The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the African Security Landscape


Tuesday, August 2, 2022 (1200–1315 GMT)
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Webinar Objectives

  1. Expand understanding of what the Fourth Industrial Revolution is and how it relates to the digital revolution and cyber issues.
  2. Discuss the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s geopolitical and security implications for Africa, particularly in relation to the proliferation of 4IR technologies.
  3. Explore how African security sector officials and governmental stakeholders can work to enhance the benefits from the Fourth Industrial Revolution and mitigate the downsides, risks, and cybersecurity challenges associated with it.
  4. Explore the value of ensuring that a wide range of non-governmental stakeholders are involved in shaping African state responses to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and what roles they are best positioned to play in realizing its positive potential and attenuating its downsides.


  1. Dr. Landry Signé
    Executive Director & Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Distinguished Fellow, Stanford University
  1. Ms. Moliehi Makumane
    Researcher, Security and Technology Program, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research