DIGITAL TRUST: PHILANTHROPY AND TECHNOLOGIES
Participants in the "Philtech. Socially-Oriented Future Technologies" spoke on the role of digital technologies in the development of charity and volunteering, successful cases and social inclusion of citizens.
Over the past decade, Russia has moved up in the World Giving Index of CAF British charity foundation from 138th to 117th place. This is due in no small part to the introduction of digital technologies. Information openness and transparency improve the level of benefactors' trust. Such digitalization enables not only to develop the charity institutes, but also the trust to them: now, most charity donations are transferred directly to an organization.
"In Russia, around 70% of people donate money to charity. Approximately 90% of funds are donated by wealthy people. Charity in Russia is certainly a widespread, yet not a systematic practice," highlighted Andrey Shpak, Director of the Research and Consulting Direction of the Wealth Management and Philanthropy Center at the Skolkovo Business School.
Digitalization is also a driver for developing socially-oriented regional projects. For instance, in Norilsk the opportunities of fiber-optic Internet connection have accelerated the development and consolidation of city residents. Application of digital technologies is efficient when conducting social research and working with big data for the formation of urban communities.
"A research participated by 8,780 people enables us to detect demand of the city residents for quality urban environment, which was absolutely impossible without using the fiber-optic communication and opportunities of high-speed Internet," told Svetlana Ivchenko, Director of the Social Policy Department of Norilsk Nikel.