"A sovereign internet is in fact not a political concept but a purely technical one. We could speak in length about the sovereignty in the Net, but the experience of various nation states gives evidence: most successful of them conduct proactive national policies and are building a system that would enable them to consider national interest of a particular nation state with regard to the internet. A good example is China which never – and WCIT-2012 it not an exception – loudly announces and promotes its position in the world arena or pushes on the coalition approach, but still demonstrates a breathtaking progress in national IT sector", - Andrey V. Kolesnikov, Director of the Coordination Center for Top-Level Domain .RU.

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Name: Doroshevich, Mikhail
City: Minsk
Affiliation: Founder, Indeperndent Research Initiative; Consultant, ICT for Development – United Nations Development Programme (2004-2005)
Biography :

Mr. Doroshevich has been engaged in conducting research and independent expert initiatives in the field of internet technologies since 1995. In 1997 he founded and led the first Belorussian project in this area. From 1996 to 2004 he took part in establishment and launch of over a dozen of media internet projects in CIS states.

Since 2001 he has been heading the independent project e-Belarus.ORG. In 2008 in partnership with Gemius Mr. Doroshevich started to conduct regular monthly research of Belorussian internet audience. His expert and research interests cover such subjects as e-governance, information policies, new media and the knowledge economy.

In 2004-2005 he was a Consultant on the issues of ICT for Development within the framework of the United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Belarus.