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IIS took an active part in the work of the Technical committee for standardization of TC 164 “Artificial Intelligence” in 2022

As of the end of 2022, TC 164 embraces 63 organizations, including the Institute of the Information Society.

Thanks to the activities of the committee, 40 standardization documents have already been approved: 26 national and 14 preliminary national standards. Taking into account the previously developed volume, the national fund of standards in the field of AI amounted to 68 documents. The newly approved standards were developed by the Higher School of Economics, the Russian Institute for Standardization, the Scientific and Practical Clinical Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine Technologies of the Moscow Health Department, the National Center for Digital Economy of Lomonosov Moscow State University, the GLONASS/GNSS-Forum Association, the Institute of the Information Society, the Artificial Intelligence Agency, the NNK Consulting company.

54 draft national standards have been developed:

  • At the expense of the federal budget, 46 documents were created (17 unique documents, 7 based on international standards, 22 qualimetric standards with test data sets). The Higher School of Economics, the National Center for Digital Economy of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Institute of the Information Society, Volgograd State University, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University “LETI”, First Moscow State Medical University named after I.M. Sechenov, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography, Artificial Intelligence Agency and NNK Consulting participated in the development of these documents.
  • 8 documents were prepared at the expense of the organizations’ own funds. These organizations are: Yandex, the Higher School of Economics, the National Center for Digital Economy of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Institute for the Development of the Information Society, National Research University ITMO, Omsk State University, NP RUSSOFT, GLONASS/GNSS-Forum Association and Ar Soft.

Russian experts from Lomonosov Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University “LETI”, Volgograd State University, the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of the Information Society took part in the development of 23 draft international standards within the framework of the subcommittee SC42 “Artificial intelligence”.

Draft Roadmaps for standardization of AI in the field of education, transport and healthcare have been prepared. The Perspective Standardization Program in the priority area “Artificial Intelligence” for 2021-2024 has been updated, including the following sections: cross-industry standards, data, information infrastructure, information security, quality, use cases, road transport, air transport, education, healthcare, industry, measurements facilities and construction.

The work was carried out within the framework of the federal project “Artificial Intelligence” and in accordance with the Perspective Standardization Program in the priority area “Artificial Intelligence” for 2021-2024 and the National Standardization Program in the direction “Artificial Intelligence” for 2022.

Let us recall that the Chairman of IIS Board of Directors of Yuri Hohlov acted in TC 164 as the chairman of the subcommittee 02 “Data”, and the head of the IIS Legal Programs Directorate Valentin Padzhev as one of SC2 “Data” key experts.

Source: Report on TC 164 activities in 2022

   

The Institute of the Information Society congratulates colleagues and partners on the upcoming 2023

Dear colleagues, partners, and friends!

The IIS team congratulates you on the upcoming 2023 and wishes you new successes, new hopes and achievements in the new year.

Good health, personal happiness and optimism to all!

Fruitful holidays and happy new year to all!

   

The sixth issue of the Information Society journal for 2022 has been published

In her address to readers, the editor-in-chief of the journal Tatiana Ershova wrote:


An outstanding son of the Indian people, a man with the widest range of talents, Rabindranath Tagore said: “Close the door to all errors, and the truth will not be able to enter.” This is a very important idea for us, because our journal, serving science for more than 30 years, is trying in every possible way to help in the search for truth. That is why we keep a large list of topics, do not set geographical restrictions, accept articles in Russian and English, and are always open to scientific discussion. By the way, this has become a rarity in our time, so we welcome polemical articles that have never been published before.

We lived another year, and this year was special: due to political events, our scientists had limited access to prestigious foreign journals, and Russian publications were no longer indexed in leading international bibliographic and abstract databases of peer-reviewed scientific literature. This led to a sharp increase in requests for publication of articles in our journal, which since 2015 has been included in the Russian shelf of the Russian Science Citation Index on the Web of Science platform. With the increase in the flow of articles, the percentage of refusals to publish for quality reasons has increased. In addition, new authors are often careless about the requirements for the design of papers, which has led to a huge loss of editorial time. We now reject all articles whose authors show inconsistency in this matter. This year’s rejection rate was 33%, up 8% from last year.

And now let’s sum up the results of the outgoing year. We published 63 articles that covered all the thematic headings of the magazine except for one single one: “Leaders of the Information Society”. The most popular was “The Information Society and Mass Media” (10 articles); followed by “Education in the Information Society” (9), “Information Society and Law” (7), “Social and Economic Aspects of the Information Society” (6). Headings “Digital Economy”, “Human in the Information Society”, “Culture in the Information Society”, “Information Society Technologies” were collected four articles each. The rest of the headings included from one to three works.

The number of our authors was 111, and most of them naturally represented Russia. There are 65 Muscovites among them; 10 authors from St. Petersburg; four from Perm; from Vladivostok, Kazan, Kemerovo, Novosibirsk and Ulan-Ude – three each; from Omsk and Tyumen – two each; from Vladimir, Irkutsk, Kaluga, Nizhny Novgorod, Petrozavodsk and Tver – just one each. 6 authors represented Baku (Azerbaijan) and one – Samarkand (Uzbekistan). Among the authors were two academicians of the Russian Academy of Education, one corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, 28 doctors of science, 48 candidates of science, 20 specialists without a degree, as well as 7 graduate students and the same number of students who acted as co-authors and independent authors. The academic title of professor bear 18 authors of articles this year, that of associate professor – 25. It is gratifying that among the authors of papers in 2022 there were four members of the Editorial Board of the journal.

On the eve of the new year, on behalf of the entire editorial staff, I would like to thank the authors, reviewers and readers for their cooperation and interest in our journal and wish everyone good health, well-being and success.

   

Yuri Hohlov was awarded a Certificate of Honor from Rosstandart

On December 7, 2022, at the V Extended Meeting of the Technical Committee for Standardization “Artificial Intelligence” (TC 164) within the framework of the 14th International Conference “Intellectualization of Information Processing” (IOI-2022), at the end of the plenary session, the Certificates of Honor of the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) were awarded.

Awards were given to:

  • Chairman of Subcommittee 01 “Artificial Intelligence in Health” (TC 164) Yuri Vasiliev, Director of the Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine of the Moscow Health Department;
  • Chairman of Subcommittee 02 “Data” (TC 164) Yuri Hohlov, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of the Information Society;
  • Head of the Working Group “Artificial Intelligence in Education” (TC 164) Valentin Dzedik, First Vice-Rector of Volgograd State University.

The awards were presented on the basis of the order of the Head of Rosstandart Anton Shalaev dated December 6, 2022 for active participation in the creation of a set of national standards related to AI and the high level of professionalism and responsibility.

Sergei Garbuk, Chairman of the Technical Committee for Standardization “Artificial Intelligence” (TC164), presents the Certificate of Honor of Rosstandart to Yuri Hohlov

   

IIS representatives took part in the expanded meeting of TC 164 “Artificial Intelligence”

On December 7, 2022, an extended meeting of the Technical Committee for Standardization TC 164 “Artificial Intelligence” was held at the site of the Federal Research Center “Informatics and Control” of the Russian Academy of Sciences as part of the 14th International Conference “Intellectualization of Information Processing” (IOI-2022).

The event included plenary and breakout sessions, to which representatives of relevant federal executive authorities, related technical committees for standardization, as well as industry experts were invited. Today, TC 164 unites 63 organizations. As part of its activities, 40 national standards have been developed, and now drafts of new documents are being actively prepared, including those based on international standards.

At the plenary session, the Head of the Department of Innovative Development Institutions of the Department for Strategic Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia Nikita Yakunov made a welcoming speech. Then there was a discussion of the results of the activities of TK164 in 2022 and plans for 2023, roadmaps for AI standards in healthcare and education, in road and air transport, and the Advanced Standardization Program in the priority area “Artificial Intelligence” for 2021-2024. Five papers were presented:

  1. Sergey Garbuk, Chairman of TK164, Director for Research Projects, National Research University Higher School of Economics
    “The main results, tasks and problematic issues of the activities of TK164”
  2. Maria Penkova, executive secretary of TK164
    “On the implementation of TK164 plans for 2022 and plans for 2023”
  3. Anton Vladzimirsky, Deputy Chairman of the Subcommittee PC01 “Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare”, Deputy Director for Research at the Research and Development Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine Technologies of the Moscow Health Department
    “Results of work and plans of SC01”
  4. Yuri Hohlov, Chairman of the subcommittee SC02 “Data”, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Information Society
    “Results of work and plans for SC02” (in Russian)
  5. Valentin Dzedik, head of the working group “Artificial Intelligence in Education” TK164, First Vice-Rector of Volgograd State University
    “On the development of a roadmap for the standardization of artificial intelligence in the field of education”

Further, the ceremony of signing agreements on interaction with related technical committees TK267 “Road-building machines and equipment” and TK371 “Non-destructive testing” took place.

Here is the recording of the plenary session (in Russian, access code: ?ItC+4za).

At the meeting “Cross-sectoral issues of artificial intelligence”, reports were made on topical scientific problems of technology development: standards for working with data, natural language understanding, explainable AI (XAI), fundamental aspects of standardization, AI in the digital industry. After that, a panel discussion was held with representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation, the National Center for the Development of AI under the Government of the Russian Federation, the Codex consortium, the Big Data Association, Okenit JSC. The participants discussed issues of coordination in the development of national standards, expressed their recommendations for improving the effectiveness of cooperation.

The next event was the sectional scientific and methodological meeting “Cross-sectoral issues of standardization of artificial intelligence”, which was held by Subcommittee 02 “Data” (PC02) of the Technical Committee for Standardization “Artificial Intelligence” (TK164). It was held in the form of an extended meeting of SC02 / TK164 and the 14th International Conference “Intellectualization of Information Processing” (IOI-2022).

Representatives of state bodies (Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Ministry of Digital Development of Russia, Rosstandart), industry associations (Alliance in the field of artificial intelligence, Big Data Association; ANO Digital Economy; Committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs on Technical Regulation, Standardization and Conformity Assessment), related technical committees, scientific and educational organizations (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Federal Research Center “Computer Science and Management” of the Russian Academy of Sciences), experts in technical regulation and standardization were invited to participate in the event.

At the meeting, scientific reports were presented on topical issues of the development and use of technologies for working with big data in artificial intelligence systems, as well as the place and role of standards in these processes.

Within the framework of the section, a panel discussion was held in full-time format with the participation of representatives of government bodies, business, industry associations and the scientific and educational community. It featured four scientific presentations:

  1. Konstantin Vorontsov, acting Head of the Department of Mathematical Methods of Forecasting, Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Head of the Laboratory of Machine Learning and Semantic Analysis, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Lomonosov Moscow State University
    “Natural Language Understanding Challenges: Towards Standardization of Markup and Model Estimation” (in Russian)
  2. Mikhail Zabezhailo, Chief Researcher of the Federal Research Center for Informatics and Control of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor of the Moscow University of Physics and Technology
    “On some fundamental aspects of standardization in the field of artificial intelligence” (in Russian)
  3. Alexander Raikov, Leading Researcher, Trapeznikov Institute of Control Problems of RAS, member of the Supervisory Board of the Institute of the Information Society, scientific consultant of the supercomputer center in Jinan (China)
    “Explainable Artificial Intelligence: Aspects of Standardization” (in Russian)
  4. Sergei Golovin, Chairman of TC/MTK 022 “Information Technologies”, Chairman of the Intersectoral Council for IT Standardization of the RSPP Committee on Industrial Policy and Regulation
    “Standardization, digital industry and artificial intelligence” (in Russian)

After that, a panel discussion was held, moderated by Yuri Hohlov. The following took part in the discussion:

  • Svetlana Dmitrieva, Deputy Director of the Production Department, Director for SMART technologies of the Kodeks consortium
  • Alexey Neiman, Executive Director of the Big Data Association.
  • Pavel Elsukov, Project Manager of the Analytical Department of the National Center for the Development of Artificial Intelligence under the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • Sergey Astakhov, Deputy Head of the Department for Research Centers in the Field of Artificial Intelligence, Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • Andrey Petrov, Leading Researcher, OKENIT JSC.
  • Evgeniy Osadchuk, Deputy Director for Federal Projects, Digital Transformation of Industries, ANO Tsifrovaya ekonomika.
  • Andrey Ignatiev, Head of Analytical Department, Center for Global IT Cooperation.
   

The fifth issue of the Information Society journal for 2022 has been published

In a traditional address to readers, editor-in-chief Tatiana Ershova writes:


More and more materials coming to the editors of our journal touch upon the problems of artificial intelligence. This all-pervading phenomenon instills many hopes and fears in its creators – people. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, sees artificial intelligence as a threat to humanity, since the actions of algorithms are not limited by anything. “Artificial intelligence is a case where you need to be far-sighted in matters of regulation, otherwise it may be too late,” he says.

The time has come for a comprehensive understanding of AI. And it seems to me that this should start with natural intelligence in the context of a rapidly digitalizing world. I immediately thought of Schopenhauer. What did he say about intelligence? “Ordinary people only think about spending time; those who have any talent, they want to use this time. – If one-track minds are so prone to boredom, it is because their intellect serves only as an intermediary of motives for their will. If, however, there is no food for the perceiving ability in any motives, then the will remains at rest and the intellect in idleness: both are equally incapable of self-activity. (A. Schopenhauer. Complete Works. Vol. III (1910).

I think this reasoning applies to artificial intelligence as well. Ordinary people are unlikely to get confused about it. Another thing is people who are “talented” or simply charged with some kind of serious energy. These are the ones Elon Musk cares about: “I’m more scared that AI will fulfill the desires of people who put their intentions into the algorithm, but they don’t always turn out to be good.” Be that as it may, the topic of AI is extremely interesting for us, and we strongly welcome articles covering various aspects of it. For example, in this issue of the journal we publish two articles on AI technologies – one of them is devoted to their use in the field of education, the other – in the field of astronomy.

But in general, today’s issue is a real benefit performance of the Editorial Board of our journal, because articles here are written (either alone or in collaboration) by four of our respected comrades: professors Konstantin Kolin, Alexander Bogdanov, Elena Vartanova and Alexander Raikov. This makes the issue exclusive and sets the highest quality standards.

The authors of the issue represent such regions of Russia as Moscow (13), St. Petersburg (5), Perm (2), Tyumen (2), Kaluga (1). Among the authors there is also a resident of Samarkand (Uzbekistan). Present here is an academician of the Russian Academy of Education, an academician of the International Academy of Education, an academician and corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. 13 authors of the articles have the degree of doctor of science, 8 – candidate of science. 8 authors have the academic title of professor and 8 – associate professor. Among the authors of the articles there are also two graduate students, two masters and one student who prepared their papers either as part of a team or under the guidance of experienced scientists and researchers.

Today’s articles are divided into 8 thematic headings. The largest number of articles is concentrated in the headings “Education in the Information Society” and “Information Society and Mass Media”.


All content of the issue is available on the journal’s digital platform.

   

Congratulations to Alexander Elizarov on being awarded the title of Honored Worker of Science of Russia!

By Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 713 dated October 7, 2022, for the achieved labor successes and many years of conscientious work, the honorary title “Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation” was awarded to Alexander Elizarov – Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor of the Institute of Information Technologies and Intelligent Systems of the Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education education “Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University”, Republic of Tatarstan.

A.M. Elizarov stood at the origins of the creation of our institute: in September 1998 he became one of its founders and all these years he headed the Directorate of Educational Programs.

We sincerely congratulate our colleague and close friend on being awarded the high title and wish you good health and further achievements in science and teaching!

   

Yuri Hohlov moderated the session at the 5th Russian Intersectoral Summit “Industry 4.0. Digital Factory” 2022

On September 14, 2022, Moscow hosted the V Russian Intersectoral Summit “Industry 4.0. Digital Plant”, which was attended by more than 150 representatives of large industrial companies in Russia. The event was officially supported by the Department of Investment and Industrial Policy of the City of Moscow, Sintez-OKA, Moscow Engineering Enterprise named after V.V. Chernyshev, Gazprom Design, Russian Union of Chemists.

Among the participants there were representatives of such industry companies as Gazprom Neft, Sintez-OKA, Silvamo Corporation Rus, BIOCAD, Kovrov Electromechanical Plant, Russian Helicopters, Research and production enterprise “Istok” named after ShokinShokin, Gazpromneft-Supply, Technodinamika, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus, Knauf, United Aircraft Corporation, Research and Production Association “Energomash”, Bashneft – Ufimsky refinery plant, Irkut Corporation, KamAZ, Gazpromneft-Vostok, Chetra, Tulazheldormash, Rusagro Group of Companies and others, as well as representatives scientific and design institutes, government agencies and the expert community.

The business program of the Summit began with the strategic Congress “Digital Transformation of Industry”.

After that, an expert discussion took place, where the experts touched upon such topical issues as import substitution in IT and modern approaches to the digitalization of industrial enterprises/ They also discussed the problems that arise during the implementation of digital solutions.

Further, the business program was divided into 2 parallel sessions.

In Session 1.1 “Industrial Internet of Things and Robotics” (Sponsors of the session – LLC “Meridian”, RRC), reports were presented on:

  • the use of digital technologies and digital transformation tools in an industrial enterprise
  • implementation of digital projects in the conditions of partial exit of European manufacturers and incomplete readiness of Russian manufacturers for this
  • digital twins of a real estate
  • robotization of PJSC “KamAZ”
  • application of hydraulic robotics in industry
  • the use of digital technologies and services for the shipment of equipment.

Session 1.2 “Big Data and Cloud Computing” was moderated by Yuri Hohlov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Information Society.

Yuri Hohlov — moderator of Session 1.2 “Big Data and Cloud Computing”

The reports of the session were devoted to:

  • the importance of integrated data management in the digital transformation of enterprises in the real sector
  • GreenMDC solutions for creating EDGE data centers
  • data-centric enterprise with CLOUD
  • the capabilities of the industrial analytical platform based on Arenadata
  • qualitative renewal of production based on digitalization.

The summit continued with Session 2 “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. VR/AR Technologies in Production” (Session Sponsor – SimbirSoft) and Session 3 “BPM: Business Process Optimization, Benefits of Implementation.”

In parallel with the business program of the summit, there was a Focus-exhibition, which presented the stands of such companies as Meridian, RRC, Radio Engineering Systems (Skolkovo residents), NAUKA, GreenMDC, Nord Klan, Biplane24, Biltech Group, Tesla Smart, OCS Distribution , TRASSIR, SimbirSoft, Process technologies.

The guests of the summit appreciated the high level of the event organization, the richness and relevance of the business program, as well as the practical orientation of the reports.

Source: Post-release from ENSO, summit organizer

   

IIS at the Eastern Economic Forum

From September 5 to 8, 2022, Vladivostok hosted the VII Eastern Economic Forum, designed to promote the accelerated development of the economy of the Far East and the expansion of international cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

In his welcoming address to the guests of the event, President of Russia Vladimir Putin noted: “The Forum makes a significant contribution to building business ties between Russia and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Already, there is a tendency for the Asia-Pacific region to become the center of world economic activity, along with the gradual extinction of industrial centers in Europe and the United States.”

Summing up the results of the forum, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev said: “First of all, the VII Eastern Economic Forum, like the previous one, is a step forward in the development of the Far East. <…> More than 290 agreements were signed at the forum for a total of 3.27 trillion rubles – this is a record. But it’s not only that. The forum was created as a platform for dialogue with business, receiving feedback from entrepreneurs and society on the most pressing issues of the development of the Far East. This year, more than a hundred events were held within the framework of the forum, their main results were reported to the President. Most of the decisions made at the end of the sessions were supported by him, which means that there are all prerequisites for the Far East to develop faster.”

WEF-2022 confirmed that there are enough countries in the world that continue to increase business ties with Russia. The Forum was attended by over 7,000 participants and media representatives from 68 countries and territories, including about 1,700 business representatives from 700 companies. The most numerous were the delegations of China, Myanmar, Mongolia, India, Armenia and the Republic of Korea. For the first time, representatives of Algeria, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, the Donetsk People’s Republic, Ghana, Liberia, Uganda and Zambia took part in the Forum.

More than 50 Russian officials took part in the work of the Forum: members of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General, heads of ministries and departments, heads of Russian regions. Also, 15 foreign high-ranking officials and 11 heads of the diplomatic corps participated in the forum events.

The main theme of the forum, “On the Path to a Multipolar World,” is closely linked to the state’s foreign policy agenda. For four days at the WEF venues, experts, politicians and businessmen discussed the consequences of the shift in the center of economic development and forces towards the Asia-Pacific region, as well as Russia’s potential.

More than 100 events took place within the framework of the main program. Also, more than 70 events in the format of sessions, business dialogues and round tables were organized at thematic sites. More than 750 speakers and moderators took part in their work. The discussions of the business program were held on six tracks, where issues of the economy, banking, the logistics market, international relations, the development of education, healthcare and patriotic education were discussed.

WEF-2022 was attended by representatives of the Friends for Leadership international community of leaders and entrepreneurs from more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Participants held their own project sessions and high-level meetings.

The theme of the 11th APEC International Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education, held on September 6, was “Prospects for Global Education in a Post-Pandemic World.”

Within the framework of the conference, a session reports “AI technologies: international development trends” was held, which was moderated by Andrey Neznamov, Managing Director – Head of the AI ​​Regulation Center of Sber, and Roman Igorevich Dremlyuga, Deputy Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Technologies for the Development of the Far Eastern Federal University.

During the session, presentations on various aspects of AI regulation were made by:

  • Vladimir Nelyub, director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Technologies, Bauman Moscow State Technical University
  • Sergei Garbuk, chairman of TC164, director for Research Projects, National Research University Higher School of Economics; deputy general director – Head of the Information Research Department of the Advanced Research Foundation; deputy general director of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Research Institute for Standardization and Unification” of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia; head of the Information Technology Center of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Central Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics named after D.I. Mendeleev”
  • Yuri Hohlov, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Information Society
  • Olga Miroshnichenko, deputy director for development of the Law School, Head of the Department of Theory and History of State and Law
  • Il’dar Begishev, chief researcher, professor of the Department of Criminal Law and Procedure, Kazan Innovation University named after V.G. Timiryasov
  • Andrey Ignatiev, head of the analytical direction of the Center for Global IT Cooperation; Research Fellow, Center for AI, MGIMO; OECD expert, ISO/IEC JTC1/ SC 42, member of the AI ​​Ethics Committee under the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO
Yuri Hohlov remotely delivers a report at the session “AI technologies: international development trends” within the framework of the XI International APEC Conference on Higher Education

Detailed information about the forum can be found on its official website.

   

The Institute of the Information Society celebrates its 24th anniversary

On September 7, 2022, the Institute of the Information Society celebrated its 24th anniversary.

The area of ​​professional activity of IIS is research, analytics and consulting, legislative, publishing and educational activities on a wide range of problems of information society and knowledge economy, as well as R&D and system integration in the field of creating modern information technologies, including design and implementation of different ICT solutions from the infrastructure level to the level of applied expert systems.

The institute’s customers are federal and regional authorities, federal scientific foundations, large commercial companies, state unitary enterprises, state institutions, universities, research institutes (including the RAS systems), non-profit organizations, international organizations.

The IIS achievements list includes a number of major projects: conceptual and methodological documents of national and international significance; projects for the development, implementation and examination of projects related to the electronic development of Russian regions; analytical reports on the readiness of Russia and its regions for the information society, which have been published regularly since 2001.

In total, the Institute has held more than a hundred events at the regional, national and international levels, published over 30 books on a range of problems of the information society.

Since 1999, the Institute, together with the Russian Engineering Academy, has been the publisher of the scientific and analytical journal “Information Society”, the only publication in Russia that comprehensively and systematically covers the problems of the information society development. In 2010, the journal was included in the List of leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and publications, approved by the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, and in 2015 it confirmed its status. Also, since 2015, the journal has been included in the Russian Science Citation Index on the Web of Science platform.

Leading experts of the institute have participated in the implementation of a number of initiatives promoting the use of ICT for comprehensive development in Russia, in particular: Public Expert Council of the Moscow City Duma in the direction of “Information, Informatization, Communications, Telecommunications and Television” (1998-2001), then transformed into the Public Expert Council of the Moscow City Duma on the Development of the Information Society (2002-2006); Council under the President of Russia for the Development of the Information Society (2009-2012); expert council under the Government of the Russian Federation (2014-2018); Council for Digital Transformation of ANO “Digital Economy”; the working groups of ANO “Digital Economy” on digital governance and artificial intelligence; subcommittee “Data” (PC 02) as part of the Technical Committee for Standardization “Artificial Intelligence” (TC 164) on the basis of RVC, etc.

Institute leaders at the highest expert level participated in international initiatives, including The Global Bangemann Challenge (1998-1999), then converted to the Stockholm Challenge (2000-2010); Global Junior Challenge (1999-2009); The Digital Opportunity Task Force (DOT Force) (2000-2001); UN ICT Task Force (2002-2005); Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) (2006-2012); Expert Council “The Future of Government” of the World Economic Forum (2008-2012); WSIS Action Line C7 e-Government of the action plan for the implementation of the decisions of the World Summit on the Information Society (2012-2017); Working Group on the Measurement and Evaluation Tool for E-Participation Readiness (METEP), formed by the Division of Governance and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2013-2015), etc.

The Institute today employs people of various specialties, ages and nationalities. They constitute a powerful intellectual and creative union of like-minded people, thanks to which the Institute was able to overcome all difficulties and become a recognized “expert of the first choice”, an independent leader of Russia in the development of the information society. We congratulate all IIS employees and partners on the 24th anniversary of the company and wish you all good health, good mood and enduring faith in success!