Earlier this year, in April, ISOC’s European Bureau joined ISOC Serbia in supporting a youth seminar focusing on cybersecurity and digital rights, which was hosted by the Cooperation and Development Network of Eastern Europe (CDN) in Sarajevo. CDN is a capacity building network of youth organizations committed to the development and implementation of Green ideas in Eastern Europe, and their secretariat is based here in Belgrade. When I heard they were looking for prep team members, I jumped at the opportunity, and ended up co-organizing the entire seminar. We were lucky to have Arandjel Bojanovic and Petar Simovic join us in Sarajevo for the city’s first CryptoParty to offer email encryption workshops. ISOC Europe, on the other hand, offered vital financial support, while Frédéric Donck, the ISOC Europe Bureau director, delivered a well-received lecture introducing them to ISOC and provided an overview of the current issues and trends regarding the Internet. All-in-all, around 40 youth from all over Europe but especially Eastern and Southeastern Europe, participated in the seminar, and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Often the question is raised, though, regarding how we can extend the work of a conference or seminar beyond the time spent together. In the case of the CDN seminar, I am proud to present to you one of the many outcomes we produced: a publication filled with articles, sci-fi stories, infographics, and other media (such as a stop-motion animation) addressing cybersecurity, digital rights, and privacy, all written by youth. Moreover, we published an online toolkit about the topic for additional resources.
Please feel free to share this with anyone you think would be interested. I thank ISOC Serbia, especially Arandjel, Petar, and Desiree Milosevic, for all of the support you showed and the time spent with us – a group of people normally off of ISOC’s radar. Moreover, many participants are looking to bring the concepts and lessons from the seminar back to their own communities, by hosting CryptoParties and workshops, outreaching with their networks, writing, and more.
ION Belgrade - ISOC Serbia Belgrade Chapter Presentation
ISOC ION &
November 23, 2017
Desiree Zeljka Miloshevic
● Internet Society, 2018 Action Plan
● ISOC Chapter Serbia, Belgrade
● Lead Team
● Past activities
● Current activities
● How can you participate?
The Internet Society promotes and supports the development of the Internet as a global
technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people's lives, and a force for good in society.
Our goals are for the Internet to be open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy. We
seek collaboration with all who share these goals.
Together, we focus on:
● Building and supporting the communities that make the Internet work
● Advancing the development and application of Internet infrastructure, technologies, and
● Advocating for policy that is consistent with our view of the Internet
Serbia, Belgrade Chapter
● World wide number of chapters: 129
● West Balkans 3 Chapters:
Slovenia, Serbia, & Montenegro
● Chapters enable members to
network and organize locally,
focusing on communities and issues
most important in their areas.
Volunteer Organisation, Chartered by 25
members in 2006
Registered non-for-profit association in
2006 - Internet Drustvo Srbije
Assembly, Board & Advisory Board
Volunteer Organisation, Chartered by 25 members in 2006
Membership: 128 members
● Founded in 2006, the Internet Society of Serbia (ISOC Serbia) is a non-for-profit
association of citizens that supports the open development of Internet standards, Free
and Open Source software.
● It is led by a group of expert volunteers, who have been working in the field of applying
the Internet and other communication technologies to all sectors of the society,
including science, education, art and everyday life.
128 chapter members
Des Željka Miloshević
Founding Executive Director
(ex Chapter President)
Past Projects & Events
Project: “Casting a Wider Net / Šira
Mreža” - Open Citizen Engagement
Received ISOC Grant
A platform for discussion and citizen's
engagement with MPs around some of
the key Internet topics
Used Open Parliament API
Internet Access in Serbia: Issues,
Looked at the digital gap in the region as well as
the issue of privatization of Telekom Srbija
Speakers: ISOC EU, Frederic Donck
Internet freedoms and trade agreements
(TPP, TTIP, CETA, TISA)
Speakers: Renata Avila & Walter van Holst
Theme: Security and Internet Access Security
September | Internet Society 25th Anniversary - Belgrade Celebrations
Net Neutrality Panel discussion
Special guest: Thomas Lohninger
Executive Director of Austrian privacy NGO
Working Group on Data Retention and digital
rights advocate in Europe known for the
successful SaveTheInternet.eu campaign