The South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Network for Global Technology Governance

The Future of the Connected World: Closing the digital divide for small and medium enterprises by maximising the use of Internet of Things technologies

In March 2017, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network (C4IR Network), with the mission of ensuring that the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) does not just benefit a select few, but all of society. The methodology is a human-centric approach that is agile and based on rapid iteration.

The WEF’s intent is for the C4IR Network to serve as:

  • A space for Global Cooperation: It is dedicated to co-designing policy frameworks and governance protocols, including laws, regulations, norms and best practices that accelerate the application of science and technology in the global public interest.
  • A “do-tank”: Partner governments and companies will co-design and pilot these frameworks and protocols for rapid iteration and scale. The Centre is not a think-tank, but rather a “do-tank”.
  • A champion for ethics and values in technology: All policies, frameworks and regulations developed at the Centre will prioritise ethics and values

The C4IR Network has established Centres globally and has already begun its expansion into other regions through its Affiliate Centre model.

Agile Policy Development

We’re co-developing and piloting governance and policy frameworks to keep up with the pace of technology evolution.

National and Global Cooperation for Impact

The Centre draws on private sector, government, academia and civil society to co-design technology governance frameworks.

CSIR SCIENCESCOPE VOL 17: FOCUS ON THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Read the latest edition of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) magazine, ScienceScope.

This edition highlights some key issues of significance as the country starts to implement its fourth industrial revolution strategy. It also features CSIR people, research and development, as well as infrastructure.

Addressing challenges in South Africa and the Region

We address technology areas relevant to South Africa and our neighbors, that address our societal and economic needs.

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How can policy drive meaningful action with positive outcomes for society while maintaining utmost respect for the people who comprise it? #c4irsa spent the past year exploring this topic alongside the World Economic Forum the City of Helsinki and a group of global experts. It is our pleasure to share the frameworks, insights and best practices we developed, and it is our hope that they catalyse action. #dataempowered bit.ly/3AdKqa8 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are excited to share this blueprint for a human-centric approach to data policy. For the past year, #c4irsa Centre Head Ntsibane Ntlatlapa has worked alongside the World Economic Forum, the City of Helsinki and a global community of experts to develop the frameworks, insights and best practices within. We believe that by centring on the values, needs and expectations of people, policy can drive meaningful actions with positive outcomes for society while maintaining the utmost respect for the people who are part of it. With this blueprint, we hope to provide tools for public sector employees –from mayors and ministers to data scientists and service developers –to adapt and build systems that use data in responsible and innovative ways. #dataempowered bit.ly/3AdKqa8 ... See MoreSee Less
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Join SANBA, the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium and the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa today from 09h00-13h00 CAT via livestream for the first in a series of workshops on Digital Identity. Let's co-create the digital South Africa we need! youtu.be/8s27oIbI-Lc ... See MoreSee Less
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@SANBA, the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium and the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa invite you to the first in a series of workshops on Digital Identity on 20 August 2021, 09h00-13h00 CAT. Let's co-create the digital South Africa we need!Register at: forms.gle/A2eBcGYeY1NHNpN17 ... See MoreSee Less
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How can policy drive meaningful action with positive outcomes for society while maintaining utmost respect for the people who comprise it? Check out this 1st of its kind blueprint for a human-centric approach to data #C4IRSA worked on with @wef & @helsinki https://bit.ly/3AdKqa8

We are excited to share these frameworks and best practices on a human-centric approach to data policy #C4IRSA developed with @wef, @helsinki and a global community of experts #DataEmpowered https://bit.ly/3AdKqa8

Join @sanbanetwork, @SAFBC_ZA and @C4IRSA today from 09h00-13h00 CAT via livestream for the first in a series of workshops on Digital Identity https://youtu.be/8s27oIbI-Lc

.@sanbanetwork, @SAFBC_ZA and @C4IRSA invite you to the first in a series of workshops on Digital Identity on 20 August 2021, 09h00-13h00 CAT.

Let's co-create the digital South Africa we need!

Register at: https://forms.gle/A2eBcGYeY1NHNpN17

@sanbanetwork, the @SAFBC_ZA and the @C4IRSA invite you to the first in a series of workshops on Digital Identity on 20 August 2021, 09h00-13h00 CAT. Let's co-create the digital South Africa we need!
Register at: https://forms.gle/A2eBcGYeY1NHNpN17

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