3.8. Data for Everything: in Search of Balance of Interests

Friday, May 18
13:30 - 15:30

Hall #7, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Digital technologies offer endless opportunities for data collection and analysis and this new reality brings about new business and legal challenges that have not been studied before. How do you find a middle course between company interests, user rights and demands for innovation development? What is regulatory specifics in this sector and what should legislators pay attention to?

Restricting data access and transfer hurts innovations based on Big Data processing. Where does the solution lie, and can we speak about the principle of equal access to the open data on the Internet? Where is the boundary between personal data, private life and public information? Session participants will discuss industry-specific cases in the areas of traffic management, public security, medical check-ups and research.

Information generated without participation of a person will shortly become more valuable due to the Internet of Things (smart homes), driverless cars and smart manufacturing. How to regulate industrial data as a crucial resource? Who owns industrial data: equipment manufacturer, integrator (platform), client or society? An important issue is balance of interest of industrial data beneficiaries and users: manufacturers, owners, independent service providers and the state. Finally, smart cities are another relevant topic today: how should the data be collected and how should information flows be designed?


Elena Avakyan

Executive Director, Non-Profit Partnership "For Advancement of Corporate Law"


Being an expert in legal regulation of digital economy, Legal Tech and financial law, Helen is on all taskforces for each stream of the governmental program for Digital Economy with the Skolkovo competence centers, and also serves as an expert of the Advisory Board for Improvement of the Financial Market and Banking Sector Regulation, and the Expert Board for Digital Economy and Blockchain Technologies with the State Duma.

Earlier in her career, Helen provided expert assistance to the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, the Russian Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the State Duma’s Committee on Credit Organizations and Financial Markets, and the Committee on the Financial Markets and Currency Circulation with the Council of the Federation. She also acted as the expert for the State Duma’s Committee on Property.

While she served as the Head of the Department of Control and Analysis with the Supreme Arbitrazh (Commercial) Court of Russia, Helen was the key person in charge of the ambitious project of increasing the transparency and robustness of justice in Russia through the introduction of the Electronic Justice IT system. Thanks to her dedicated work this tool became commonly used by courts and the legal community.

Helen Avakyan is an Active State Counsellor of the Russian Federation, 2nd class. She was awarded the Russian Judicial System honorable charter and is commended by the Court of Intellectual Rights.

She graduated cum laude from the Saint Petersburg State University Law School.


Igor Drozdov

Chairman of the Executive Board, Skolkovo Foundation

Christopher Kuner

Co-chair, Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Anna Moshe

Senior Partner, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz

Andrey Neznamov

Counsel, Dentons Europe

Dmitriy Petrov

Head of Government Relations, MegaFon

Anton Pushkov

Managing Partner, IP Center Skolkovo

Alexander Savelyev

Associate Professor - Senior Research Fellow, National Research University Higher School of Economics

* The Programme may be subject to change