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The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAEA global collaboration

A focal point for multi-stakeholder dialogue. The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE (C4IR UAE) is a collaboration between the Dubai Future Foundation and the World Economic Forum, and is the first affiliate centre in the MENA region.

Developing Governance Frameworks Around Emerging Technology

For a world in throes of the 4th Industrial Revolution, C4IR serves as a public-private platform for the collaborative development of frameworks that anticipate risks and accelerate the social benefits of technology. It creates governance frameworks, and works with a multi-stakeholder community to refine and test them.

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    A collaboration between DFF and WEF

  • Exploring governance and policy for emerging technologies

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    Bringing public and private stakeholders together

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    Testing and refining governance frameworks

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

The first Industrial Revolution ignited at the start of the 19th century. The advent of the steam engine changed the nature of manufacturing, and re-ordered society along the way.

Now, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the current period of rapid transformations across industries, societies and nations catalysed by technology, connectivity and automation. Just like the original Industrial Revolution, 4IR is having profound consequences on every facet of our lives – how we work, play, create and consume.

C4IR Technology Profiles

C4IR UAE focuses on three emerging technology portfolios: Blockchain and Distributed Ledger, Artificial Intelligence, and Precision Medicine.

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Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

Collaborating with public and private sector partners to review the UAE’s blockchain ecosystem. Facilitating blockchain adoption in the UAE and globally, while addressing key challenges. C4IR is also developing use cases and research on blockchain applications for digital transformation.

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Artificial Intelligence

Collaborating with public sector partners to trial responsible AI use-cases in government. The Centre is also developing guidelines on the use of AI by the youth and future generations.

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Precision Medicine

Partnering with key stakeholders in healthcare and government to co-develop consent and data privacy frameworks, to protect patient data used in human genome sequencing programmes.