The Concept of the XII International IT Forum with participation of the BRICS and SCO countries

Concept of the XII International IT Forum with
participation of the BRICS and SCO countries

General provisions

In 2020, global economy faced global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed the usual cooperative chains. At the same time, the processes of shock digitalization started in the world, when information technologies became the only tool that supports efficiency of business, public authorities, educational organizations and healthcare institutions.   Thanks to digital technologies, it was possible to avoid global collapse that could take place after introduction of restrictive measures.

In this regard, many states are even more attentive to the development of their national technologies and search for partners who will be reliable in the changing global environment. In this regard, the BRICS and SCO alliances are gaining new importance as a mechanism for mutually beneficial support of interethnic interests and reducing the degree of technological dependence on non-member countries.

In 2020, the BRICS presidency passed to Russia. The motto of the Russian BRICS Presidency in 2020 is "BRICS Partnership for global stability, common security and innovative growth". The coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions have affected the association, but dynamics of cooperation have been maintained. Since January 2020, more than 60 events have been organized,including video conferences.

BRICS Digital Agenda

On November 17, 2020, an online meeting of the BRICS leaders was held in Moscow. Subject of the XII Summit: "BRICS partnership for global stability, common security and innovative growth".

Innovation became one of the main subjects of the event. This year was in many ways innovative for the association- launch of new projects, deepening of cooperation in a number of areas and the first virtual summit in the history of BRICS.

Taking into account positive experience of implementing the five-year economic cooperation program, agenda of the updated strategy was expanded. It includes promising areas of cooperation between the BRICS countries: sustainable trade, investment without barriers and sanctions, and development of digital economy in the interests of people.

First of all, the alliance's activities are focused on such areas as online education and digital literacy, exports using online trade channels, healthcare (telemedicine), smart cities, food and environmental safety, creative industry and tourism.

The summit paid attention to countering new challenges and threats in the field of cyber crime, noted the need for cooperation and discussion at the international level of the possibilities of forming a regulatory framework, including the need to develop a comprehensive international convention on combating the use of ICT for criminal purposes under the auspices of the United Nations.

The sixth annual meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Communications was also held in a video conference format. Leaders of the ICT industries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa discussed rapid transition to the digital economy, as well as the need to improve existing norms of international law that were developed before the digital age.

Participants of the meeting exchanged experience in overcoming negative consequences for the BRICS countries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as discussed development of the digital economy and prospects for joint cooperation. Participants also emphasised the importance of confidentiality and data protection in digital systems in the interests of all parties, so that digital identification systems become reliable, bring real benefits and are used for the benefit of everyone.

The final document of the meeting was the declaration of the Ministers of Communications of the BRICS member countries, a separate section of which was devoted to artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. In this regard, the parties also noted the need to cooperate with each other to build trust and accountability in the field of AI, in order to maximize its potential for the benefit of society and humanity in helping to accelerate inclusive economic growth. Exchange of best practices was also recognized as one of the mechanisms for stimulating innovation and development of artificial intelligence.

Digital Agenda of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

At the meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held in 2020, they discussed digitalization of the economies of the SCO member states, deepening cooperation in trade, economic and investment spheres, and expanding practice of mutual settlements in national currencies. Participants exchanged views on implementation of the action plan for 2012-2025 on Program of Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation until 2035 and the Concept of Cooperation on the Development of Remote and Rural Areas in the Digital Era.

On November 6, 2020, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan hosted a plenary session of the SCO Business Forum and a meeting of the Board of the SCO Business Council in the video conference format. The meeting discussed issues of digitalization of economy, which requires, first of all, from the Chambers of Commerce and Industry to provide conditions for improving knowledge and skills of small businesses in understanding the basics of using digital technologies and their implementation in business processes. Participants noted that e-commerce has contributed to creation of new jobs remotely, involving women, young people, as well as vulnerable segments of the population.

On November 5, 2020, within the framework of the SCO Business Forum, a panel session "SCO: Digital Economy and Smart Technologies. New business solutions" took place. Participants of the meeting noted that current crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has become a significant impetus for the development of digitalization in the world. Further development of digital space in the SCO countries largely depends on an effective state policy, regulatory framework and relevant standards, as well as solving the problems of security and trust in the information world.

Development of digitalization, increasing digital literacy of the population will increase resilience of economies to various crises. According to the participants of the event, an honest and open exchange of technologies and existing developments, adoption of joint comprehensive solutions aimed at development of digitalization in the SCO space is very important.

Russian Federation: tasks and plans

In the Russian Federation, digital transformation is named among the national goals in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation "On National Development Goals of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2030".

Speaking at the international conference Artificial Intelligence Journey 2020, Vladimir Putin announced plans for a complete digital transformation of Russia, which should be completed by 2030. It means, first of all, introduction of artificial intelligence and preparation of the necessary legislative framework. The President gave several instructions to the Cabinet of Ministers. In particular, one task concerns development of a digital transformation strategy for 10 main sectors of Russian economy and social sphere. Vladimir Putin ordered to prepare and submit for consideration a draft law on access of developers in the field of AI to big data, even those that are subject to control by government agencies.

Earlier, the President instructed the Government to ensure that by January 1, 2023, mass socially significant state and municipal services are transferred to an electronic format, providing for appropriate changes in national projects. It is planned that about 300 public services will be provided online in Russia by 2024.

In October, a new significantly modified national program was approved, and its implementation begins in 2021. Minister of Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Maksut Shadaev, speaking at the Federation Council during the "government hour", announced the main tasks of the national project "Digital Economy":

·         to provide fast, accessible Internet ("accessible both technically and financially") throughout the country;

·         industry shall have necessary human resources to produce competitive digital solutions;

·         to ensure security of citizens' digital data, their interaction in digital channels, and to combat threats in cyberspace;

·         Russian industry of information technologies and digital solutions should take a worthy place in the world market;

·         digital public administration, digital public services.

According to the minister, the pandemic also revealed a number of problems related to development of digital technologies, such as: lack of Internet access in many localities, problems in implementation of digital solutions in the public sector, our country's dependence on foreign developments. By 2022, all schools will use Russian online communication applications, and will receive funds for the purchase of electronic educational content. By 2024, all schools will have internal Wi-Fi networks, and teachers will be provided with personal tablets. A teacher training project is being launched.

The fifth-generation 5G networks are planned to be built in Russia only using Russian equipment. In order to implement such production in Russia, additional funding is also provided.

Pilot launch of the project of using mobile applications – "digital twins" of documents (passports, student's record books, etc.), which Russians will be able to use instead of the originals, is scheduled to begin in December 2021 in Moscow.

Russia will have advanced norms regulating high-tech business. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved the Roadmap for transformation of the business climate (TDK) "New types of business activities based on introduction of advanced technologies". The document includes measures to improve regulatory framework. They will eliminate obstacles to the use of innovations in medicine, education, financial sector, motor transport, and air transportation.

            A single state platform "Gostech" will be created in Russia. Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation announced that the experiment on the creation, transition and development of state information systems and their components on the unified digital platform "Gostech" will be held from November 1, 2020 to May 31, 2022.

In 2020, Russia adopted the Law on Experimental Legal Regimes in the Field of Digital Innovation, which entered into force in 2021. Main purpose
of the document is to create legal conditions for accelerated emergence and introduction of new products and services in digital innovation using such digital technologies as artificial intelligence, distributed ledger (blockchain), neurotechnologies, quantum technologies, etc.

In 2021, the measures of the so-called tax maneuver, announced and approved earlier, should start working. These are unprecedented measures to support IT industry: reduction of the insurance premium rate from 14% to 7.6%, income tax-from 20% to 3%.

Issue of coordinating interaction of federal and regional bodies, as well as local self-government bodies becomes relevant against the background of a large number of program documents and departments responsible for overlapping areas. Integration of systems and projects is being strengthened, and the platform approach is being actively implemented in the architecture of information systems. Under these conditions, it is unacceptable to lose control over interaction of all elements of the national project.

Formation and promotion of joint project initiatives in the BRICS and SCO space

BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy until 2025 was adopted at the BRICS summit held in November 2020 under the chairmanship of Russia. The strategy has a section "Digital Transformation", which is revealed through the following components::

- Potential of digital technologies and opportunities for the population of the BRICS countries to acquire advanced technological solutions as promising tools for improving competitiveness, labor productivity and the quality of life of the population, ensuring economic growth, expanding social rights and inclusion in digital processes;

- Exchange of experience and study of approaches to regulating digital transformation of economy;

- Improving availability and quality of goods and services produced by the BRICS countries using digital technologies;

- Addressing digital divide by overcoming uneven access of the BRICS population to digital infrastructure, skills and services, as well as digital inclusiveness of rural population and people with disabilities by improving access to the Internet and ensuring the interconnectedness of the population;

- Facilitating appropriate training and professional development of the workforce and business, taking into account challenges and opportunities associated with digitalization of economy and the processes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution;

- Development of digital literacy programs for harmonious and inclusive adaptation of the population of the BRICS countries;

- Exchange of experience and best practices in the field of unique digital identification systems, big data management, smart cities and smart communities, implementation of joint projects of BRICS countries;

- Recognition of the importance of digital governance in the era of global digitalization and development of cooperation in this area, including within the framework of the BRICS Target Working Group on Digitalization.

One of the areas of innovation and technology in the document defines deepening of cooperation within the framework of the BRICS Partnership on the New Industrial Revolution and launch under its auspices of promising projects to accelerate digital transformation of economy and industrialization, strengthen innovation component, promote inclusive growth, strengthen cooperation between advanced manufacturing clusters, develop cooperation on advanced training and retraining programs related to development of the new industrial revolution.

China's initiatives, ideas and proposals were presented at the 15th G20 Leaders ' Summit. It was noted that digital governance is a new area of global economic governance, so it is important to encourage innovation and work together to create an open, fair, impartial and non-discriminatory digital development environment. China has launched a Global Data Security Initiative, and on this basis, it is ready to discuss and develop rules for global digital governance together with all parties.

There are also specific projects in the active cooperation of the participating countries, among them the BRICS research project on quantum communications, which was joined by the State Corporation Rostec. For the first time, it is planned to create an intercontinental satellite channel of quantum communication using the latest elements of macro-and fiber optics, which will cover a distance of more than 10 thousand km. This is a unique research project that brings together leading scientists from four countries: South Africa, China, India, and Russia.  

In an effort to provide a comfortable environment for development of bilateral relations, the Russian leadership, Chinese state and commercial structures announced creation of several large investment funds focused on new technologies. And the academies of sciences of the two countries signed a road map of cooperation with five priorities-from lasers to the study of the Tibetan Plateau.

In 2020, Innovation Center of the BRICS Partnership on the New Industrial Revolution was opened in Xiamen, Fujian Province in Eastern China, which will allow joint efforts of the states to develop the most effective strategies for using the latest technologies: big data, AI and blockchain.

Goals and objectives of the Forum

Current international economic agenda, impact of the epidemiological situation, current technical, social, and humanitarian challenges, efforts and needs of the BRICS and SCO member states determine the following objectives of the Forum:

•       Formulation of short - and medium-term tasks in the field of cooperation between the participating countries. Identification of needs, current problems and prospects for joint solutions and coordinating impact. Determination of final and intermediate results, initiatives and projects implemented or under implementation.

•       Elaboration of detailed plans for documents approved at the past summits, in particular, the plan for implementation of the Concept of Cooperation of the SCO member states in the field of digitalization, information and communication technologies.

•       Expert dialogue on the global agenda of digital transformation, study of international experience. Search for optimal models of strengthening competitiveness of the economies of the alliance countries.

•       Development of proposals for operational cooperation in the changing economic and social environment. Creating remote interaction mechanisms based on advanced technologies that ensure uninterrupted relationships in changing conditions, using the example of the COVID-19 pandemic.

•       Confirmation of the intentions of Ugra to be open for interregional dialogue, to accumulate federal priorities and to strengthen its position as the main expert platform of the Russian Federation to promote the joint economic agenda of the BRICS / SCO countries.

Priority thematic areas of the Forum

1.         Digitalization – multilateral and seamless cooperation between the BRICS and SCO countries:

•       Search for mechanisms to eliminate digital inequality, monopolism and achieve digital independence of the participating countries;

•       Combating terrorism and extremism on the Internet;

•       Discussion of borders and measures to ensure technological sovereignty, the prospect of a "sovereign Internet";

•       Information risk management and the need for cybersecurity;

•       Creation of joint large investment funds focused on new technologies;

•       Formation of a pool of advanced SCO technology parks, development of their innovative infrastructure, development of state measures of technological independence;

•       Development of proposals for the concept of a single digital trust infrastructure;

•       Activation of efforts of specialists and experts in creation of international standards in the field of AI, taking into account the position of Russian developers;

•       Search for approaches to solving ethical problems, technical regulation measures, and resulting requirements for the development of AI;

•       Development of interregional cooperation and support of initiatives of specific research institutes, universities and companies;

•       Exchange of experience in transformation of the educational sphere;

•       Financing of joint projects, as well as creation of foundations in the field of high technologies and innovations, the functioning of the New BRICS Development Bank;

•       Search for mechanisms for admission to the national markets of high-tech solutions of the participating countries, as well as promotion of cooperation between manufacturers, integrators, developers, scientific and educational organizations from different countries;

•       Development of the project to create an intercontinental channel of quantum communications;

•                    Building effective urban transport solutions and practical ways to modernize them;

•                    Exchange of experience among municipalities in the field of creating an urban technologically modernized infrastructure.

2. Artificial intelligence – a reasonable partner:

•       Gaps and problems of legal regulation;

•       Biased decisions of algorithms, how to regulate and organize the training sample;

•       Adapting employees to the AI-era;

•       Financial support for startups, leading companies, and support centers in the field of AI;

•       Development of an index of readiness/maturity of companies, industries, countries, cities to implement AI and development of pilot industry strategies;

•       How to take into account the cross-industry cross-cutting value of AI, not limited to individual industries;

•       Legislation on AI developers ' access to government big data;

•       Basic research in the field of AI;

•       Ensuring return on investment in the markets and solving certain tasks for the socio-economic development of a country and national security;

•       Relevant legislation and national standards, common requirements for the architecture of AI systems and their functional characteristics;

•       Responsibility for decisions made by AI systems, both from the point of view of ethics and legal norms;

•       Public trust in AI, promoting reliable and trustworthy artificial intelligence solutions;

•       Creating a positive public image of AI;

•       Improving data availability and quality, how to train AI on "correct" relevant data;

•       Creating incentives to attract private investment in the development of corporate science, research and development in the field of AI;

•       Monitoring the effectiveness of AI development support measures;

•       Projects for the use of AI in federal executive bodies.

3. System management of digital transformation in the regions:

•       Development of regional strategies for digital transformation of key economy sectors, a mechanism for coordinating implementation of national projects (programs) in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

•       Methodology for calculating target values of indicators that characterize achievement of national goals for the period up to 2024 and for the planning period up to 2030;

•       Organization of implementation of national goals in accordance with the program-target principle, three-year planning horizon and quarterly reporting;

•       Approaches to risk assessment in achieving national development goals of the Russian Federation in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

•       Organization of the process of managing changes in the digital economy, flexibility of legal regulation;

•       Automation of project management, collection of reports, accounting of indicators of national projects;

•       Increasing the volume of inter-budget transfers to regions within the digital economy;

•       Strengthening coordination of the regions, assistance in understanding of federal tasks before the deadline for their implementation;

•       Roles and tasks of created management units (curators of regions, architectural council, project office);

•       Optimization of regional reporting on national projects, as well as the number of agreements concluded on this issue;

•       Creating new financial conditions for technology startups with the status of experimental ones;

•       Possible revision of the powers of state authorities and local self-government bodies in connection with the introduction of a platform model for managing digital systems;

•       Ensuring the average annual growth in export of services in the field of information and telecommunications technologies;

•       Digitalization of control and supervisory activities;

•       Implementation and development of the Feedback platform and Regional management centers;

•       Providing operational information to the National Project Center (NPC) and operational management of the region based on regional data.

4. Joint project initiatives in the BRICS and SCO space:

•       Creation of an open working channel at the level of departments, universities and the expert community of the BRICS and SCO member states in the field of digital transformation of higher education for joint development of approaches, development of standards for the integration of various services and selection of the most effective solutions;

•       Overcoming actions of external participants in the global artificial intelligence market, ensuring their dominance in this market to gain long-term competitive advantages, creating artificial barriers for other participants to achieve competitive positions;

•       Creating foundations for building a trusted environment that ensures collective information security;

•       Implementation of joint innovative projects in the field of IT and digital trade;

•       Practice of applying digital rights legislation;

•       Comparative analysis of security systems used in the BRICS and SCO countries;

•       Creation of a network of international scientific and methodological centers for the exchange of best practices and training of highly skilled personnel;

•       Transformation of antimonopoly approaches of the participating countries under the influence of digitalization, gaps in legislative and law enforcement practice;

•       Sharing of heavy-duty computing resources (supercomputers);

•       Using the potential of the Russian data storage and processing industry, including cloud services;

•       Practice of using the new 5G communication format, biometric identification, and lean technologies;

•       Creation of a joint system for transmitting financial messages (unified payment system);

•       Possibility of using a single cryptocurrency for making payments between the member countries of the unions through a single payment system;

•       Launch of the BRICS data exchange network for small and medium-sized businesses;

•       Creating an alliance for the development of artificial intelligence technologies;

•       Creating a single blockchain platform for the BRICS and SCO countries as a trade and exhibition platform with a crowdfunding module for promoting high-tech projects;

•       Exchange of experience and technologies in the field of the industrial Internet of things, related to increasing productivity and automation of processes in production, as well as in smart cities;

•       Mobile services for businesses and citizens, experience of the BRICS and SCO countries.  

5. End-to-end technologies-Perspectives and impact:

•       Legislation on experimental legal regimes in the field of digital innovation;

•       Impact of end-to-end technologies on technological leadership, economic development, and social progress;

•       Financial support for projects of the action plan and road maps;

•       Preliminary results of allocation of grants and subsidies for end-to-end technology development projects;

•       Elimination of existing scientific and technological barriers and restrictions;

•       Commercialization of innovation objects;

•       Market readiness and capabilities to implement end-to-end technologies;

•       Export potential of Russian products and measures to strengthen it;

•       Monitoring implementation of road maps.

6. State as a platform. Big Data

•       Development and implementation of standard regulations for provision of state and municipal mass socially significant services at the level of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and municipalities;

•       Legislation providing for the transition to a proactive model of public services provision;

•       Transition to the register model of providing state and municipal services;

•       Digital platform of public administration – a new level of interaction between the state, business and citizens, legal and technological aspects;

•       Digital transformation of state (municipal) services and super services;

•       Achieving goals and indicators of the federal project "Public Administration";

•       Creation, transition and development of state information systems and their components that provide a comprehensive interaction between citizens, the state and business on the GOSTECH platform;

•       Results of the policy of implementing national data management system, experience and proposals of the regions on big data management;

•       Current status of the experiment to improve quality and connectivity of data contained in state information resources;

•       What solutions should be implemented in local self-government bodies;

•       Goals, objectives and stages of creation of the state unified cloud platform, preliminary results of the experiment on transition of information systems;

•       Using services of the Unified Portal of Public Services in order to ensure common approaches to involving citizens in solving issues of urban development;

•       Digital profile infrastructure development;

•       Introduction of electronic identity cards and biometric identification;

•       Practice of implementing a standard cloud solution in control and supervisory sphere;

•       Coordination of activities for creation, formation, maintenance and development of the federal resource on the population;

•       Mechanisms for collecting, managing, processing and analyzing data for the functioning of government and business platforms;

•       Legislation on user and personal data;

•       National standard for big data technologies;

•       Companies ' readiness to implement data streaming;

•       State "data showcase" for citizens and businesses;

•       Creating ecosystems and platforms based on data analytics.

7. Import substitution – one step ahead:

•       Compatibility of state information systems with Russian software;

•       Law on "pre-installation of domestic software" - the first results of application;

•       What progress will the microelectronics industry achieve with the new roadmap?;

•       Domestic equipment and software in the maintenance of critical infrastructure facilities;

•       Is Russian manufacturer able to replace imported data storage facilities;

•       Promotion of investment activities of organizations associated with introduction of domestic software, and software and hardware complexes created on the basis of AI technologies;

•       Global competitiveness in the export of domestic developments and information security technologies;

•       System of measures to support Russian producers of information and telecommunications technology products and services;

•       What are the results of subsidizing production, development and support of domestic products;

•       What are the results of centralized software purchases?;

•       How efficiently is the process of import substitution and feedback collection organized;

•       Flexibility in the market tactics of suppliers who have received legislative preferences;

•       Scenarios for implementation of the strategy for electronic industry development;

•       Novelties of the Russian high-tech market 2019-2020;

•       Practice of successful import substitution.

8. Security in the digital environment:

•       New requests in the field of information security and information protection for digital twins of citizens;

•       Current status of work and expected results on information security of non-profit organizations that have received appropriate budget subsidies;

•       Number of cyber attacks in the Russian Federation is growing, information security market is not;

•       Result of subsidizing strengthening of global competitiveness in the field of export of domestic developments and technologies for ensuring information security;

•       Creation of a branch center of the State System for Detecting, Preventing and Eliminating the Consequences of computer attacks (GosSOPKA) and its inclusion in the system of automated information exchange about current cyber threats;

•       Connecting CII objects to the GosSOPKA center;

•       "Independent Internet" in the BRICS and SCO countries;

•       Application of unified system of program documentation standards;

•       Ensuring cyber-stability of socially significant objects and security of critical information infrastructure objects;

•       Consideration of possibility of creating a non-governmental organization- Ugra Cooperation Organization (UCO).

9. "My health" in a single digital circuit:

•       Standardization and normalization of the process of medical data exchange (integration of systems of different levels, purposes and accessories);

•       Examples and practice of the patient-centered healthcare model;

•       Formation of a patient's medical profile using artificial intelligence technologies;

•       Development of methods for objective evaluation of the effectiveness of medical information systems in the main areas (maintenance of an electronic schedule of doctors ' appointments, maintenance of electronic medical records of patients, formation of automatic unloading of accounts to the territorial funds of compulsory medical insurance, creation and storage of legally significant electronic medical documents, etc.);

•       Step-by-step transition to maintaining medical records in the form of electronic documents, which provides for the rejection of maintaining the specified documentation on paper;

•       Implementation of the roadmap for the transfer of budget healthcare to work with artificial intelligence;

•       Storing and using depersonalized medical data for training artificial intelligence systems;

•       Regional agenda for development of the unified information circuit of healthcare and the Unified State Health Service;

•       connecting information systems of private medical organizations to the EGISZ;

•       Expansion of remote interaction between a doctor and a patient, including through the EPGU;

•       Promoting use of telemedicine technologies in healthcare;

•       Electronic prescription system and automated management of preferential drug provision;

•       Regulation of digital medicine.

10. Education in an era of technological change:

Direction "Digital transformation of general education"

·      Legislation on online training during emergencies;

·      State platforms for distance learning;

·      Digital literacy testing tools;

·      Updating of educational programs of higher education in specialties and areas of training related to development of AI technologies;

·      Results of the experiment on implementation of the digital educational environment in the territory of certain regions;  

·      Blended learning experience that combines traditional classroom-time mode and personal (human) connections between teachers and students;

·      Examples of a cascading model of teacher development, mutual teacher training through coaching, mentoring, collaborative research, and a professional distributed leadership network community;

·      Development and testing of digital educational and methodological complexes;

·      Goals and indicators of the federal project "Personnel for the Digital Economy";

·      Creation of a network of international scientific and methodological centers;

·      Operation of the platform of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, an aggregator of educational content and services, quality of electronic educational programs;

·      What results will transition of certificates and diplomas into electronic form give, what effect are the regions waiting for?;

·      Children's digital education centers: first results;

·      Introduction of the requirements for the key competencies of the digital economy for each level of education into educational system, ensuring their continuity.

Direction "Digital transformation of higher education"

·      Approaches and models for creating a digital university;

·      Activities of venture funds to support educational technologies;

·      Prospects for formation of a community for digital transformation of higher education: development of standards, creation and integration of electronic services;

·      Key areas for launching, selecting and piloting platform-based educational solutions;

·      Improving the quality of online education and elaborating approaches to individual student development trajectories;

·      Switching to domestic software and synchronizing it with the requirements and capabilities of universities;

·      Role of national projects in development implementation of continuing education and individual trajectories of students ' development;

·      Strategy and tactics of retraining and advanced training of working citizens;

·      System of additional education in Russia, whether there are "points of superconcentration" in the regions;

·      Interaction of educational institutions and businesses to improve quality of education and understand the needs of the market;

·      Experience in creating a Russian e-school and implementing other similar international projects;

·      Concept of the basic competence model and the list of key competencies in the digital economy;

·      Training of specialists for working with Russian-made software;

·      Development of master's degree programs in the field of artificial intelligence in partnership with leading Russian companies and leading foreign universities.

11. Cultures eternal values – a new format:

•       Creation and equipping of regional digital platforms for storing digital copies of book monuments, digitization of museum collections and objects;

•       Development of the FGIS "National Electronic Library, provision of online broadcasting of significant events in the field of culture and art and creation of virtual exhibition projects equipped with digital guides in the augmented reality format";

•       Development of the system of virtual concert halls in the Russian Federation, development of the unified public geoinformation interactive system crafts.rf, creation and commissioning of the database "Volunteers of Culture";

•       Maturity of domestic digital products to create a single digital cultural field;

•       Creation of the service "Collection of information within the framework of state supervision over the state, content, preservation, use, promotion and state protection of cultural heritage objects";

•       Exchange of best practices, expansion of cooperation between state cultural institutions of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra and cultural institutions of the BRICS and SCO countries in the field of digitization of cultural heritage;

•       Access to cultural values for citizens with disabilities;

•       Ensuring the infrastructure needs of cultural institutions;

•       Data management, reporting and analytical systems in administration of cultural and tourism management functions;

•       Role of the latest technologies in increasing the tourist attractiveness of the regions;

•       Culture as an essential component of digital economy;

•       Cooperation with the Presidential Library in the field of preservation, enhancement and provision of electronic access to the national cultural heritage;

•       Ugra's contribution to formation of the All-Russian digital information heritage.

12. Regulation of the digital environment:

•       Legislation on experimental legal regimes, including in the field of artificial intelligence;

•       Regulatory prospects for the introduction of the digital ruble;

•       Regulatory legal acts that provide incentives for development of digital economy, legal aspects of the platform economy, creation of favorable legal conditions;

•       Intellectual property on objects created with the help of artificial intelligence (amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation);

•       Improving regulatory frameworks to facilitate use of online courses by higher education organizations;

•       Russian and international experience in the use of legal experiments and "regulatory sandboxes", methods for evaluating their effectiveness and efficiency;

•       Legislation providing for the transition to a proactive model of public services provision;

•       Application of digital rights legislation;

•        Extension of the law on protection of competition to the digital industry-marketplaces and aggregators;

•       Legal regime of data usage, machine-to-machine interaction, and cognitive interfaces;

•       Connecting notaries to the biometric system for remote identification of citizens;

•       Procedure for proactive informing citizens about social support measures;

•       Prospects and mechanisms for implementing legislation on digital financial assets;

•       Creation of a comprehensive system for regulating public relations arising from development and use of artificial intelligence technologies;

•       Development of competition law tools, transformation of antitrust approaches under the influence of digitalization;

•       Place and role of a notary in ensuring stability of civil turnover, in digital economy, and in protecting against digital forms of fraud;

•       Possibility of abandoning the institution of preventive protection in the form of a notary;  

•       Checking the compliance of the will and expression of will, legal capacity of citizens, their awareness of legal consequences in the era of machine algorithms;

•       Problems of technical support of the processes of long-term archival storage of electronic documents with preservation of their legal significance and access to them.

13. Information technologies of oil and gas production: digital field, present and future of industry digitalization:

•       Creation of dynamic digital models of oil fields, optimal management of field development based on geological and hydrodynamic modeling;

•       Digitalization of wells and fields, intellectualization of exploration, production and transportation processes;

•       Popular technologies in enterprises: robotization of production, end-to-end automation and integration of production processes into a single information system, digital workplace;

•       Standards aimed at effective implementation of digital technologies in the Russian industry, development of high-quality and independent solutions, as well as ensuring their compatibility.

14. Smart City and its standards:

•       Urban development index measurements;

•       How will the series of national standards for the development of smart cities be applied?;

•       Practice of applying preliminary national standards in the field of the Internet of Things, sensor networks and the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT);

•       Proposals for harmonious use of artificial intelligence and the Internet of things in collection and processing of big data within the framework of the smart city concept;

•       State standard of compliance of a smart city in Russia;

•       Components and architecture of a smart city;

•       Problem of combining services and data on a single regional platform, the ecosystem of regional smart cities;

•       Difficulties of including small settlements in digitalization;

•       Index of the city's readiness for the implementation of AI;

•       Smart metering devices – benefits for the state, business, and the population;

•       Regional control centers as big data aggregators and integration platforms with federal services;

•       Roadmaps for development of the Internet of things;

•       Smart home device compatibility standards;

•       Monetization of city services.

15. Impact of changes in information environment on society (within the framework of the Third International Conference "Information and Communication in the Digital Age: Explicit and Implicit Impacts" under the auspices and in cooperation with UNESCO):

•       Fundamental changes in information environment in information society;

•       New types and forms of social communication;

•       Sociocultural transformations: impact of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (atomization of society, reduction of pluralism, total control, loss of privacy, etc.).);

•       The fourth technological revolution, artificial intelligence, neural networks, big data;

•       Recognizing and countering manipulation and fake news, hate speech, trolling, etc.;

•       Finding a balance between freedom of expression in the digital environment and information security;

•       Media and information literacy and formation of digital skills in the population;

•       Promoting reading on paper and from the screen as the main way to preserve language and written culture.

Expected results of the Forum

As a result of the forum, the following results are expected to be achieved:

•       Summing up decisions and initiatives announced and recorded in joint documents based on the results of the meetings of the heads of state, government delegations and experts of the BRICS/SCO countries;

•       Identify new proposals on digitalization agenda, study the experience and opinions of the parties on development of relations, including on creation of an alliance for development of AI technologies;

•       Preliminary exchange of proposals on the threshold of the BRICS and SCO summits in 2021;

•       Familiarization of participants with technical, administrative, and management solutions in key areas of the Forum;

•       Forming an understanding of the key trends, problems, and forecasts for development of the digital educational environment in Russia and the BRICS/ SCO countries;

•       Consideration of development of artificial intelligence technologies and the role of economic alliances in their improvement;

•       Assessment of the current stage of implementation of the national project "Digital Economy" in Russia, identification of achievements and shortcomings;

•       Formulation of proposals for a whole complex of interrelated components, a change management system, development of domestic and international market, and growth of indicators in certain sectors (healthcare, education, industry);

•       Presentation of the best practices of regional digital transformation.