State, Information, Internet
Moderator - Ivan Zassursky
The Net has become the most vital phenomenon of the XX-XXI century edge.
It is developed through numerous varied resources available online. In
this regard, even in the most closed political system, the Internet always
acts as an important public forum that determines impossibility of
abolishing democracy (at least, without fighting). Thus, today in Russia,
the Net bears an additional significance as a Ďdemocracy incubatorí.
And itís interesting whether the officials share this point of view.
What kind of regulating models are carried out on the Internet today, and
whether it is planned to regulate the Net in principal? If the answer is
positive, what measures, except repressive, might be taken by state
authorities to bit the desirable target, and what are the results they
would like to gain. The latter remark is a question as well.
Whether the power representatives could share the point that, in
contemporary society, access to the Net might be regarded a human right.
The state has particular interests protected by secret service and law
enforcement bodies. Secret service creates a specialized infrastructure
for its activities that is usually reciprocated by waves of protest.
However, itís only one partís voice that is heard in these protests.
We obviously lack information on real situation. It might have happened
because the FAPSI (electronic communication shadowing system)
representatives didnít have an opportunity to specify the meaning,
system of functioning and operation scope of the SORM type systems, as
well as to formulate its attitude to e-mail coding systems, etc. All these
questions need discussing. And we must evade the conflict based on
misunderstanding and obtain clearance in disparity questions.
The Net provides the state power with additional opportunities for
communication with the citizens, and for constructing the principally new
system of relations with them. Whether these opportunities could be
demanded, and what do whatís going on in this sphere for the moment?
In the current situation of global social transformation, these tendencies
evoke special interest since they give way to watch the appearance of new
modes of work organizing, communication and identification typical for
post-industrial society. In case automation puts an end to many jobs,
development of the post-industrial sector acquires a particular
significance. And itís vital to achieve new strategic priorities in
development, and their public comprehension, beginning with the Russian
government representatives. Itís merely opinion sharing on social
development perspectives and gaining a better comprehension of real
processes that might draw together points of view of statesmen and
Itís important to underline that the round table discussion will take
place less than a week before the official Duma (Russian parliament)
debating of the Internet regulating bill. So, from this point of view,
this panel of the symposium might be regarded a sort of rehearsal of the
Duma debates, though with a different cast, of course. Itís also worth
noting that the context of discussion will be internationally extended due
to participation of foreign guests.
Representatives of the Russian Government, the State Duma, Net community,
as well as experts of the Council of Europe will make reports that will be
followed by a discussion welcoming all those that would like to take part.
The event will be broadcasted through the Net.