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April 8

10:00 – 11:30 Watch

Session 3. Regulation: Data sovereignty

Data sovereignty is the idea that data is subject to the laws and governance structures in the country in which it is collected. The concept of data sovereignty is closely linked to data security, cloud computing and technological sovereignty. It also includes data management at the macro-level: managing cross-border data flows in countries, that is, international data management. This new field comprises norms, principles and rules that regulate various types of data.

Moderator: Mikhail Yakushev, Higher School of Economics

11:40 – 12:20 Watch

Virtuti Interneti award presentation and the awardee's keynote address

In 2010, the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ established the special award, Virtuti Interneti (For Service to the Internet), the only one of its kind on Runet. The award is presented to representatives from the internet community, businesses, scientists and government officials who made a significant contribution to the development of Runet and the global internet. The winner is selected by the program committee from the Russian Internet Governance Forum (RIGF). The awards ceremony and the subsequent speech by the winner have been a forum tradition.

12:30 – 14:00 Watch

Session 4. Digital platforms: the rules of the game

Hosted by: Competence Center for Global IT Cooperation.

Digital platforms have become an integral part of our life. They provide numerous opportunities for public authorities, businesses and individual users, and are a powerful driver of economic growth. At the same time, the fast-growing role of transnational internet giants in economic and political processes poses a serious question about their responsibility toward the users and the state.

Equal competitive conditions must be created for domestic and foreign developers operating on the digital technologies and services market. Often, the companies operating in national jurisdictions are carrying an incomparably heftier tax and legal burden, whereas foreign corporations not only boast significant economic resources, but also get away with circumventing national legislation. This is the case in Russia, and this state of affairs negatively affects the domestic IT industry.

A situation where foreign companies evade taxes, fail to provide reporting and ignore court rulings is unacceptable for the state. Major players must be legalized in thenational legal field and have official offices in the host countries. This is a critically important step if we want to build an effective dialogue with them.

Talking points:

  • How to create an environment of trust on online platforms and maximize the use of their capacity in the interests of digital transformation of the economy and for the benefit of individual users?
  • What might mutually acceptable and fair national legislation for foreign digital platforms look like?
  • How to enforce fair taxation of multinational internet companies and ensure their compliance with the competition rules?
  • What common ground can be found in the approaches of Russia, foreign countries and integration associations to ensuring responsible market behavior of transnational internet companies?

Moderator: Vadim Vinogradov, HSE

14:10 – 15:40 Watch

Session 5. Building a system of trust in supply chains

Trust for IT products and services is gaining value amid the developing digital transformation. At the same time, it is not always possible to investigate the producer for compliance with basic security principles. The global community is looking for working cooperation mechanisms between states, IT communities, manufacturers and researchers to develop norms, standards and rules that can regulate this sector.

States should develop and implement measures to promote the role of the private sector and civil society in improving security when using ICT and the security of ICT, including the entire cycle from production to sale. It is necessary to develop open cooperation between all parties, including governments, international organizations, enterprises, IT communities and research institutes as the main stakeholders, and to use a wide range of instruments such as laws and rules, social responsibility, ethics, oversight and self-discipline, as well as norms and standards.

Topics for discussion:

  • The basic principles of securing supply chains
  • How can security for digital products be improved?
  • Detecting vulnerabilities and responsible management: how to promote/improve the attractiveness of the idea of the coordinated detection of vulnerabilities?
  • How can public policies help?
  • What are the limits of businesses’ responsibility when responding to digital threats?

Moderator: Nikolay Zubarev, Digital Economy