The Youth Internet Governance Forum (Youth RIGF) gathered the most creative, talented and progressive young people in the IT sphere in Skoltech. 200 young people took part offline and over 5 thousand more joined the online broadcast of the Forum, the registration for which was available until the last day. Young people not only from Moscow, but also from many other regions of the country signed up for the online format.
The guest moderators and speakers from among leading Russian and international experts spoke at the four panel sessions of the Forum.
"Digital Economy: Utopia or Anti-utopia"
"My Personal Data: Whose Is It Really?"
"2020 – the Year of TikTok: Hype or a New Youth Platform"
The panel "Digital Economy: Utopia or Anti-utopia" discussed the future of the Russian IT industry; brain drain and career prospects for Russian youth. Legal regulation, control over data collection and processing and consumer privacy violations were the subject of discussion in the section "My Personal Data: Whose Is It Really? The participants in the "(Non)Virtual Reality" section examined the issue of digital addiction and analyzed the Internet's impact on everyday life and the automation of human consciousness. Section 4 of the Forum «2020 – the Year of TikTok: Hype or a New Youth Platform" focused on the future of social media and prospects for new emerging social platforms.
The online sessions were conducted in two languages, which ensured participation not only of Russian, but also foreign audiences from different parts of the world: USA, Serbia, Austria, Bangladesh, Japan, Zambia, Ghana, Italy, Egypt, Pakistan, Poland, Cuba and others.
In addition to the business program, Youth RIGF also had fan zones with educational master classes and IT sites where it was possible to visit a 5G laboratory, VR/AR zones with virtual immersion technology and to look at the Internet projects of the Russian Historical Society and "gadgets" of the "good old days" from the Yandex museum.
RIGF 2021 took place on April 7-9, 2021, at the Expocentre. The Forum was held in a hybrid format: the speakers performed both "live", being personally present at the Forum venue, and online, reaching the platform online.
In April 2021, the Analytics Unit of the Center for Global IT-Cooperation has prepared the Overview of the International Experience in the Field of Regulation of Global Digital Platforms in National Jurisdictions. Partners of the Center within this project have been NEO Center Consulting and international consulting company Frost & Sullivan.