Tuesday 28.08.18, 11:00
Infrastructure and Regulation of the Digital Economy (Conferences)

Software becomes more important than hardware – what does it mean for the energy sector, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing and other industries? Crowdfunding, marketplaces, and blockchain solutions – how does the government plan to use these new technologies? And is there a way to strike a balance between market regulations and tight control? 











During the first day of the conference, experts will discuss the implementation of a program for developing the digital economy in Russia in two key areas: IT Infrastructure and Statutory Regulation. The main goals of these areas are the creation of a new regulatory environment for the emergence and development of new technologies, as well as roll-out of digital platforms and innovative solutions to satisfy the demands of authorities, businesses, and the population.


IT infrastructure ensures that consumers have access to digital resources. These include servers, databases, control centers, and other technologies for the collection, storage, processing, and communication of information. The creation of IT infrastructure is the most important requirement for the development of the digital economy. How long will this process take for Russia?

Digitalization is characterized by the fact that software and services become more important, while physical objects and devices lose their prominence. At the same time, traditional sectors of the economy should keep pace with technological progress in order to stay competitive. So what business conditions should the state provide, and what is the right environment that ensures that businesses attract investments, market players receive sufficient profit, and the social sphere and the quality of life of citizens reach a new level? Specific solutions that enable unlocking the accumulated technological and intellectual potential appear only when different levels of government, business, scientific, and research organizations join their efforts.

Participants of the discussion:

  • Alexander Ivanov, Founder and CEO of Waves and the Vostok project
  • Nikolay Tsekhomsky, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of VEB
  • Alexey Chukarin, Deputy Head of the Department of Information Technologies of Moscow
  • Alesya Mamchur, director of digital economy projects office Rostelekom
  • Denis Nagi, CEO, Dolfin 
  • Moderator — David Rowan, Chief Editor, Wired UK

Key discussion topics:

  • Russian technological revolution: Main areas of digital economy development by 2024
  • New technologies and their impact on traditional sectors of the economy – from transportation and energy to digital healthcare and manufacturing
  • Implementation of digital technologies and platform solutions in public administration and public services
  • Evolution of financial technologies: payments and transfers, crowdfunding, asset management, marketplaces, and blockchain-based solutions

    We are now welcoming a completely different world. Rapid transformation of all aspects of economic activity due to digital technologies makes the state respond quickly and decisively, developing new approaches to regulation. But economic changes occur and dissipate much faster than the norms that are designed to regulate them. As part of this discussion, experts will talk about the creation of new legal conditions for the development of modern technologies in the country and their implementation in the economy.

    Participants of the discussion:

  • Irina Sirenko, Deputy Head of the Department of Information Technologies
  • Sergey Grebennikov, Director of Regional Public Center of Internet technologies
  • Olga Tkachenko, Head of the Center for Legal Innovations of MTS PJSC
  • Anton Lebedev, Deputy Director of Public Administration Department of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development
  • Daniil Tereshchenko, Deputy Head of the Rospatent
  • Moderator of the discussion: Nikolai Korzhenevsky, economic commentator for Russia24 TV channel

  • Key discussion topics:

  • Creating a favorable regulatory environment for the development of the digital economy
  • Key aspects of legal regulation of the digital economy that take effect in 2019: antitrust regulation of the digital economy, formalization of information as a civil rights object, identifying the role of digital technologies in the financial sphere, including technologies for distributed registries, defining the concepts of smart contracts and electronic documents
  • Regulation: How to avoid the temptation to overregulate the industry?
  • What are the main risks related to introducing new rules? What sphere of the digital economy really needs tightened legislation?
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Observing privacy rights
  • Regulation of big data: legal regulation of big data processing, as well as state control over big data

  • 19:00—21:00. OPEN LECTURE

    The first day of the conference will conclude with a lecture by David Rowan, Chief Editor of Wired UK. The lecture requires a separate registration here.

    The conference is held within the framework of support of the Data Economy Russia 2024 state program and is part of the Binary District x Strelka summer program. The programme involves a series of educational events about digital technologies and innovations, featuring international business owners and scientists, as well as civil and political leaders.

    For accreditation, please contact us at pr@strelka.com