The IV International Conference on Tangible and Intangible Impact of Information and Communication in the Digital Age took place on 7-9 June 2022 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation, within the XIII International IT Forum and the UNESCO Information for All Intergovernmental Programme.
The event was organised by the Russian UNESCO IFAP Committee, Interregional Library Cooperation Centre, Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Ugra with the support of the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO and Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. The conference gathered over 100 experts from 35 countries – representatives of intergovernmental, international, regional and national non-governmental organisations, universities and research centres, government authorities and institutions in the field of information and communication, science, culture and education, including prominent Russian and foreign experts in the field of philosophy, cultural anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, linguistics, management, international relations, communication, information technology, information security, teacher training, librarianship, museum and archiving, creative industries, diplomats, journalists.
The conference was aimed to contribute to the advancement of international and national policies in the field of information and knowledge society building and relevant recommendations; to reducing the gap between the pace of development in the field of information, communication and related technologies, and the ability of science and society to comprehend the changing reality and, accordingly, to influence the vector and nature of progress.
The key goal was to propel the discussions and recommendations of the three previous international conferences on that topic to a new level reviewing the following phenomena and problems in the context of new geopolitical realities:
The conference open gala in the Ugra Exhibiton and Congress Centre was chaired by Evgeny KUZMIN, Vice-Chair of the IFAP Intergovernmental Council & UNESCO/IFAP Working Group on Multilingualism in Cyberspace, Chair of the Russian UNESCO/IFAP Committee, President of the Interregional Library Cooperation Centre (ILCC). Conference participants were greeted by:
Natalya KOMAROVA thanked Evgeny KUZMIN and the whole UNESCO team led by Dorothy GORDON for trusting Ugra in organising and holding a such a high-level event. “We see ourselves not only as organisers, but also as stakeholders benefitting from the ideas you propose on the sidelines of the conference. I am absolutely sure that we should not stop our joint efforts to explore processes and phenomena based on an integrated interdisciplinary approach,” the Governor noted.
Evgeny KUZMIN emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of the conference gathering politicians, diplomats and scientists working in various fields and allowing them to look at the subject of their study from new unexpected angles. He also noted that the previous three conferences under the same name resulted in organising a number of professional communities around the world for a deep and comprehensive consideration of the challenges of artificial intelligence use, information ethics, information accessibility, media and information literacy and other issues that are IFAP priorities.
Mohammed YONGAWO, in turn, highlighted the importance of education in the face of digital chaos: “The context of information and the way citizens perceive the digital revolution are especially important. Since November 16, 1945, UNESCO has been tasked with achieving peace and education through communication. The more active UNESCO is, the more effectively people cooperate with each other and the more educated we are getting.”
Johanna Rose MAMIAKA noted that UNESCO's activities and information technologies helped to bring education, science and culture to the most remote corners of the world: “We must teach our children in the way we see fit, setting reasonable barriers and restrictions. That iss what freedom is about.”
Anicet Gabriel KOTCHOFA mentioned that the Ugra conference had been gaining momentum, its geographic coverage was expanding, the number of participants and the level of debates were increasing. Speaking about the new challenges of the digital age, ex-Ambassador focused on the need to control information: “The main task of our conference is to accept the challenges that we are facing. Information for everyone is good. However, we have a great responsibility for controlling the information that comes to our children. May quality information flourish to make people happy!”
The conference was held in a hybrid (online/offline) format and included a number of plenary sessions on specific topics:
The conference also contributed to the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Languages by holding a special session on Multilingualism in the Digital World: Present and Future
Plenary sessions were moderated by:
Evgeny KUZMIN (Russian Federation), Dorothy GORDON (Ghana) and Alexei ZABOZLAEV, Deputy Governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Ugra (Russian Federation) summed up the conference work at the closing plenary.
An international working group is currently drafting the conference final document.
Conference opening. Presidium (right to left): Dorothy GORDON, Chair, Intergovernmental Council, UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP); Chair, UNESCO/IFAO Working Group for Media and Information Literacy; Board Member, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (Ghana); Natalia KOMAROVA, Governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Ugra (Russian Federation); Sergey BAKEYKIN, Vice Chair, Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Programme; Executive Director, Interregional Library Cooperation Centre (Russian Federation)
Conference participants at the gala opening
Alexei ZABOZLAEV, Deputy Governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Ugra
Mohamed YONGAWO,Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the Russian Federation
Johanna Rose MAMIAKA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Gabonese Republic to the Russian Federation
Konstantin EMELIN, First Secretary of the Secretariat of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Aniset Gabriel KOTCHOFA, ex-Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to the Russian Federation, High Commissioner for International Relations, Deputy Secretary General, Eurasian Economic Cooperation Organisation
Prabhakar Rao JANDHYALA, Professor, Director, India Centre of Excellence in Information Ethics & Head, Centre for Study of Foreign Languages, University of Hyderabad (India)
Galina MIKHAILOVA, Deputy Director, Department of Information Technologies and Digital Development of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Ugra
Pierre-Emmanuel THOMANN, President, Eurocontinent; Lecturer, University Jean Moulin, Lyon III, France (France)
Maria ROGACHEVA, Director, ZIL Moscow Cultural Centre (Russian Federation)
Vladimir BEBEKH, Director, Astra Media Professional Communications Agency; Publisher, Head, MK-Ugra & MK in Tyumen projects (Russian Federation)
Ekaterina POTAPOVA, Academic Director, Training Centre for Digital Transformation Leaders and Teams, Higher School of Public Administration, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Russian Federation)
Evgeny PASHENTSEV, Professor, Leading Researcher, Institute of International Contemporary Studies, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Coordinator, International Research Group on Threats for International Psychological Security by Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence, and Darya BAZARKINA, Leading Researcher, Department of European Integration Research, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences
Anuradha KANNIGANTI, Researcher, International Foundation for Human Development, Hyderabad (India)
Alexander SHARIKOV, Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Deputy Editor-in Chief, “Communication. Media. Design” Journal (Russian Federation)
Victoria SPODINA, Director, Ob-Ugric Institute of Applied Research and Development (Russian Federation),and Larisa TSULAYA, Head, Division of Digital Transformation and Innovation in Education, Department Education and Science of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Ugra (Russian Federation)
Dmitry SAFIOLLIN, Deputy Director General, Ugra Centre for Civil and Social Initiatives Foundation (Russian Federation)
Svetlana SHTANAKOVA, Director, National Library of the Republic of Altai (Russian Federation), and Ainars KOMAROVSKIS, Board Member, “AK Risinajumi” SIA (Latvia)
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