Business programme

Digital Dictatorship vs Digital Sovereignty: Problems, Risks, Opportunities

15 Jun , 15:00–16:15
Building Technological Sovereignty
Congress Centre, zone A, 3rd floor, conference hall A

The technological revolution that has made possible the creation of a parallel digital universe has simultaneously given rise to brand new types of challenges and threats. However, many of them can easily be traced to the familiar neo-colonial reflexes of the "collective West" abusing its dominant position in the IT sector and its access to the main levers of Internet governance. The policy of exclusivity and privilege pursued by the West under the label of "rule-based world order" is also being projected onto the global digital space, condemning it to inevitable fragmentation. American internet giants are becoming obedient tools in Washington's information warfare against Russia. The risks are difficult to predict due to the malicious use of the latest technologies, such as artificial intelligence. Can the digital dictatorship imposed by the West be resisted? How can we avoid becoming a digital colony of the US and its satellites? What are the opportunities for Russia to strengthen its digital sovereignty? How can Russia maintain its desired degree of self-sufficiency without losing the benefits provided by the world wide web? Is there a contradiction between the digital sovereignty of the state, society and the individual, and how can it be overcome?

Alexander Malkevich, First Deputy Chairman, Commission for the Development of the Information Society, Mass Media and Mass Communications, Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation; General Director, Saint Petersburg TV Channel

Maria Zakharova, Director, Department of Information and the Press, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Vovan and Lexus, Prankers
Aleksey Pushkov, Chairman of the Commission of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Information Policy and Cooperation with the Media; Senator of the Russian Federation
Alexander Khinshtein, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications

Front row participants
Igor Ashmanov, General Director, Kribrum; Managing Partner, Ashmanov and Partners; Member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights
Vadim Glushchenko, Director, Center for Global IT-Cooperation
Igor Lyapunov, Senior Vice President for Information Security, Rostelecom; General Director, Rostelecom-Solar