thirty conference speakers from home and abroad.
In the first block titled “Masters of the Internet” the topic of discussion was the forthcoming changes to the global governance of the Internet. Without proper and impartial translation of domains into IP addresses and their fair allocation to billions of connected devices, the Internet would become fragmented. As of September, oversight of these tasks is due to be transferred from the US government to “all of us”, that is to the global Internet community, and a multistakeholder model of Internet governance established.
“According to this model, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) would have full authority to administer the global network, whilst countries, corporations and other stakeholders, acting within various bodies, would be able to make proposals and take active part in shaping policy and practice relating to cyberspace, but not take autonomous decisions. The proposed model is rather complex and formalised, and could lead to a lack of inclusiveness for stakeholders,” said Vladimir Radunović, director of cyber-security and e-diplomacy at the DiploFoundation and moderator of the “Masters of the Internet” panel debate.
The second block, titled “Call ‘E’ for Commerce” was dedicated to e-commerce in all its aspects: legal and financial, promotional, logistical and software-related. Participants in the panel debate were local experts in the field who presented specific solutions from the practical experience of their own online projects. Block moderator was Miloš Petrović, web entrepreneur and blogger.
“The Serbian public does buy online, but e-commerce has still not fully taken root in the minds of retailers. Things are changing, though, and more and more companies are having sites built with e-commerce platforms in place. At the same time, there is no longer a distinction between foreign sites and local sites. The Internet is global, and that is how consumers already perceive it,” explained Petrović.
The third block, titled “A Promising Domain” was, as ever, reserved for important sites on the national .rs and .срб Internet domains, covering everyday topics which illustrate the potential for the creation of quality content as well as for global business. This block was moderated by Radomir Lale Marković, co-founder and manager of content marketing agency TAG Media.
RNIDS is the only organisation to have arisen from the Internet community in Serbia that has in recent years supported the development of the Internet in Serbia. In addition to managing the national top-level Internet domains, its supplementary objective is the development of the Internet in Serbia, and especially of local content. “DIDS is the most visible and probably most significant way in which RNIDS gathers together the community from which it arose and assists it in achieving its full potential. This year DIDS took on a regional significance with the organisation of the Regional Internet Forum on the second day of the event, which also served as a preparatory meeting for this year’s EuroDIG – the European Dialogue on Internet Governance – to be held in Sofia,” said Danko Jevtović, RNIDS CEO.
Additionally, the sixth annual conference on the development of the Internet globally and in the Serbian .rs and .срб domain spaces received the support of ICANN, the lead organisation for the administration of the Internet and its global structure.
More information on the DIDS 2015 conference, as well as links to video material and a photo gallery from the event, can be found at dids.rs.
Program DIDS 2015
Changes in the administration of the Internet due to the transition of IANA functions
Although we the users – and our needs and interests – doubtless have an effect on what new Internet services will be developed, it is becoming increasingly clear that our influence on important cyberspace policies and practices is limited, not least on those relating to privacy and data protection, intellectual property models, surveillance of electronic communications and content control.
How great is our influence, though, on the actual functioning of the Internet – on the management of the critical resources without which it would not be the massive, unified, global, open network it is today?
Every time we open a web page, start a phone app or send a message, the “net” checks the domain and IP address that we need to contact in order to establish communication. Without proper, impartial translation of domains into IP addresses, and without the fair allocation of IP addresses to the billions of devices connected worldwide – computers, mobile devices and, increasingly, “smart things” – the Internet would become fragmented.
Currently, these functions – known as the IANA functions – are administered by ICANN, a global, not-for-profit organisation in the US under the direct supervision of the US government. Not for long though – as of September this year, supervision of these vital functions is due to be passed on to someone else: not to another state, the United Nations or any similar entity, but into the hands of “all of us” – the users, engineers, corporations and states.
Is such a model necessary or would it be better for states to have global responsibility and oversight? Is such a model fair, and does it ensure equal opportunities for all users worldwide? Is it even feasible, or could it all fall apart? What would the model look like? What would all of our roles be and how would we play them? How realistic is it that a solution will be devised by September, and what happens if it is not? And what is our place in all this, here in Serbia?
- Jean-Jacques Sahel, Vice-President, Europe
- Leonid Todorov
Head of External Relations
Сoordination Сenter for RU/РФ
Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association
- Martin Boyle, Senior Policy Advisor
Video footage of the 1st block:
The legal and financial, promotional, logistical and software-related aspects of e-commerce
In this block we will look at e-commerce in all its major aspects, from the technical to the legal and logistical to the marketing aspects. Participants in the panel debate will be local experts in the area who will present specific solutions from the practical experience of their own online projects.
- Boris Ilić, general manager of Grand Investment and human resources and financial director of Grand Motors, co-owner Well Being academy
- Dragan Varagić, advisor for Internet business implementation
- Miloš Milić, co-founder and executive director of Farmia
- Dragan Timotijević, administrator of the online store of the Šumadija Eparchy of the Serbian Orthodox Church
- Goran Živković, project head of eLakolije.rs e-commerce system
Video footage of the 2nd block:
Successful sites and online projects on the national .RS and .СРБ Internet domains
The third block of DIDS is traditionally reserved for prominent websites on the national .RS and .СРБ domains. Representatives of home-grown websites and online projects will talk about their experiences and growth.
Websites and projects:
- Once Upon a Time – Snežana Subotić, Blog author
- Kreativni pokloni – Ahmet Bulbul, founder
- Košulje (Shirts) – Dragana Milanović, product manager
- Blender Online – Sanja Savić Moravić, Editor
- Kultura poslovanja (Business Culture) – Una Zabunov, Blog author
- Bori se sa Borisom da ponovo prohoda (Fight with Boris to walk again) – Boris Stoiljković, Project coordinator
- Album sećanja na naše pretke iz Prvog svetskog rata (Album of memories of our ancestors from the First World War) – Aleksandar Vasilić, Project coordinator
- OK matematika (OK Mathematics) – professor Velimir Dedić
- Education (Education) – Ljubiša Pavlović, Founder and author
- Papilotna (Curler) – Jovana Milićević, Site co-founder
- Lepotica (Beauty) – Jelena Preradović, Internet marketing and community manager
Video footage of the 3rd block
Participants DIDS 2015