According to the Head of the Analytical Center Vladislav Onishchenko, investments in digitization inevitably entail certain risks but today it is practically impossible to estimate these risks because of the extremely fast pace of change.
"Digitization is inevitably going to change the structure of employment and the way people live in general. And we have to understand that some people may be not too fond of the idea of living in that brave new digital world that futurologists are envisaging today. Some estimates suggest that up to 10% of the population will be reluctant to switch to new ways of communication with the state and will keep relying on traditional ways of getting state services," Mr Onishcenko said in his presentation at the plenary session of the 11th International IT Forum with BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation participation held in Khanty-Mansiysk.
According to the head of the Analytical Center, given these predictions, it's vital to preserve equal opportunities for all citizens regardless of their attitude towards digitization.
Speaking of risks and opportunities that Russia currently faces in the context of digitization, the expert noted that in some aspects Russia is lagging behind other countries and needs to catch up. "The biggest risk we face today is that we will not be able to catch up," Mr Onischenko says. At the same time, he pointed at the information technology infrastructure in Russia that serves as solid basis to build the new digital economy on as an important competitive advantage.
The government plans to embrace Big Data with the National Data Management System; the concept of the new system was approved by the government on May 29.
One of the panel sessions held by the Analytical Center at the forum was devoted to discussing the backgrounds and aims of the National Data Management System, its benefits for the state, business and the public.
"Relevance, reliability, security and accessibility: these are the 4 problems with data handling that the National Data Management System is aimed to solve," Mr Onischenko noted.
The IT forum is being held in Khanty-Mansiysk for the 11th time and this year it gathered representatives from more than 60 Subjects of the Russian Federation as well as 50 foreign guests from BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries.