Complex social processes and new economic challenges are putting pressure on the government to ensure more active and substantial engagement of civil society in decision-making. The mechanisms of public oversight, feedback, government accountability to society, and civil engagement in government activities have been undergoing implementation in Russia for a while now. However, the rapidly evolving technological environment is spurring a need for expanded interaction. Have the actions taken to date yielded the desired effect, and how do society and the state judge the results? What should be done to kindle public interest in urgent socioeconomic issues and establish a mutually beneficial dialogue with the state?