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4.5. Information Security in the Digital Environment: Limits of Big Data Use

May 19
Hall #1

Track: 4. Smart Society


The unique technology of processing massive amounts of unstructured data, the so-called “big data”, challenge our longstanding beliefs about public safety, privacy, moral, ethics, legal relationships between citizens, business and government. The widespread use of big data in the near future could lead to an unprecedented level of transparency in all of our lives, actions and deeds. So, there is an activated discussion regarding risks and problems we need to designate and solve today to prevent the negative impact of the use of big data in the future.

In modern states that have advanced “digital economy” businesses try to protect the integrity of the information and at the same time to ensure access to it. Now a new trend in regulation of information technologies in foreign countries is based precisely on finding a balance between protecting the privacy of individuals and communications and ensuring the right to freedom to seek, disseminate and use information, both of which are fundamental.

Traditional laws on personal data regulate any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (data subject). Therefore, these laws do not apply to unstructured and depersonalized information. Holders of such information (Internet and telecom companies) usually do not take consent of citizens in order to process and transfer such information, and they thereby do not violate rules on personal data protection.

The following questions are going to be discussed at the round table:

  • Is big data needed to be protected in order to guarantee privacy, public and private interests? Do we need new regulation of big data, or current rules on privacy and personal data are sufficient for these aims?
  • Owners and analyzers of big data - is a special regulation of their activities needed, do we need to establish control over their activities and responsibilities? Legal problems regarding enrichment, disposal and reuse of big data. Ability to sell “raw” data for the purposes of the analysis of big data.
  • The legal consequences of potential discrimination of individuals on the basis of the analysis of unrelated data. New understanding of confidentiality and protection of privacy in connection with the use of big data analysis.
  • Self-regulation vs. regulation of big data.


Anna Serebryanikova

Chief Legal and GR Officer, MegaFon


Education, academic degree

In 1998, Anna Serebryanikova graduated with honors from the Law School of the Moscow State University. In 2000, she got the Master of Law degree in the Manchester University (LLM with distinction).

Professional experience

1995 - 1997 Anna Serebryanikova – Contracts Specialist, Arthur Andersen;

1998 - 2004 – senior legal consultant/head of the department in the Non-Profit Foundation for Enterprises Restructuring under the Russian Ministry of Finance;

2003 - 2006 – lawyer in the law firm “J.P.Galmond & Co.”;

From 2004 - adviser to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for implementation of its projects in the Russian Federation;

In 2006 – 2007 - Adviser to MegaFon’s CEO for international legal affairs;

From early 2007 she has been a Corporate Secretary of MegaFon and from August 1, 2008 - Chief Legal Officer of MegaFon while keeping the position of Corporate Secretary.

Achievements, rewards

2012 Winner of competition “The best legal department of Russia-2012” in the nomination “Telecommunication companies”;

2012 Winner of National Award of Association of Corporate Lawyers “Success” in the nomination “Achievement of the year”;

2008 & 2012 the Third place in National Award “Director of the year” in the nomination “Director of corporate governance / Corporate Secretary”;

2010-2012 Winner of the Rating “TOP – 1000” of the Russian managers.

Publications, scientific works

“Internet: challenges for legal regulation” Legal Insight - № 7(13) 2012;

“Network neutrality” Legal Insight - № 7(13) 2012.


Yuri Ammosov

Adviser to Director General, The Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation


Yuri Ammosov is a head of a one-year innovations workshop in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, in which students of the Department of Innovation and High Technology develop and commercialize their IT innovation projects (Internet, mobile apps, Big Data, smart devices, 3D printing, robotics). Since 2008, the workshop has resulted in over 50 new projects, some of them later on became successful start-ups.

Since 2012, Yuri Ammosov works in Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation, where he oversees IT and communications, higher education and development institutions, use of Big Data by the state and major state corporations. He led dozens of projects and expert reviews in such areas as Single State Exam vulnerability study, development of a roadmap to cancel “mobile slavery,” innovation policy efficiency study.

Having started as an investment banker in the 1990s, from 1999 on Yuri Ammosov deals exclusively with innovations and cutting-edge technologies, mainly in the IT and telecommunications. He was the director of Venture Capital Division at Nikoil (now Uralsib), vice president for investments and strategy at, technology observer for the Expert magazine, senior policy officer of the Ministry of Economic Development, member of the board of the Russian Venture Company, advisor to the CEO of Ernst & Young CIS. Yuri Ammosov personally participated in the launch and development of 12 IT start-ups and consulted dozens of others.

He is a graduate of the Historical Department, Moscow State University, and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Author of the books Venchurniy kapitalizm: ot istorii do sovrementtosti, 1945-2000 (“Venture Capitalism: From Its Foundation to Modern Times, 1945–2000”, 2005), Ocherki istorii innovatsiy (“Brief History of Innovations”, 2016) as well as several hundreds of published papers and new academic courses (Innovation Theory, History of Innovations, Financial Modelling, Human-Machine Interfaces).

Steve Crown

Vice President - Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft


Education, academic degree:

Steve is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A.), Oxford University (M.A), and Yale University (J.D.) He and his wife Irene have three grown children and live in Seattle.

Professional experience:

Seattle Chamber board chairman Steve Crown is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Human Rights in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs Department. Previously Steve served as VP and DGC supporting Microsoft’s Office Division, as VP and DGC for Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Divisions (including launch of Xbox 360 and Windows Phone) and as the lead lawyer for Microsoft’s Windows Client business.

Before joining Microsoft in 1997 Steve practiced law with a national law firm, served as the International Business Vice President for a company that built out wireless telephone networks in Russia, and established a commercial law practice with special focus on technology transfers and international trade and investment.

Steve has been a member of the Seattle Chamber Board of Trustees since 2006. In October 2013 he co-chaired the Chamber’s Regional Leadership Conference, “Global Cities: Increasing International Engagement & Global Competitiveness.” In addition to his work with the Chamber, Steve serves as president of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and represents Microsoft Corporation on the board of directors of the Global Network Initiative, an international multi-stakeholder organization committed to protecting and advancing freedom of expression and end user privacy on the internet.

Mikhail Dubin

Managing Director on Development and IT Projects Management, USM Advisors LLC


Education, academic degree:

Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Degree in Global Economics. Candidate of Economic Sciences (PhD equivalent), State Academy of Retraining and Further Training for Managers and Investment Experts.

Professional experience:

Since 1997 – woьфкrk in various companies in the area of economics.

Chairman of the board of Peter Service company.

Specialist areas:

IT project investments, telecommunications, Big Data.

Bernd Holznagel

Professor, University of Muenster


Education, academic degree:

LL.M., McGill University, Law School, Montreal, Canada, 1985.

Dr. jur., University of Hamburg, Germany, 1990.

Habil., University of Hamburg, Germany, 1995.

Bernd Holznagel is a professor for Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, European Law and Administrative Sciences at the University of Münster in Germany.

He studied law and sociology in Berlin and passed his first state exam in law in 1984. After postgraduate LL.M.-studies at McGill University (Law School) in Montreal, Canada, he received his Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg (1990) and passed the second state exam in law in 1991. He finished his habilitation at the University of Hamburg (1995). The habilitation (“Broadcasting Law in Europe. The Path to a Common Law in the European Broadcasting System”) won a special award issued by the European Group of Public Law during its Spetses Reunion in 1996.

Holznagel is chairman of the academic advisory council of the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway).

Specialty and professional interests:

His research interests include Public Law and Regulatory Law (Media, Telecommunication, Energy, Data Protection /Security, State Aid Law). In fall 2014, he taught the “European Law” Course at the Law School of Virginia (Charlottesville).

Till Kreutzer

Partner, iRights.Law

Chris Marsden

Professor of Internet and Media Law, University of Sussex


Professor Marsden is a renowned international expert on Internet and new media law, having researched and taught in the field for over twenty years.

He is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sussex since 2013.

He is author of four monographs on Internet law: “Regulating Code” (2013, MIT Press with Dr Ian Brown), “Internet Co-regulation” (2011, Cambridge), “Net neutrality: Towards a Co-Regulatory Solution” (2010, Bloomsbury), “Codifying Cyberspace” (Routledge/Cavendish 2007). He is the author of the “Oxford Bibliography of Internet Law” (2012) and chapters on Internet law in several Handbooks. He is author of many refereed articles, book chapters, professional articles, papers in selected proceedings, keynote addresses, and other scholarly contributions.

Chris researches regulation by code - whether legal, software or social code. Chris is a committed inter-disciplinarian, having published several jointly written papers, book chapters and articles with economists (Jonathan Cave and Campbell Cowie), computer scientists (Ian Brown), and social scientists (Damian Tambini, Stefan Verhulst, Colin Blackman, Christian Ahlert, Simon Forge and others). He was formerly Professor of Law at Essex (2012-13), having previously taught and researched at Essex (2007-12), RAND (2005-7), Oxford (2004-5), Warwick (1997-2000), LSE (1995-1997). He held Visiting Fellowships at Harvard, Melbourne, Cambridge, Oxford, USC-Annenberg, Keio, GLOCOM Tokyo, and most recently FGV Rio de Janeiro.

He was Principal Investigator (2014-16) in the DG Justice funded legal informatics project He was also Principal Investigator (2011-15) in the FP7 EINS European Internet Science (EINS) consortium, the pioneering interdisciplinary examination of the effects of the Internet on society, and how that should affect the future design of the Internet, leading two Joint Research Areas.

Chris has also worked in the corporate (Babelcom 2002-3, WorldCom 2001-2, ShortMedia 2000-2001, World Economic Forum 1993-4, MediaWeek 1989-91) and government (Independent Television Commission 2001) sectors, advised many government and inter-governmental clients since 1998, directed as Principal Investigator on an ESRC Seminar award, was co-investigator for British Academy, and served on the advisory board of many national and international scientific projects.

His work has been cited by the European Parliament, national government policy on five continents, and in leading media such as the BBC, ABC, Economist, Wall St Journal, El Pais, Ars Technica.

Alexander Savelyev

Legal attorney, IBM Eastern Europe/Asia Ltd.


Born on November 27, 1983 in Ryazan.

Education, academic degree:

Graduated from Moscow State Law Academy in 2005. In 2007, graduated cum laude from the Russian School of Private Law, having defended a master’s thesis titled “Control Over Unfair Conditions of the Contract Between Entrepreneurs According to Foreign and Russian Law.” In 2008, finished his postgraduate study in Moscow State Law Academy, having defended his dissertation for the degree of Candidate of Sciences titled “Civil Regulation of the Relations Between a Client and Internet Provider.”

Professional experience:

Since 2008 to present day – legal counsel at IBM Russia/CIS, where he deals with the issues of intellectual property and legal support of the company’s IT services, including in the area of data analysis.

Since 2012, he is a senior researcher of the International Laboratory of Information Law at Higher School of Economics, where he teaches a course on Electronic Commerce at Law Faculty.

Publications, scientific works:

Author of several monographs: Software Licensing in Russia. Legislation and Practice (Мoscow, Infotropik-Media, 2012); Freedom of Contract and Its Boundaries (in two volumes, Moscow, Statut, 2012, with A. Karapetov, LL D) and Electronic Commerce in Russia and Abroad: Legal Regulation (Moscow, Statut, 2014). He is also the author of an article-by-article comment to the Federal Law On Information, IT and Data Protection (Moscow, Statut, 2015).

Author of several articles in Russian and English on personal data protection, contract law, IT and IP law.

Boris Yedidin

Head of Legal Department, Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor)

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