Youth Internet
6 April
Skoltech, Moscow
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Join the discussion on the future development of the Internet! The Internet Governance Forum is a global series of events supported by the United Nations since 2005. Leading experts from business, academia, and government hold discussions on prospects of a global network.

For the first time in Russia students are invited to this discussion as equal participants. The launch of the Youth initiative will help to hear their voice and ideas, as well as put them forward.
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Participant registration, welcome coffee

Opening Ceremony

11:30–13:30 Group work (in 4 parallel sections)
  • (Non) Virtual

    The online format has become an integral part of many people's life in the world. Digital technologies penetrate deeper and deeper into society, economy, culture and education. This makes the problem of digital addiction more and more urgent, especially among the youth. Where is the line between the real and the virtual, between the use of technology to comprehend the present and immerse yorself into the digital world?

    Anton Khashchenko, Political scientist

    Oleg Kachanov, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
    Alexander Volodin, Director for Development and Communications of Group video platform
    Olga Rubtsova, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education
    Andrey Tsyper, Executive Director for Media, Rambler & Co
    Anton Klyuchkin, Russian journalist, media manager, CEO of the Institute for Internet Development, former Deputy CEO for media of Rambler&Co
    Tamirlan Kuliev, Blogger

  • Digital Economy: Utopia or Dystopia?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated the changes of the past few years in the country's economic system. More and more companies in the world are using the power of the Internet in their day-to-day business. And the IT sector therefore has become more competitive. Many countries, including Russia, actively pursue the digital economy development, as well as speed up the process of transferring all monetary transactions to online. How would this kind of transformation impacts Russia and its youth?

    Anna Nesterova, Board Chairperson of the Global Rus Trade e-commerce platform

    Evgeny Komar, Director of the Department of Information Technologies of the Government of the Russian Federation
    Alexander Krainov, Head of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Technologies, Yandex Group of Companies
    Alexey Maleev, Director for distance programs of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
    Maxim Fedorov, Vice-president for Artificial Intelligence and Mathematical Modelling in Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
    Denis Konanchuk, Director, Customized programs department, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
    Dmitry Rud, Commercial Director DDoS-GUARD
  • My Personal Data: Whose Is It? Who Does It Belong to?

    The personal data that users of mobile apps and social networks share on a daily basis goes far beyond their names, email addresses and documents. Where is the line between economic feasibility for business and violation of consumer's privacy? What personal data do users share and how often do they do it unconsciously? To what extent do the issues of control over the personal data collection and processing depend on people? And to what extent do they rely on the perfection of legal tools and technologies?

    Roman Chukov, Representative of Russia in MAG IGF, Center for Global IT Cooperation

    Milos Wagner, Deputy Head of Roskomnadzor
    Anton Gorelkin, Member of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications
    Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director, UN Information Centre in Moscow
    Peter Kimpian, Data Protection Unit, Council of Europe
    Anna Dupan, Director of the Institute of Legal Regulation of National Research University Higher School of Economics
    Alexey Natyokin, CEO, Data Souls; Founder, Open Data Science Community; Data Fest project organiser
  • 2020 Is The Year of Tiktok. Is It a Hype or Main Platform for Youth?

    2020 is a unique year in terms of the social media's impact on our lives. The pandemic is the main reason for this process. The growth in the number of users of such platforms has reached unprecedented high. A number of news and the widespread hype around them on social networks has become the number one topic for discussion in society. TikTok is a great example. The Clubhouse is also growing fast. However, the future development of social networks is still unknown. Some of them are doing everything to remain on top. Apparently, TikTok and Clubhouse will be replaced by another social network in the near future. What will it be? This is what we need to figure out.

    Karina Kross, Blogger, singer, actress

    Boris Glazkov, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, PJSC Rostelecom
    Denis Zavarzin, Head of the ANO CISM
    Olga Prokopova, Head of the "Information Check" Project, TASS Russian News Agency
    Kirill Kolesnikov, TikToker
    Nikita Starushko, Blogger, TikTok House owner

13:30–15:00 Lunch, networking, fun-zone activities

15:00–16:00 Master classes with leading experts

16:00–16:30 Coffee and networking

16:30–17:30 Master classes with leading experts

17:30–19:00 Final discussion. Awards ceremony

19:00–20:00 Musical perfomance

  • Technologies of "Ancient Civilization"
    Creation of a VR/AR zone using virtual immersion technology.
    Forum participants will be able to test the technology, as well as receive a detailed presentation of its work and potential principles.

  • VR-zone

    Creation of a VR/AR zone using virtual immersion technology.
    Forum participants will be able to test the technology, as well as receive a detailed presentation of its work and potential principles.

  • The Neural Network Writes Poems
    A corner with neural network technology, writing poems in the Haiku genre based on the forum participants personal preferences.
    Deepfake demonstration - an algorithm that can change the faces of participants in a few minutes.

  • Master Classes

    Master classes will be held by leading experts (representatives of technology giants, banks, educational institutions). The master class will give the participants an opportunity to listen to a short lecture, as well as ask speakers their questions.
  • Russian Historical Society
    Internet projects of the Russian Historical Society (RIO) and virtual historical reconstructions of the Moscow University will be presented at the Forum venue. The projects include virtual walks through the streets of old Moscow and the study room of Dmitry Mendeleev, large-scale digital resources "Electronic Library of Historical Documents", "RIO. Compass", "Historical Geography", "In Memory of Great War Heroes (1914-1918)", "Digital Peter", "Reconstruction of Lord's Passion Monastery" and many others.
  • 5G Lab
    Guests of the Youth Internet Governance Forum have a chance to see where domestic fifth-generation communications solutions are created. Skoltech's NTI Center of Excellence in Wireless & IoT will open the doors of its 5G laboratory to the event participants. Its staff members will give them a brief tour, show a working prototype of a Russian 5G base station and talk about Russian research into the next - sixth - generation of telecommunications (6G).

  • What Is It?
    This is the outcome document which outlines the Forum participants' ideas. Then the document will be presented to the Russian and global Internet community.

  • About What?
    The document will reflect the results of the Forum sections' discussions and youth vision for the Internet future. Express your views on the governance of the World Wide Web, data protection, digital literacy, online security, inclusive access to information and more!
  • How to Participate?
    You can suggest your ideas in the registration form below. Make sure to provide a brief description for each idea. You can choose one of the sections or several at once.
Youth RIGF 2021 will award young IT specialists in six nominations.
  • Best Youth IT Startup
    Selected among projects launched in 2019-2020 that are targeting youth audience.
  • Best Student IT Project
    Awarded to student IT projects that are being implemented.
  • Educational IT Project of the Year
    Selected among platforms with educational and informational
  • International IT Award
    Awarded to а foreign project that made a great contribution to the development of digital platforms in 2020.
  • Best IT Youth Blogger of the Year
    The most interesting blogger for Russian youth audience is to be selected, regardless of the social media platform.
  • Women IT Leadership
    The winner is selected from female representatives of the IT industry who have launched a successful project (business), or built their own brand.
The Forum will be held offline at Skoltech University.
For participants who do not plan to visit Moscow in April, an online broadcast will be available.

For the first time, a special course for young people will be held on the sidelines of the XI Russian Internet Governance Forum (RIGF 2021). Students and recent graduates interested in the development and use of the Internet and technology are invited to participate. As part of the course, participants will receive detailed information on the topics of the Forum and discuss the main issues from the program agenda. Applications are accepted until 18 March.
Date and time:
6 April
30c1 Bolshoi boulevard, Moscow, Russia
Registration is closed.