Novica Nakov

tl;dr Working with people and software. Interested in exploring the meeting points of technology, society, and politics. It seems I talk a lot. I can write. Continuously learning new things. MRes Human rights and International Politics (Chevening Award). MA in International Relations. BSc in Economics.


Non-Paid Work Experience

November 2002 - present Involved with the Macedonian Free Software community and NGO. Organized workshops, lectures, various events. Helped found KIKA - the hacklab in Skopje. Wrote plenty of things (more details below).

October 2011 - May 2013

Co-hosted a radio show for digital liberties on Kanal 103.

April 2010 – April 2011

Drafter of the National policy for Free Software. Project was led by Free Software Macedonia in cooperation with Metamorphosis foundation and Ministry for information society.

April 2010 – October 2010

Organized TEDx event in Skopje together with a group of TED enthusiasts.

August 2007 – April 2009

Worked on production of a documentary movie on copyright and piracy issues in Republic of Macedonia.

April 2006 - September 2007

Representative of Free Software Macedonia to the Project Advisory Board for UNDP FYR Macedonia Project “Support to e-Governance initiatives based on Free/Open Source Software at the local level in FYR Macedonia”. Co-authored the the work plan recommendations [PDF file] for the project.

September 2005 – January 2009

President of Free Software Macedonia, a non-profit organization dedicated to Free software as in freedom in Republic of Macedonia.

January 2005 – May 2005

Representative of Free Software Macedonia to e-Citizens work group that was part of the task force responsible for drafting the Macedonian National Strategy for Information Society.


September 2015 – September 2016

MRes Human Rights and International Politics, University of Glasgow. (Chevening Award)

December 2012

Received Certificate for Authorized Accountant by the Ministry of Finance of Republic of Macedonia.

November 2010 – November 2012

MA in International relations, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

MA Thesis in Peacebuilding: "The Impact of Social Policy on Sustainable Peacebuilding"

July 2011

Attended Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies at Center for Comparative Conflict Studies, Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade, Serbia.

The topic of the course was transition in Serbia.

July 2008

Passed the brokerage exam administered by The Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of Macedonia.

October 2007 & June 2015

Passed IELTS Academic Test. Overall band score 8.0 and 7.5 respectively.

September 2006 – January 2007

Attended one semester at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

February 2006 – March 2006

Attended a course on entrepreneurship with lectures on Strategic Business Development, Marketing, Negotiations, Accounting, Development of New Products, Start-ups.

October 1999 – October 2005

BSc in Economics, Faculty of Economics, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

Graduation paper in Economic Planning: "The Macedonian Software Industry: Government's Role and Possibilities for Development"

Published Articles and Other Writings

2012: The Impact Of Social Policy On Sustainable Peacebuilding: The Case Of Kosovo published in Security Dialogues.

2009: Research paper "My Blog is my CV" was published in "Kulturen zivot" No. 1-2/2009 (in Macedonian).

2009: An essay about the economics of information goods and copyright monopolies (in Macedonian).

2007: An essay about the importance of availability of (free) software in the mother tongue (in Macedonian).

2004: A detailed chronological list of events and commentary from the free software activism perspective on the agreement that the Macedonian Government signed with Microsoft inc. in 2003 (in Macedonian).

Presentations and Lectures

18 December 2014 Talk and workshop about Internet privacy and free speech at the student event "Stanica studentska" (with Andrej Trajchevski).

26 October 2014 A talk at the E-engagement event in Kumanovo: "Everything you wanted to know about activism, but you were afraid to ask"

10 May 2014 Presentation about the mission and values of Mozilla, and a short introduction to the WoMoz program, at the "Firefox OS event" in Skopje

5 December 2013 Workshop / presentation about internet regulation at the student event "Stanica studentska" (with Damjan Georgievski and Ana Risteska).

3 December 2013

Speech about digital freedom and the writer on the Day of the Imprisoned Writer at the Faculty for Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

25 April 2013

Lecture "Social media and Journalism" for the students of the School for Journalism at the Macedonian Institute for Media.

15 April 2013

Speech on the need for public libraries in the digital age at the Youth Educational Forum national debate finale.

20 November 2012

Lecture "Why hackers hack" for the students of Faculty of Information Science and Computer Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

13 November 2012

Lecture "Free software and its social implications" (with Damjan Georgievski) for the students of Faculty of Information Science and Computer Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

25 February 2012

Speech about online and offline activism at the social media and activism conference "Engage"

15 January 2011

Speech about the hacker community and its contributions on mk.Wikipedia's event 10 years anniversary.

December 2006, 2009 & 2010

Held three presentations at he E-Society conference: In 2006 on Free software, in 2009 on the driving force of the hacker community for innovations, and in 2010 on the proposed Macedonian National policy for free software.

24 & 25 November 2010

Held two lectures (with Damjan Georgievski) on Free Software and ethics at the Institute for information technology, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

24 April 2010

Held a lecture on Hacker's ethics at the postgraduate studies for new media, New York University in Skopje.

November 2003 – March 2009

Held ten lectures (with Damjan Georgievski) about Free Software and its social implications for journalism and political science students at the Faculty of Law, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

9 May 2008

Gave a talk at the Glocal 2.0 conference about blogs, new media and the Internet organized by the New York University – Skopje. The talk, titled “My blog is my CV... or not”, was a presentation of the results of small research (with Marija Kostovska) on whether Macedonian labor force recruiters know enough about the emerging social software and do they consider it to be a valuable resource in evaluating people's skills, knowledge, believes and attitudes.

15 May 2007

Gave a talk about Free Software, networks, community and sharing at the UNDP FYR Macedonia Free Software conference in Skopje, Macedonia.

27 December 2005 & 21 December 2006

Held lectures (with Damjan Georgievski and Igor Stamatovski) about Free Software and market competition for E-business students at the Faculty of Economics, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia.

10 December 2005

Gave a talk about Free Software and Open Standards at the Local Governance Fair in Skopje, Macedonia.

September 2004

Held training for GNU/Linux operating system and applications for employees from the Macedonian State Health Fund.

Technical Skills


Other Info

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