International conference under the auspices of UNESCO ended in Ugra


Information and Communication in the Digital Era: Explicit and Implicit Impacts Second International Conference under the auspices of and in cooperation with UNESCO within the XI International IT Forum Attended by BRICS and SCO Countries ended in Khanty-Mansiysk today, on June 12.

It was attended by scientists from 35 countries representing all continents and various disciplines – information science, sociology, political science, philosophy, futurology, economics, and history – as well as diplomats, politicians, representatives of government bodies and journalists.

The conference continued for three days; its main task was contributing to bridging the gap between development rates in information, communication and corresponding technologies, on the one side, and capabilities of comprehending the changing reality by the academia and society.

Digital Age: Where Are We Going?, Freedom of Information: Global Challenges of the Utopia, Preserving Cultural and Scientific Heritage in the Digital Age, Malignant Use of Artificial Intelligence and International Cyber and Psychological Security, Media and Informational Literacy and Informational Ethics, Technologies and Linguistic Diversity – these were the subjects of discussions here.

At the summary plenary session, Evgeny Kuzmin, Deputy Chair of the Board, Information For All inter-governmental program, noted that these three days of work yielded huge result.

“We all have our private views based on personal experience and this conference is created to share such knowledge and develop a new, transdisciplinary knowledge, reaching certain generalizations in order to look at the development of our life from a fresh perspective”, he addressed session participants.

In his comment for Open Region – Ugra portal, Evgeny Kuzmin emphasized how unique the past conference was, noting that there were no similar events anywhere in the world. He said that here representatives of 35 countries from all continents were looking for answers to very acute issues relevant for the whole society.

“We live in the world of information technologies and we all depend on computer and the Internet. But a philosophical, sociological, psychological question arises: are we becoming better, cleverer, happier? On the one hand, we are living a diverse and intense life but on the other hand, our internal world is growing sparser – we lose personal touch with each other and its depth, we read fewer books. The technical side of our lives is getting more complicated but spiritually, people often become more primitive. These were the aspects researched at this conference – changes in most aspects of our lives. This ambiguity of life was its focus.”

According to him, a new world is being created right now and humanity is facing a different future it has no idea about because there has been nothing like it in the world’s history so far and the changes are happening so quickly that individual sciences and disciplines don’t even have ready-to-use tools to understand and analyze this new reality.

“We are very thankful to the Government of Ugra for this wonderful opportunity to get together on this land and raise such issues relevant for the whole contemporaneity,” Evgeny Kuzmin concluded.

Hosting this conference is a new great contribution by Ugra and all of the Russian Federation towards the implementation of UNESCO’s main program on communication and information – Information For All inter-governmental program by UNESCO.

Russian Committee of UNESCO Program, Inter-Regional Center for Library Cooperation, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education and Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of International Affairs supported by the Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra acted as direct conference organizers.

General partners of IT Forum are Rostelecom, Lukoil, PRIME GROUP and Slavneft-Megionneftegaz.