The Day of Internet Domains of Serbia (DIDS) is being held this year on March 12 at the Belgrade Youth Center. Special attention during the event will traditionally be given to the online use of the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet.

The conference organizer – the Serbian National Internet Domain Register Foundation (RNIDS) – has been helping the Serbian Internet community use the Cyrillic alphabet more easily in their daily work. To achieve that mission, one of the most important activities is educating and promoting the best examples from current practice, for which DIDS 2024 is the right place.

The central questions of the keynote lecture by Dušan Stojičević, deputy president of the RNIDS Board of Directors, Cyrillic on the Internet – Pros and Cons are: Does Cyrillic have a place on the Internet? and Does using the Cyrillic alphabet go smoothly?

Mr. Stojičević will also explain the following:

  • Why doesn’t anyone write us emails in Cyrillic?
  • How to use the .срб domain?
  • How does Facebook treat Cyrillic links?
  • Why do we get a very long link when we copy-paste a Cyrillic web address?
  • How much does it cost us to use the Cyrillic alphabet?

Cyrillic in branding will be the topic and name of the panel that will explore how the Cyrillic alphabet shapes our identity.

Is Cyrillic inseparable from our identity and does it contribute to our authenticity? How is the Cyrillic alphabet perceived in Serbia and how do other nations see it? How does it affect the image of Serbia? Is there a place for the Cyrillic alphabet in the modern digital age? What is the aesthetic value of the Cyrillic alphabet?

These questions will be answered by the panelists: Ph.D. Dušan Simić, Director of Strategic Planning at Communis agency, Slavimir Stojanović Futro, Creative Director of Futro Design studio, designer, writer, visual artist, and professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Slavoljub Stanković, author of film and television scripts, creator of thousands of advertising campaigns for domestic and foreign brands, creative director of the e-commerce company Ananas and Jana Oršolić, graphic designer and educator, professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, and the panel will be moderated by prof. Dr. Slavica Cicvarić Kostić, full professor at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences in Belgrade.

The DIDS 2024 conference will take place in the classic live event format, and the organizer will broadcast the conference via its YouTube channel.

Attendance at the conference is free. Due to the limited number of places, visitor registration through the DIDS 2024 website is mandatory.