|» Safer Internet Conference in Bulgaria,
A conference on “Safer Use of Internet by Children” was organized by ARC Fund on June 28, 2006 in Sofia, with the support of the Council of Europe’s Information Centre and under the auspices of the Public Council on Safer Internet. The conference is part of ARC Fund’s efforts to fight the distribution of harmful and illegal online content on Bulgarian websites, which is the main objective of a EU supported project under the Safer Internet Program launched in August 2005.
» Release of Innovation.bg Report,
ARC Fund's Innovation.bg Report tracks the innovative performance and potential of the Bulgarian economy on an annual basis. This year's report findings highlight the low innovative performance of the economy in terms of new product development and patent grants, which it attributes partly to the low-tech character of the Bulgarian manufacturing sector and partly to the underdeveloped innovation system in the country and the inadequate, highly departmentalized government policy in this respect.
» e-Municipality Report Out of Print,
The e-Municipality Report 2005 has been released this week, as a jointly sponsored product of ARC Fund and the government’s Coordination Center on Information, Communication and Management Technologies (CCIT). The report is the second edition after a pilot study conducted in 2004 which assessed the online presence of Bulgarian municipalities and the extent to which they provide certain e-government services. The baseline study was sponsored by UNDP-Bulgaria.
» Second National Innovation Forum Takes Place in Sofia October 25, 2005 ,
ARC Fund organized the Second National Innovation Forum at the Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan on October 25th, 2005. The event was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and the World Bank Sofia Mission, with the support of DG Enterprise of the European Commission, the Austrian Embassy in Sofia, the EPIQ Electronic Assembly company and the Center for the Study of Democracy. The Forum was held under the patronage of the President of the Republic, Mr. Georgi Parvanov.
» ARC Fund to implement a Safer Internet Hotline,
As of August 1st, 2005 ARC Fund has officially started a project to establish a national hotline under the EU Safer Internet Program. The Internet hotline – abbreviated as SAFE-NET BG – will become member of the European network of hotlines supported by the European Commission. Hotlines allow members of the public to report illegal content on the Internet. The hotlines then deal with the reports by passing them on to the appropriate body.
» e-Bulgaria 2005 Report Release,
ARC Fund has released its latest e-Bulgaria 2005 Report which analyzes the progress in ICT infrastructure deployment in the country, as well as the penetration and use of Internet and ICT-related services in Bulgarian households, enterprises, schools, universities and government institutions over this year. The report presents a wealth of empirical and qualitative data, synthetic indicators, trend analysis and projections, policy options and recommendations for the future development of information society in the country.
» Regional Innovation Policy Initiative for the South-West Planning Region of Bulgaria,
ARC Fund has recently laucnhed a new initiative titled Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) for the South West Region of Bulgaria: Bridging the Innovation Disparities Between the Capital Sofia and the Rest of the Region, which is supported by the European Commission’s 6th Framework Program. Its objective is to enhance the economic growth potential of the South-West planning region of Bulgaria.
» E-Democracy 2017: An Essay Writing Contest Launched by Bulgaria Development Gateway,
The Bulgaria Development Gateway has awarded the winning prizes in its second online essay writing contest dedicated to the topic of “E-Democracy
2017: Challenges to Political Parties and Civil Society”. The contest was organized jointly with the Coordination Center on ICT and the Information Centre of the Council of Europe in Sofia, and took place under the auspices of the Minister of Public Administration, Mr. Dimitar Kalchev.
» International Training Seminar on the IST Priority of the 6th Framework Programme,
On April 5-6 2005 in Sofia the Information Society and Media Directorate General of the European Commission (EC) and the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport and Communications jointly organized a training seminar on “The Project Cycle: Technological, Administrative, Financial and Juridical Aspects of the FP6/IST Projects Preparation and Completion”. ARC Fund was one of the co-organizers of this event.
» The 4th World Bank Knowledge Economy Forum Looked at the "Business Environment and Knowledge for Private Sector Growth" ,
The fourth annual Knowledge Economy Forum was organized by the World Bank and the Government of Turkey in Istanbul from March 22-24, 2005. The theme of this year’s forum was "Business Environment and Knowledge for Private Sector Growth". The Forum continued a succession of events held in Paris (in 2002), Helsinki (in 2003) and Budapest (in 2004). Bulgaria was represented at the Istanbul Forum by a delegation of government officials and representatives of the private and NGO sectors.
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