Internet governance in SEE: April summary of developments is out

The eighth issue of our monthly summary of developments and activities related to Internet governance and digital policy in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area is out! It includes updates from late March and April 2017.

Main highlights:

  • Armenia: The Ministry of Education and Science and Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding through which the two parties commit to work together to improve the quality of Armenian education.
  • Croatia: The Ministry of Public Administration has introduced a new e-government service, as part of a wider project – A paperless country. From 1 May, state institutions will have access to a web application allowing direct exchange of information regarding citizens’ documents such as certificates of birth and marriage.
  • Moldova: Authorities dismantled an international SIM-box scam ring operating out of the Eastern European country’s capital. The illegal organisation redirected transnational Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) GSM traffic by tapping into the national telecom network.
  • Serbia: The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications launched a media campaign regarding child safety on the Internet and the promotion of digital literacy.
  • Slovenia: Telecommunications company Telekom Slovenije announced the deployment of the first voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) technology in the country, which enables customers to make voice calls using the company’s 4G LTE network.
  • Turkey: The commercial court in Istanbul issued a temporary injunction to prevent the accommodation booking platform from facilitating the booking of hotel rooms in Turkey, by Turkish customers.
  • This issue also includes coverage of several Internet-related events that took place in SEE and the neighbouring area over the past month.
  • A list of upcoming regional events is also part of the April issue.

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The monthly Internet governance summaries and briefings are part of the Internet governance developments in South Eastern Europe initiative, launched by SEEDIG, DiploFoundation, and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). The main goal of this initiative is to contribute to strengthening the dialogue and exchange of information on global and regional Internet governance (IG) and digital policy issues within the SEE community.

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