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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, 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, and 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 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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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The internet of things: overcoming obstacles
1 June 2017

In discussions about the fourth industrial revolution, a concept which is often mentioned is ‘the Internet of Things’. The Internet of Things refers to an ecosystem of objects which are interlinked by means of being connected to the Internet and which are able to collect and share information from the external environment. In the contemporary world, the Internet of Things has already become prevalent in a wide range of technological applications such as the ‘smart home’, ‘smart parking’ systems, and Apple Watch, among others, and offers consumers benefits such as simplifying workflows, ensuring a safe environment, and saving energy. However, the prevalence of data exchange inherent in such systems is raising concerns about security. What steps should be taken to determine and regulate the amount of personal information companies may collect and how they can use it? Will universal rules be developed and applied, or will regulation remain predominantly the purview of individual nations? Are there technical solutions that can ensure that the Internet of Things remains secure and could advances in blockchain provide a solution? What responsibilities do intermediaries between manufacturers and users bear in the event that the manufacturer breaches the user’s personal data rights?

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