News from the Simmer Campus
Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov met the participants of the Summer Campus "Territory of Opportunities" on July 20.
In the course of the lecture, the expert told about the target program on the development of information technologies till 2018. The key points of the strategy include modernization of the system of electronic public services, IT-sphere, media and post, as well as improvement of the communications’ quality. The Minister remarked that by 2018, 70% of the population are to have access to electronic public services, by 2015, the "one window" project must be 90% implemented.
Nikolai Nikiforov stressed, "Information technologies are the main driver of this reform." He also emphasized the necessity to eliminate digital inequality, to expend the penetration of LTE networks and to provide all major Russian transportation junctions with qualitative communications.
Within the framework of the lecture, the Minister outlined the importance of creating conditions for intensifying development and support of the IT industry. Nikolai Nikiforov said, "IT is a perspective point for strengthening the national economy. We want the industry growth to be three times higher than the GDP growth rate and to have twice as many specialists working in the sector." The expert believes that nowadays, Runet offers great opportunities for the youth start-ups. As an example, the expert cited statistics of the largest Russian Internet resources: capitalization of the "Yandex" amounted to 10 billion dollars, Mail.Ru Group - 8 billion dollars.
After the expert lecture, there was a question/answer section, in the course of which the Campus participants had a unique opportunity to hear the speaker’s opinion on a number of pressing issues. The students were interested in the development prospects of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Russian Post", such as transfer to the demutualization mechanism, or a possibility to hand over the company to private management, forming specialized platforms for electronic discussion of laws and interactive elections. The Minister told about the existence of such platform for gathering and prioritizing proposals – the resource "Russian Public Initiative", which gives a legally fixed opportunity to file a petition. The expert also commented on the issues of providing the Far East regions with fibre-optic networking, internet fraud, orientation of other authorities on the information technologies development, creation of a personalization system for each electronic service, etc.
On July 20, the Summer Campus participants also visited Kazan - the capital of the host country. Within the framework of the sightseeing tour, the students saw the sights of the historical city centre: the Kazan Kreml, the orthodox Annunciation Cathedral, main mosque of the Republic of Tatarstan Kul Sharif. The students also enjoyed the sights of the Island-city of Sviyazhsk.
The information partner of the Summer Campus "Territory of Opportunities" is "Ekonomicheskaya gazeta" publishing house.