Is Big Data a National Asset or a Commodity?

Panel Session
Congress Centre, Conference Hall D2

Not only has the term ‘big data’ become a part of today’s business vocabulary, it is a new reality for companies. The widespread use of new gadgets and Internet services, together with the development of cloud technologies and the Internet of Things, has facilitated the collection of huge data sets, including user data and detailed information about Internet users. The analysis and application of this data has become a new source of growth for many businesses, and even entire sectors. For companies which gather data, trading raw and processed data has become essential, sometimes representing a major part of their income. People have begun to call big data ‘the new oil’. What kind of role does big data play in the incipient digital economy? Is this ‘oil’ simply a new commodity? Or, to continue the analogy with natural resources, is it an asset owned by the whole nation? How can opportunities for business growth be combined with social responsibility? How can we avoid infringing the right to a private life when building this new economy? What kind of balance should be struck between state regulation and self-regulation of the business community?

Andrew Keen , Executive Producer, Futurecast Series; Writer, Publicist

Andrei Belousov , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
Vladislav Boutenko , Senior Partner, Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Andrei Dubovskov , President, Chairman of the Management Board, MTS
Alexander Zharov , Head, Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor)
Scott Overson , General Manager, Industry Solutions Group EMEA, Intel Corporation
Mikhail Oseevskiy , President, Rostelecom
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Demetrio Russo , Vice President for Eastern Europe, Nokia Corporation
Tigran Sargsyan , Chairman of the Board, Eurasian Economic Commission
Igor Shchegolev , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation

Mikhail Dubin , Managing Director for Development and IT Projects Management, USM Management
Kyriakos Kokkinos , Executive Director, Partner, IBM Europe; Member of the Board of Directors, Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency
Steven Crown , Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft
Andrey Kuzyaev , President, Chairman of the Management Board, Member of the Board of Directors, ER-Telecom Holding
Ilya Massukh , President, Informational Democracy Foundation
Vasily Osmakov , Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Savva Shipov , Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation