As digital and emerging technologies impact society, civil society organizations (including humanitarian organizations, development organizations, advocacy groups and labour unions) will continue to play significant roles in solving global challenges, championing human rights and fostering needed dialogue on societal issues. However, cross-discipline knowledge sharing and learning across these organizations will be critical in developing responsible digital strategies and processes, protecting vulnerable populations from Fourth Industrial Revolution harms and the transformation of the social sector.
Investing in civil society—its preparedness, digital infrastructure and inclusion in the governance of emerging technologies—is investing in the future of accountability, transparency, fairness and trust in the Fourth Industrial Revolution for everyone. Philanthropy, industry, academia and other stakeholders have critical roles to play in working with the sector towards ensuring a fairer, human-centred Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In addition to mainstreaming civil society engagement across its Centres, the Forum is committed to building a platform to accelerate impact, practice and responsibility of civil society and social sector organizations responding to digital and emerging technologies. The Preparing Civil Society for the Fourth Industrial Revolution project functions in four ways: