MSc in Law.
Online since September 1990 (FidoNet);
Founded my first company, an Internet Service Provider in 1993, run it in the black for 15 years, and sold it successfully in 2008.
Founding member, President and Chairman of the Board of the Internet Society of Bulgaria (est. 1995).
Currently Vice-President of ICANN, responsible for Russia/CIS, Eastern Europe.
Participant in a number of conferences, forums, workshops (non-profit, business, governmental) as speaker, among them Esther Dyson's PC Forum, Wizards of OS (Berlin), iWeek in Johannesburg, Russian Internet Forum, and most recently, the FBI Cybersecurity Forum (January 2009 in New York City).
Was on the Boards of Directors of the Internet Society, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, ICANN, and others.
Frequent bilingual blogger at http://blog.veni.com
cyber security, Internet, politics, Russia/CIS, the Balkans, photography
0) Internet speeds in the US are too slow. We need 1000 Mbps (1 Gbps) at home, at $ 15 / month. If we managed to send man to the Moon, we should be able to do that, too, right?
1) Today, more than ever, we need more cooperation between hi-tech countries and the rest of the world - to fight successfully poverty, hunger, diseases, terrorism, lack of education. The role of the United States and the European Union is crucial in these efforts, but it seems societies there do not always understand the benefit of small investment today that saves huge losses tomorrow.
2) The US is losing more than $ 100 Billion to cyber-crime, and it doesn't do enough to lower the damages. I believe I know what needs to be done, and want to spread the idea, because every and each of us suffers from such crimes.
3) create, imagine, share - Creative Commons is all about these, and I stand for them, too.
4) "Balkanization" is not bad - in music it means rhythm 7/8, which is really great
politics in the USA, Europe, Russia; helping developing countries; bridging the digital divide, cyber-security
... solving only tough problems - the more challenging the task is, the more I put into it.
... understanding an issue with little words.
I met the most amazing people at TED 2009. No kidding. They were amazing.
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