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"Труд", 07 февруари 1999 г.

В коя страна без Интернет не са диваци и варвари и защо лицензите в Интернет са опасни

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The Bulgarian Parliament accepted changes in the Tax Law, which will make the corporate tax rate only 10 % from January 1st, 2007, when Bulgaria joins the European Union. This makes Bulgaria with Cyprus have the lowest corporate tax rate in the EU.

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Veni Markovski was born 1968 in Skopie, Macedonia. He started working on the Internet in September 1990, by becoming one of the first system operators of a FidoNet Bulletin Board System in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Between 1990 and 1993 he was working as freelance journalist for Standard Daily, Computer for you, with publications in other Bulgarian newspapers and magazines.
By 1993 he co-founded the second in history Internet Service Provider in Bulgaria - BOL.BG. In 2008 the company was sold to an international investment fund.

In 1995 he co-founded the Bulgarian Internet Society.

He was the chairman of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Committee (2002-2012), and advised on International Projects the Chairman of the State Agency for IT and Communications to the Council of Ministers or Republic of Bulgaria (2005-2009).

Mr. Markovski has been member of the Bulgarian delegation to the U.N. World Summit on Information Society, and a member of the Advisory Group to the Internet Governance Forum. He was a member of the ICANN Board (2003-2006). He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (2002-2007), the Internet Society of New York (2007-2010), and on the Board of Directors of the Computers Professionals for Social Responsibility (2003-2005).

Veni Markovski was Project Manager of UNDP projects for support of e-government initiatives in South-eastern Europe. His efforts have been positively reviewed at The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and others. Veni Markovski has also served as project contact point for the Bulgarian ENUM trial (launched on April 13, 2006)

In his various positions, Veni Markovski has:

  • Been a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation to the European Commission.
  • Helped launch the Bulgarian version of the Creative Commons licenses (2006).
  • Served as the legal expert to the Bulgarian Parliamentary Committee on Transport and Telecommunications (2001-2005).
  • Participated in drafting and passage of two Telecommunications Acts (2001, 2003).
  • Participated in drafting and passage of the E-Document and E-Signature Act (2000).
  • Participated in drafting and passage of the Computer Crimes chapter in the Penal Code (2002).
  • Participated in drafting the Free and Open Source Software Usage in the State Administration Act.
  • Successfully sued the Bulgarian government at the Supreme Court to stop the licensing of Internet Service Providers because it would lead to censorship (1999).
  • Coordinated with the Bulgarian and other E.U. governments to define positions on the WSIS and other Internet-related policies.
  • Coordinated with the Bulgarian government to define better policies for using Free and Open Source Software in e-government.
  • Advised the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice in their Central and East European Law Initiative.

    Mr. Markovski is a graduate of the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ochridski” with Masters of Science degree in Law (1997), he has also passed training by the International Law Development Institute in Rome, the US Agency for International Development, and others.

    He has written hundreds of articles for Bulgarian and foreign newspapers and magazines since 1984. He is author of one book, "Caught in the Net" (Sofia University Press, 2018). His work is also published as chapters in couple of textbooks - for Bulgarian media students and for the Military Academy in Sofia. He is also a frequent presenter at different IT- and cybersecurity-related conferences, among them CFP (San Francisco, CA, USA), MMAWG (Washington, DC, USA), WSIS (Geneva, Switzerland and Tunis, Tunisia), Wizards of OS (Berlin, Germany), iWeek (Joburg, South Africa), FBI/Fordham (New York), RANS (Moscow, Russia), Nato Forum on Security (Istanbul, Turkey), Cybersecurity forums (Sofia, Bulgaria; Belgrade, Serbia; Moscow, Russia; New York, USA), and many others.

    Mr. Markovski is currently serving as Chairman of the Board and President of the Internet Society of Bulgaria.
    From 2012 until 2014 he served as the vice-president of ICANN for Russia, CIS, and Eastern Europe.

    Since March 2014 Mr. Markovski is ICANN's vice-president, responsible for the relations with the United Nations, the UN Agencies and UN Permanent Missions in New York.

    Mr. Markovski lives in New York city.

    His personal blog is at

    More information about Veni is to be found online at this site, at Wikipedia or just online at LinkedIn, flickr, twitter, or Facebook.

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