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Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (C4IR KSA)

Shaping the future through policy, partnership, foresight, and education

What is C4IR?

The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Saudi Arabia is a do tank to advance the benefits of 4IR in Saudi Arabia through the development and implementation of practical and adaptive protocols for the governance of emerging technologies.

C4IR KSA is one of many WEF Affiliate centers around the globe that form the C4IR Network, connecting centers across the globe to catalyze international collaborative efforts towards concrete multi stakeholder output for the development and testing of scalable technology governance frameworks.

Hosted by: King AbdulAziz City for Science and Technology

Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution KSA


Accelerate the development and implementation of governance principles, policies, and protocols for the emerging science and technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Work with the public and private sectors, academia, and civil society to co-create, co-design and pilot new approaches for the adoption and governance of 4IR technologies.


Prepare national talents to be future-ready with hands-on international experience to develop key 4IR governance skills through C4IR KSA fellowship opportunities.


Projects Area

  • Agile Governance
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Autonomous Vehicles & Drones
  • Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • Internet of Things & Urban Development
  • Current Projects

Agile Governance

To address the speed and impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, legislators and regulators increasingly rely on agile and multistakeholder efforts to ensure governance is adaptive, human-centred, inclusive and sustainable. A set of agile governance tools are quickly becoming elements in the toolbox of policy-makers to maximize the benefits of science and technology for society.

Our projects will advance agile governance through:
  • Forging multistakeholder collaboration.
  • Developing the data and ethics policies needed to advance Agile Governance.
  • Advocating and advancing the benefit of agile governance technology for Saudi societ.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Rapid advances in machine learning hold the promise of solving some of the most pressing issues facing society, but also present challenges such as inscrutable “black box” algorithms and unethical use of data. As rapid advances in machine learning increase the scope and scale of AI’s deployment, multistakeholder collaboration is required to optimize accountability, accountability, privacy and impartiality to create trust.

Our projects will overcome challenges in AI & Machine Learning by:
  • Forging multistakeholder collaboration.
  • Developing and promulgating policies and standards for ethics, accuracy, accountability, and privacy in AI and Machine Learning systems.
  • Advocating and educating to build trust in society for AI and Machine Learning systems.

Autonomous Vehicles & Drones

Autonomously piloted systems like drones and autonomous vehicles have the potential to transform business models and tackle societal challenges around the globe, while governments are struggling to find ways to encourage innovation while maintaining public safety and confidence. Enabling millions of manned and unmanned systems to operate concurrently calls for new types of physical infrastructure, ground and airspace management, and privacy and data ownership policies.

Our projects will advance the use and deployment of the Autonomous Vehicles and Drones by:
  • Forging multistakeholder collaboration.
  • Supporting fundamental infrastructure development and promulgating use cases and business mode.
  • Advocating and building awareness for adoptio.

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

Blockchain, a relatively nascent technology that enables the decentralized and secure storage and transfer of information, has already proven itself to be a powerful tracking and transaction tool. It can minimize friction, reduce corruption, increase trust and empower users. Revolutionary use cases are being explored in almost every sector, ranging from finance to energy to shipping and media. The challenge is to unlock this potential in a way that ensures inclusion, safety, interoperability and scale.

Our projects will work to advance use and deployment of Blockchain & distributed ledger technology through:
  • Driving the principles of good governance to support the infrastructure underlying, and the applications built on, distributed ledger technology.
  • Advancing the development of fundamental Blockchain infrastructure.
  • Advocating and building awareness for the adoption of Blockchain technologies in Saudi Arabia.

Internet of Things & Urban Development

There are more connected devices in the world today than there are humans. Commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT), they come in infinite forms – from smart building technologies that monitor and manage energy usage, to connected vehicles that help anticipate and avoid potential collision. By 2020, the number of IoT devices is projected to exceed 20 billion, and as IoT technologies continue to affect all aspects of daily life, questions about data ownership, accuracy and privacy protection are taking on ever greater importance.

Our projects will advance the use and deployment of the Internet of Things by:
  • Forging multistakeholder collaboration.
  • Developing policy and best practices regarding privacy, data ownership, and device security.
  • Advocating for social welfare, reskilling, and commitments to accessibility.

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