This pocket data book by HSE contains the most recent statistical data representing the level and dynamics of the digital economy development in the Russian Federation.

International comparisons are provided for a number of indicators. The data book includes information of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), Russian Central Bank (Bank of Russia), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Statistical Office (Eurostat), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and results of own methodological and analytical studies of the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge.

Key findings:

  • 77% of the total number of households in Russia have Internet access.
  • 65% of the adult population in Russia use mobile phones (smartphones) to access the Internet outside of home or work. In Italy and Japan - only 39% of the population, and in the Republic of Korea - 96%.
  • Only 42% of adult Internet users in Russia send or receive email.
  • Only residents of Japan (89%) use social networks more than in Russia (78%),
  • There is the smallest share of Internet users (23%) in Russia who read online newspapers, magazines or download e-books.
  • Only 3% of Russians use the Internet for distance learning.
  • More than a third of Russians (35%) use the Internet to order goods and services.
  • Quite a lot of Russian Internet users (39%) make online financial transactions.
  • 8% of Russians are looking for work on the Internet.
  • Half of Russians (51%) believe that their work can be performed by robots, 44% deny this possibility.
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