Agenda

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09.00 - 10.00
Registration and welcome coffee
10.00 - 10.20
Opening ceremony

Welcoming speech will be given by:


  • Sergey Nesterovich, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus
  • Natalia Mochu, Global Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ICANN;
  • Sergey Povalishev, CEO Reliable Software, Ltd. (hoster.by) .

10.20 - 10.35
Surprise from the Organizer
10.35 - 12.00
Panel discussion: "Internet balkanization"

For a long time, ideas of “digital sovereignty” and “sovereign Internet” have been heard in our and other regions, for many countries these ideas become a guide to action. If earlier we considered the Great Chinese firewall as an unfortunate exception, now this model has proved to be too attractive for governments in different parts of the world.

Points of discussion:

1. Splinternet is a term that describes the fragmentation of the global network at the technological, commercial, political, linguistic and cultural levels. Some of these processes are natural, but we would like to talk about how governments, responding to modern challenges and threats, seek to draw national borders on the Internet.

2. The spread of the practice of blocking and filtering content, “Sovereign Internet” in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus. Where will this trend lead us to, are the consequences recognized and are there alternatives to this path in relation to the Belarusian segment of the Internet?

We will try to look at these and other questions from different points of view.

Moderator:

Experts:

12.00 - 12.20
Coffee break
12.20 - 13.40
Panel discussion: "Cyber transformation: from business processes to e-government"

This year, Belarus for the first time entered the list of countries with a very high e-government development index (Very-High-EGDI), ranking 38th in the UN ranking. In addition to Belarus and Kazakhstan, all the top 40 participants are high-income countries - this is a key indicator of the country's economic potential, which has a strong influence on the development of national e-government.

The purpose of the discussion is to understand what factors determine the path of development of digital transformation in our country.

Discussion Points:

1. What, in addition to government programs, has an impact on digital transformation?
2. How does society, business and the state react to profound changes?
3. What is the gap between the needs for digital products and the reality?
4. Are we ready for a full-fledged e-government with a single “citizen account” and are we able to ensure data security?

Moderator:

  • Aleksandr Sushko, Project Manager for Business Development in the Republic of Belarus, Group-IB
13.40 - 14.40
Lunch
14.40 - 16.00
Panel discussion: "Internet as a media. What to read and whom to trust"

Discussion points:

1. Analysis of changes in media consumption. Why do people (not) cease to be interested in traditional media? Will there be a place for traditional media among the media of the future?
2. Pros and cons of the newest media: speed, information verification, legal aspects, etc.
3. Fake news and news from personal accounts. Accounts in social networks as the primary source of information.

Moderator:

Experts:

  • Andrey Levkovskiy, Editor-in-chief, newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" (Belarus)
  • Petr Kuznetsov, Publisher, Online Media "Silnye Novosti - Gomel.Today"
  • Boris Goreckiy, Deputy Chairman, the Belarusian Association of Journalists
  • Dmitry Parton, Deputy General Director for Development, Minsk-News Agency
16:00 - 16:20
Coffee break
16:20 - 17:50
Panel discussion: "Internet as an inclusive environment"

Is the Internet an open, accessible, and barrier-free environment? How to ensure equal opportunities when using Internet resources and why is this issue more relevant now than ever before?

Discussion Points:

1. What does a barrier-free environment on the Internet look like and who needs it.

Digital inclusion through the experience of people with disabilities. What technologies help create online resources for people with visual impairment, hearing impairment. Exclusion as the flip side of inclusion: the risks associated with the complete immersion of certain categories of people into a virtual environment.

2. Language inclusion on the Internet.

How language can help to “include” the least digitalized groups in the Internet environment: elderly people, people with disabilities, children with special needs. What is the place of the Belarusian language on the global Internet? How to ensure equal opportunities when using the Internet by native speakers of "small language groups"?

17:50 - 18:10
Coffee break
18:10 - 19:30
Futurological panel discussion

Are technology really useful and safe? At the futurological discussion, we will discuss how we voluntarily change privacy for convenience and entertainment, and instead of treating diseases of society, we alleviate their symptoms with IT-aspirin. Come to listen and speak about:

  • how Belarusian cities can become smarter in a couple of years;
  • what your children, grandchildren and you should learn, so that automation of everything does not leave you without work;
  • what role gadgets (and even furniture!) with biometric sensors will play in the maximum personalization of advertising;
  • how predictive technologies predict our preferences and form the illusion of choice.

19:30 - 20:00
Closing ceremony
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