The National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics – ICI Bucharest celebrated on November 13, 2012, 20 years since establishing the first Internet access connection in Romania, linking ICI Bucharest and the University of Vienna. The event was held under the aegis of Ministry of Communications and Information Society – MCSI, opening messages being addressed by Mr Bebe-Viorel IONICĂ – Secretary of MCSI and Mr Silviu SZENTESI – vice-president of the National Agency for Scientific Research – ANCS. The event was also attended by Mr Teodor NEGRUŢ – Secretary of MCSI.
ICI Bucharest General Director, Prof. Doina BANCIU PhD and Eugenie STĂICUŢ PhD, Head of .ro Administration Department held short presentations on the beginnings of the Internet and of .ro domains in Romania. On this occasion, it was launched the volume INTERNET and .ro Domains edited by a team of ICI Bucharest researchers under the coordination of Prof. Doina BANCIU PhD, and published by AGIR Publishing House.
The event enjoyed the participation of Mr Nigel HICKSON, vice-president of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – ICANN for Europe, and Mr. Paul-Andre BARAN, Digital Champion for Romania.Also, Mr Peter RASTL – former Director of Vienna University Computer Centre – ACONET in 1992, talked about the first Internet connection between ICI Bucharest and the University of Vienna.
IINTERNET and .ro Domains represented an important event for the IT&C community in Romania. It should be mentioned the attendance of representatives from civil and professional associations – Gheorghe ŞERBAN, Executive Director of Romanian ISP National Association, Eduard TRIC, President of Romanian ISOC, Bogdan MANOLEA, Executive Director of Romanian Association for Technology and Internet (ApTI), and also representatives of the business environment (Siveco, Oracle Romania, HP Romania, Omnilogic, etc.). The event also enjoyed the attendance of a numerous audience, prominent members of academia and research community, such as Prof. Nicolae ŢĂPUŞ – pro-rector of “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, former rectors of higher education institutions: Prof. Ioan DUMITRACHE (“Politehnica” University of Bucharest), Prof. Ioan PÂNZARU (University of Bucharest), and representatives of other national universities and university libraries. The Rectorate of University of Piteşti, the first university in Romania connected to ICI over the Internet, had an anniversary message on this occasion. Also, the Municipality of Piteşti, sent a message and awarded ICI Bucharest the Diploma of Excellence.