Montenegro coastline - photo taken from the sea

Montenegro is a “young” country and this year will see it celebrating 10 years of its independence. It’ll also mark the 8 year anniversary of the launch of the .me domain name, the domain extension for Montenegro. Montenegro isn’t the biggest country in Europe, but it’s definitely one of the prettiest!

This Friday I’ll be speaking at an event in Podgorica, Montenegro which is being held as part of the 10 year celebration of Montenegrin independence.

The overall event is called: .ME domain as a digital identity of Montenegro and I’ll be on a panel looking at “internet governance”. The session is aptly titled “Who governs the Internet?” and will be moderated by Natasa Djukanovic (.me domain registry). The other panelists are an interesting mix:

Vladimir Radunovic, Director of e-diplomacy and cybersecurity educational and training programmes of DiploFoundation
James Bladel, Vice President of Policy at Godaddy, Chair of GNSO and President of the Board of Directors at DoMEn d.o.o.
Andrea Beccalli, Senior Manager – Stakeholder Engagement Europe – ICANN

We’ll hopefully be able to keep the audience engaged while we discuss some of the matters of interest such as “net neutrality”, online censorship and how the internet is run..

Apart from anything else it’s a wonderful opportunity to go back to Montenegro and a great honour to be involved in this event. Hopefully the weather will be drier there than it is here at the moment!



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