A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives

World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives produced by the World Bank Group studies data governance and challenges faced by the global community in data handling. The report aims to answer two fundamental questions: how can data better advance development objectives and what kind of arrangements are needed to support the generation and use of data in a safe and secure way?

The Roscongress Foundation presents the salient points of the publication accompanied by fragments of broadcasts of relevant panel discussions from the business programme of international events held by the Roscongress Foundation.

Alongside the potential positive effects of a massive increase in the availability of real-time, granular data, there is also a high risk that such data may be misused.

Innovations in data generation create new opportunities for businesses, public authorities, individuals and communities, helping them make better choices by accessing more information and knowledge. As stated in the report, data can lead to better lives through multiple channels. Governments can use data to improve programs and policies. The private sector can use data to fuel platform-based business models that stimulate economic activity and international trade in services. And individuals, empowered by data, can hold governments accountable.

However, data hoarding can lead to concentration of economic and political power while also raising the possibility that data could be mishandled. Incomplete legal and regulatory frameworks for data and a dearth of institutions with the requisite administrative capacity prevent data from creating economic and social value which can be multiplied through repurposing and reuse.

Video: https://roscongress.org/sessions/spief-2019-nichego-lichnogo-kak-zashchitit-personalnye-dannye-grazhdan-ot-kiberatak/search/#00:28:11.392

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated both the positive and the negative sides of data use in healthcare.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a timely illustration of how countries are struggling to balance the use of data to advance public health objectives with the need to safeguard against harmful misuse of such data. In some countries, call detail records from mobile phone usage, created in the private sector, have been repurposed to allow public health authorities to identify and trace those exposed to infected individuals. To guard against any misuse of these data, several countries have had to strengthen governance frameworks by passing emergency legislation that enacts or enhances data protection regulations.

Video: https://roscongress.org/sessions/eef-2019-tsifrovoe-gosudarstvo-novye-biznes-modeli-na-volne-totalnoy-tsifrovizatsii/search/#00:21:34.848

Breaking out of the current impasse in data governance calls for a new social contract for data.

According to the report, such a contract would pave the way for progress in data governance, ensure equitable access to data, and enhance data protection. Such a contract would also increase data use and reuse to realize greater value; create more equitable access to the benefits of data; foster trust through safeguards that protect people from the harm of data misuse; and lay the groundwork for an integrated national data system.

Video: https://roscongress.org/sessions/iif-2019-bolshie-dannye-kak-novaya-forma-gosudarstvennogo-upravleniya/search/#01:18:03.519

For more information, see the special sections of the Roscongress Foundation Information and Analytical System: Big Data and Digitalization about the development of digital technologies, and Globalization/Regionalization about global challenges and responses to them.

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