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Moscow’s digital ecosystem was awarded with Runet prize

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Projects of the Moscow Government received the Runet Prize in five nominations at once, in particular in “State and Society”, “Creative Industries”, “Development of Domestic Tourism” nominations and others. Among the laureates are the digital ecosystem of Moscow, the service of short-term rent of urban spaces “Together with Culture”, the Russpass tourist service and the portal. More than a thousand applications were submitted for the contest.

This year the Moscow digital ecosystem celebrated its 10th anniversary — in 2011 was launched the first e-service. And now more than 380 useful digital services help residents in their daily life. The portal of the Mayor and the Moscow Government, the Electronic House and Our City platforms, useful mobile applications — each city project is designed to make it as easy as possible for Muscovites to solve everyday problems and free up time for what is really important to them.

With digitalization a fundamentally new standard of quality of life in the metropolis was set. Moscow became more human-centered, and former bureaucratic apparatus turned into user-friendly 24/7 service.

In 2021, the Runet Prize was awarded in six main nominations, such as State and society, Media and mass communications, Education and personnel, Economy and business, Science, technology and innovation, Health and healthcare, and in seven special nominations. Among them are “Development of domestic tourism”, “Cultural projects in the network”, “Gaming industry and eSports”, “Creative industries”.

State and Society nomination

The winner of the award in the category “State and Society” was the project “Digital Ecosystem of Moscow. City as a Service”.  Any technology is introduced in Moscow not for the sake of the technology itself, but in order to make life in the metropolis as comfortable as possible. Every citizen is at the center of digital transformation.

Moscow was the first in Russia to start providing government services online. At this stage, the Moscow digital ecosystem includes more than 10 online resources that solve various issues, and over 380 electronic services. With their help, Muscovites can make an appointment with a doctor or for a vaccination, enroll a child in a creative circle or a sports club, apply for a business subsidy. 14.4 million people are registered on the city portal, from where online services are provided.

Unnecessary visits to institutions, receipt and transfer of paper certificates are in the past: they are replaced by a few clicks. Since 2011, electronic services in Moscow were used more than two billion times. And their demand is growing every year: if in 2011 residents applied for electronic services only 57 thousand times, then by the end of 2020 this figure exceeded 400 million. Almost any household issue can be resolved online.

The digital ecosystem of Moscow is a complex of technological solutions, forming a single online environment with useful tools for every Muscovite. For example, a Mos ID account gives access to more than 150 resources — portals and mobile applications, including not only city sites but also popular private ones. Thanks to the development of digital interagency interaction, authorities receive almost all the necessary information from each other in electronic form, which saves citizens from the need to provide them and significantly saves time.

Development of Domestic Tourism nomination

Moscow projects Russpass and were jointly awarded in the special nomination “Development of Domestic Tourism”.

The Russpass travel service was created at the initiative of the Moscow Government. To develop the project Moscow government cooperates with all regions of the country. The service began operating in the summer of 2020, and has since been used by 1.4 million people. Using the Russpass, one can plan an individual route in Russia, purchase ready-made tours, plane, train or museum tickets, and book a table in a restaurant. Today the service brings together more than 3.5 thousand offers for travelers. Last autumn Russpass presented a mobile application. It is available in three languages: Russian, English and Spanish.

All the basic information for travelers is accumulated by the official travel portal of Moscow Here you can find data on hundreds of attractions: old manors, cultural sites, museums and monuments. There you can also find a section with online excursions and virtual walks around the city, get acquainted with the gastronomic points of Moscow.

Creative Industries nomination

In the nomination “Creative Industries” Moscow service of short-term rental of urban spaces “Together with culture” won the Runet award. Since February of this year, Muscovites have the opportunity to rent premises in a library, museum or House of Culture in order to hold their event there — an exhibition, performance, or lecture. Now the service has more than 530 premises. In addition, the user can order the necessary equipment or request organizational assistance.

Other Moscow projects — laureates

Two more digital projects of the Moscow Government became laureates in 2021 — the use of computer vision in medicine, as well as virtual laboratories and the Moscow Electronic School (MES) progress report mobile application.

The Runet Prize is a prestigious national award in the field of information technology and electronic communications. This year it was awarded for the 18th time. For all the time, more than 360 organizations received this prize.

Moscow virtual map: updated city panoramas

Map section of the portal updated Moscow virtual panoramas.  New 3D photos were added to the selection, and for the easiness of users a toolbar was developed, which provides new opportunities for maps and images using. Now you can find out the exact date of the last panorama shooting of a particular street and measure the distance to the required object.

The interactive map on is part of the Moscow Digital Twin system. In the past year, almost 1.5 million images were added to it, and there are already more than 11.4 million of them. For the first time, users have the opportunity to measure the distance from one object to another directly in the photo. The functionality also allows you to trace through archive footage how the city’s appearance changed. To date, this is the most detailed map of Moscow with panoramic photographs.

To use the Panorama function, go to the Map section of the portal. In the upper right corner, you click on a special icon. You can move around the map by clicking on the desired point (at the bottom of the screen) or with 360 degrees panorama scrolling.

A new toolbar that helps the user to work with panoramic images is located at the bottom of the screen. It has eight icons: Object Info, Length, Distance to Line, Vertical Distance, Polyline Length, Area, Plane, and Dual Screen mode. By clicking on each of them, you can get additional on the Moscow region and the panorama objects.

“Specialists shoot panoramas once or twice a year. Thanks to this, the map remains relevant. Information on it can be searched by thematic sections, for example, such as “My District”, “Repair and Reconstruction”, “Landscaping”,” Eduard Lysenko, the Minister of the Moscow Government, head of the Moscow Department of Information Technologies, noted.

Thanks to the options in the toolbar, all panoramas are now interactive. Now you can also measure the area of buildings and any other structures. And by clicking on the “Objects information” button, it is easy to find out the address of the building or land plot and other data from the database of the Property Inventory and Registration Authority.

A tool “Dual Screen mode” allows you to display two panoramic pictures at the same time, taken from approximately the same point, but in different years. You can see how Moscow changed over the past time. In addition, the shooting date is now added to every panorama photo.

An interactive map on the portal is useful Moscow service that helps you easily navigate the city. The map shows Moscow in great detail: with its help, you can find any organization, the nearest bike rental or city Wi-Fi access point, as well as get information on the planned changes in neighboring and much more.

The panoramic car with four cameras on the roof is used for shooting in most cases. The car moves through the streets, and every 20-30 meters, all four cameras simultaneously take pictures. When there is no access by car, a manual photo session is done. Every month the service is used by an average of 35 thousand people.

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Satya Nadella Says AI Golden Age Is Here and ‘It’s Good for Humanity’

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The cutting-edge chatbot ChatGPT is capturing the world’s imagination. The new artificial intelligence site amassed 1 million users in just five days after its recent launch. It is but one of a dozen AI-driven so-called “killer apps” that will transform human productivity and the future of work.

ChatGPT answers complex questions via short prompts on a vast array of topics, and even writes lyrics and poetry. Underpinned by generative models such as GPT-3 and GPT-3.5, it is the most conspicuous example of technology dubbed generative AI.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft Chairman and CEO, in a session at the Annual Meeting, told Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, that a golden age of AI is under way and will redefine work as we know it.

“The future of work is not just about technology and tools,” he said. It’s about new management practices and sensibilities to the workplace.”

“Technology will provide more and more ways to bring people together,” he said. Public-private cooperation itself is moving virtual. The Forum’s Global Collaboration Village, for example, harnesses the power of the metaverse as a platform for collaborative, inclusive and effective international action.

“Microsoft is opening up access to new AI tools like ChatGPT,” said Nadella. “I see these technologies acting as a co-pilot, helping people do more with less.”

He provided two anecdotes of recent use cases of GPT technology. The first is an expert coder from Silicon Valley who improved their productivity by 80% by using the model to help write better code faster. The second was an Indian farmer who was able to use a GPT interface to access an opaque government programme via the internet, despite only speaking a local dialect.

“AI is just at the beginning of the S-curve,” said Nadella. The near-term and long-term opportunities are enormous, he added.

Looking ahead, he said Microsoft intends to lead on quantum computing. Microsoft has all the building blocks for a next-generation quantum computer. He said: “Microsoft will achieve quantum supremacy and aims to build a general-purpose quantum computer.”

On safety and security, Nadella said the operating principle for protecting critical infrastructure should be to assume the worst – “have zero trust”. “Safety and security needs to be included right at the design stage,” he said.

Sustainability is at the core of the business. “By 2050 Microsoft aims to not just be carbon-neutral but carbon-negative.” Last year the tech giant released “Cloud for Sustainability”, bringing together a growing set of environmental, social and governance (ESG) capabilities across the Microsoft cloud portfolio plus solutions from the firm’s global ecosystem.

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Cybercrime Initiative to Boost Coordination between Private Sector and Law Enforcement

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In an effort to tackle rising cybercrime levels, the World Economic Forum launched today at the Annual Meeting 2023 an initiative to map cybercriminal activities and identify joint public and private sector responses.

Building on the expertise of the Forum’s Partnership against Cybercrime, the Cybercrime Atlas initiative will provide a platform for leading cybercrime investigators, national and international law enforcement agencies, and global businesses to share knowledge, generate policy recommendations and identify opportunities for coordinated action to fight cyberthreats.

“The Cybercrime Atlas is a collaborative research initiative that gathers and collates information about the cybercriminal ecosystem and major threat actors operating today,” said Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum. “The insights generated will help promote opportunities for greater cooperation between the private sector and law enforcement to address cybercrime.”

Cybercrime, such as the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline in May 2021 that caused US President Joe Biden to declare a state of emergency, is a threat to national security, public organizations and businesses of all sizes. Despite the amount of digital data collected on cybercriminal activities worldwide, the effort to fight it is often uncoordinated, disjointed and dispersed. The Cybercrime Atlas aims to map the cybercrime landscape, covering criminal operations, structures and networks.

First announced at San Francisco’s RSA Conference in June 2022, the Cybercrime Atlas has benefited from a year of pro bono analysis of 13 criminal groups by cybercrime investigators. Their approach and findings have been welcomed by law enforcement agencies.

“This initiative underlines the need for an enhanced multi-sector approach to combat the increasing cybercrime threat,” said Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). “A global solution must include private sector insights to enable law enforcement to prevent, detect, investigate and disrupt cybercrime.”

The secretariat for the Cybercrime Atlas initiative will be hosted by the World Economic Forum for the next 2-3 years, with the support of Fortinet, Microsoft, PayPal and Santander, until it is sufficiently established to become an independent platform.

“The Cybercrime Atlas is an important initiative that will aid industry, law enforcement, and government agencies by providing a first-of-its-kind visibility to disrupt cybercriminals across their ecosystem and infrastructure,” said Ken Xie, Chief Executive Officer, Fortinet. “A global and unified effort will make it easier to get beyond the obstacles that shield cybercriminals.”

The Forum’s Partnership against Cybercrime initiative brings together a dedicated community to drive momentum for a public-private partnership to combat cybercrime.

“Cybercriminals work in the shadows and exploit vulnerabilities to inflict devastating attacks. The Cybercrime Atlas provides an important forum that brings the public and private sectors together to share actionable information and leverage cross-sector data, capabilities and expertise, crucial to disrupting cybercrime quickly, and at scale,” said Brad Smith, Vice-Chair and President, Microsoft.

“To mitigate and disrupt global cybercrime in today’s interconnected world, we need robust platforms to share intelligence and facilitate more meaningful institutional collaboration,” added Assaf Keren, Chief Information Security Officer and Vice-President, Enterprise Cyber Security, PayPal. “The Cybercrime Atlas represents a key next step in this work and an opportunity to unite global businesses, law enforcement and experts around concrete opportunities to protect the world’s citizens and their safety.”

“Given the global nature of cyberthreats, increasingly public-private collaboration is the best way to combat cybercrime,” said Dirk Marzluf, Group Chief Operating and Technology Officer, Banco Santander. “Organizations must look beyond their perimeter and combine efforts and resources with businesses, law enforcement and government.”

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Landmark Reports on Future of Metaverse Focus on Interoperability and Value Creation

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The Defining and Building the Metaverse initiative, launched by the World Economic Forum in May 2022, has released initial findings in two briefing papers – the first research of its kind on the metaverse. The initiative combines the expertise of more than 150 individuals in diverse sectors from the public and private sectors to understand and guide the future of the metaverse to become safe, interoperable and inclusive.

The governance briefing paper, Interoperability in the Metaverse, emphasizes the importance of removing friction for users. Interoperability is one strategy for allowing users to move across and between the physical and digital world with their relevant data, digital assets and identities. It can facilitate the free circulation of data and the secure exchange of information across systems.

The value creation report, Demystifying the Consumer Metaverse, focuses on consumer applications, foundational technologies and potential pathways to economic value and growth. The metaverse will require a diverse range of organizations to redefine their brands and change the way they monetize products and services to generate consumer value. The immersive, interactive nature of the metaverse will require businesses to move further away from the one-way delivery of products and services to becoming metaverse participants and providers. As consumer organizations experiment and incubate new business models for the metaverse, their work can inspire others and demonstrate the possibility of change in other industries.

The metaverse – an immersive, interoperable and synchronous digital world – represents the next era in the internet’s development. While its precise definition is still being debated, the metaverse is already forecast to become an $800 billion market in 2024. Unlocking the potential of this new field requires coordination of technology developers, corporations, governments and civil society. The World Economic Forum has convened experts from a broad range of fields to focus on two workstreams related to the future of the metaverse: governance and value creation.

Future workstreams will focus on two additional governance-related themes: privacy, safety and security; and identity. The value-creation track will issue additional outputs focused on other industries and the social implications of the metaverse.

“The metaverse is the next version of the internet and it is critical that it’s built by all, and for all. These two outputs reflect premier work on the metaverse involving such an extensive set of stakeholders and leaders, demonstrating the unique value of public-private partnership in metaverse development,” said Cathy Li, Head of Media, Entertainment and Sport, World Economic Forum.

Huda Al Hashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, said: “Making the most of the metaverse will require governments to be proactive in understanding both the opportunities and the challenges that a persistent and interconnected virtual environment offers. This will also require developing new capabilities and importantly a different approach to regulation, informed by agile principles. This briefing paper clearly lays out a framework that can help governments gain a better understanding of the opportunity presented by the metaverse and makes a strong case for investing now in creating the conditions that will allow to generate public value from it, whilst protecting the public.”

Peggy Johnson, CEO of Magic Leap, Inc., said: “At Magic Leap, what excites us about augmented reality is the two-way bridge it creates between our digital and physical worlds, taking information from 2D screens into 3D spaces, where it is far more intuitive and engaging. We’re at a pivotal moment for this technology, and it is critical that we have a shared set of principles that support further innovation, ensure accessibility and promote interoperability between platforms.”

Yat Siu, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Animoca Brands, said: “The metaverse initiative is focusing on highly relevant topics to the metaverse, like interoperability – which is fundamental to digital assets. How do we ensure true ownership of assets? How do we improve the frameworks from those used in Web2.0? These are the complicated issues this initiative is taking on and finding answers to.”

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