Law and Internet Foundation (LIF), Bulgaria
Law and Internet Foundation (LIF) is a Bulgarian non-for-profit organization with the ideal goal to contribute to the fast penetration of the information and communication technologies (ICT) in the legal profession, the development of the ICT law and the realization of interactive projects and solutions. Among LIF team’s research areas are legal issues and practical aspects in the field of electronic documents and electronic signatures, e-identity, e-government, e-commerce, e-communications, e-health, e-justice (incl. cybercrimes and electronic evidence issues), privacy and data protection, IPR protection online, etc. The organisation has implemented more than 90 consultancy projects and ICT Law initiatives incl. trainings and legislation development.
LIF is a Research Centre, officially recognised in the Register of Scientific Activity at the Ministry of Education and Science. It initiates and supports activities for implementation of scientific and applied researches, studies, programmes and projects in the field of new technologies and technological development; social entrepreneurship; transfer of knowledge, expertise and mentorship for students and young researchers.
LIF experts have participated in the legislation process of the current ICT regulations and in implementation of the European legislation in Bulgaria – the Electronic Commerce Act, the Electronic Governance Act, the Electronic Document and Electronic Signature Act, the Electronic Communications Act, the Commercial Register Act, the cybercrimes section of the Criminal Code and many other acts of primary and secondary legislation and instructions in the field of ICT. They have been frequently invited to support the elaboration of key policies and strategies of national importance such as: the e-Government Strategy, the Strategy for e-Healthcare in Bulgaria, the Strategy for e-Justice Development, the Policies and Standards for provision of administrative services, the Strategy for Bulgaria's Competitiveness on the International ICT Markets, etc. LIF experts are also authors of more than 500 books, articles, analyses and research studies in ICT Law in Bulgaria and abroad; and are editors of prestigious international publications in this area.
LIF experts are members of European Electronic Messaging Association (EEMA), International Technology Law Association (ITECHLAW), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), etc.
The Foundation’s team members bring together their knowledge, skills and creativity to accomplish one common idea – to be most useful to society through their projects, analyses and organised events. The experience gained over the years shows that the most important precondition for success is the permanent strive to achieve and maintain the highest possible professional standards and providing innovative and sustainable solutions. Currently LIF has an experienced administrative team and counts on the competence and expertise of more than leading specialists – academics in prestigious universities, legal professionals, experts in mentoring & coaching, Project management, business communications, strategic management and innovations. In addition, the organisation has a rich database of Bulgarian and international high-level consultants who can be relied on for the realisation of its projects.
LIF is currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 27001:2005.
Prof. Dr. George Dimitrov