Thematic section 2. Information technologies: inclusion and development, or self-isolation?

Modern society is digitally based. The ability to use digital resources is now an essential basic skill. Lack of digital skills hampers the elderly from continuing their working life as almost any working activity these days requires digital literacy, which is learnt in younger age the easiest, similar to languages and mathematics. It is sad, but new technology training is not aimed at the elderly. There are no proven approaches and methods, specifics of the old age people, their constructive and destructive strategies are not considered.

  • Can people over 50 learn new IT competencies?
  • What IT competences should elderly people acquire?
  • What is the best teaching method?
  • What professional resource should be prepared and how?

Section description.

Currently there is an obvious digital gap between younger and older generations, research shows triple difference between their digital skills. It is also an apparent fact that elderly people should be integrated in modern digital formats of interaction with outside world, not only to open up the possibilities of new services to them, but also to enhance their competitiveness in the labour market, which is still quite ageist in spite of the raised pension age.

In order to look for opportunities to combine the existing approaches to overcome digital self-isolation of elderly people the participants of the project session will have to arrive at a common understanding on a number of issues:

Are there common grounds of different approaches to integrate elderly generation into the digital society?

What are the criteria of quality product in IT sphere for the elderly? Which differences between pensioners and pre-pensioners in motivation and learning should be considered in creation of educational programs?

What can serve as a motivation trigger to make elderly people master new technologies? How stimulate them not to stop at basic digital literacy?

Can digital culture integration provide “new youngness” for the elderly?

Public Events Hall  2, 1st  floor



  • Andrey Selsky, autonomous NGO “Digital Economy”, head of “Staff and Training” section
  • Oleg Poletaev, autonomous NGO “Digital Economy”, head of communications


  • Miroslav Vajs, EURAG Vice-President, Czech Republic – Lifelong learning and its influence on the quality of society
  • Sergey Spivak, Russian Association of Electronic Communications, head of “Staffing and training” cluster, founder of i-guru digital agency, head of Independent Centre of digital specialist certification -, developer of self-employment training program for the elderly, textbook author
  • Vladimir Cherepanov, head of IT projects of the Interregional Social Charity Foundation ‘Quality of Life’
  • Marina Shalashova, Director of Lifelong Learning Institute of the MCU
  • Albina Bikbulatova, vice-rector on methodology and inclusive education of the Russian State Social University, PhD in technical science, assistant professor
  • Liliya Shcheglova, “School 21”, director on practice and partnership (programming, Sberbank)
  • Natalya Shushlina, head of special projects of ‘Rostelecom’ (‘Internet ABC’ program – teaching older generation people to work with computer and in internet)
  • Sergey Mardanov, director on co-operation with institutions of higher education, Group
  • Alexander Zorin, regional policy director, NGO "Data Economy"
  • Lyubov Dukhanina, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma on Education and Science
  • Konstantin Levin, deputy head of the ‘Federal Methodology Centre on Financial Literacy’ HSE
  • Ekaterina Kurasheva, co-founder of “Young-Old: New Aged” festival