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Call for Policy Research Paper on Artificial Intelligence Supported by Konrad Adenauer Foundation
21-Oct-2020

The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in everyday life is gradually growing all over the world. Globally, authorities have been investing in the development of AI technologies for years, as the AI is increasingly seen as a powerful accelerator of economic growth. In some countries, AI has already found applications in finance, national security, education, health care, criminal justice and other fields.

The purpose of the paper is to assess the potential of AI technologies in Georgia and analyze Georgia’s readiness to become a regional hub of AI technologies.

Development of AI and overall, the ICT sector in Georgia hinges on several fundamental issues that are expected to be covered within this study. It is very important to analyze the existing state of hard infrastructure and assess whether it is sufficient for further development of AI technologies. Furthermore, human capital and possible education gaps need to be assessed, as well as private sector’s activity in the field and existing government policies that positively or negatively impact the development of AI technologies in the country.

Moreover, Georgia’s potential to become a regional center of AI technologies needs to be critically analyzed and substantiated. The research should include the assessment of other regional leaders and other competitors that are successfully integrating AI technologies. It is important to analyze the tendencies and trends in the use of AI technologies in neighboring countries in order to understand Georgia’s competitiveness in the region.

The researcher is expected to explore the issues elaborated above and develop recommendations for the national government of Georgia on the introduction of new initiatives or modification of existing policies.

The research is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


Submission

Interested candidates should present: 

  1. A 3-page extended research abstract in English indicating a clear outline of the issue and their view on it (please, see attached the file).
  2. A detailed CV, including a list of past publications.

These documents should be submitted by email at research@pmcginternational.com by October 30, 2020. Please include as a subject KAS AI Technologies in Georgia.


Selection Timeframe

The evaluation process will entail the following steps:

  • 30th of October 2020: Deadline to submit abstracts.
  • 8th of November 2020: Steering Committee makes final decision on which research to approve.
  • 9th of November 2020: Start of approved research.

The abstracts are evaluated by an international and independent Steering Committee. Selected candidate will be assigned to elaborate a policy research paper compliant with the format defined by the project organizers. The researcher will then present the outcomes of their research at a public forum attended by experts from the academic and political sectors.

Following various stages of peer review, the final draft of the policy paper is expected by the end of January 2020.

The preparation and presentation of approved policy research paper will be compensated with an honorarium of GEL 5200 (gross amount).


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Giorgi Tsulaia
PMC Research Center
61 Aghmashenebeli Ave, 4th floor
Tbilisi 0102, Georgia
g.tsulaia@pmcginternational.com

 

 

Call for Policy Research Paper on Cybersecurity Supported by Konrad Adenauer Foundation
21-Oct-2020

Georgia is in the process of the rapid development of the cyber sphere, with accelerating digitalization in public services, private sector, e-governance as well as increased internet access and computer skills in the wider population of the country. This opens up new opportunities for the country, but at the same time. introduces novel challenges. The 2008 Russia-Georgia war was accompanied by a massive cyber-attack. Georgia has become a target of various Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) campaigns conducted by Russian intelligence agencies and their proxies. Several major cybersecurity incidents have been reported in recent years (i.e. massive external attacks on Georgian websites in 2019; an attack on a sensitive database and e-mail infrastructure of the Ministry of Health in 2020, etc.). Such examples render Georgia as one of the most vulnerable targets for state-sponsored and sophisticated attacks in Eastern Europe.

The purpose of the paper is to analyze cybercrime in Georgia and draft a strategy for the Georgian police for boosting its capacity and respond to cybercrime with a greater focus on preventive measures.

In addition to targeted external threats, internal challenges in Georgia`s cybersecurity ecosystem are also increasing. Cybercrime becomes more threatening not only in Georgia, but globally, and is gradually substituting traditional forms of property crimes.

The research is expected to analyze statistical data related to cybercrime and identify potential reasons for the observed increase. Moreover, the study should present case studies on the cybersecurity situation in 2 or 3 developing countries with similar GDP and HDI parameters and analyze international trends in the sector.

The researcher should make a comprehensive analysis of the existing challenges and elaborate concrete recommendations on the development or modification of relevant government policies.

The research is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Submission

Interested candidates should present:

  1. A 3-page extended research abstract in English indicating a clear outline of the issue and their view on it (please, see attached the file).
  2. A detailed CV, including a list of past publications.

These documents should be submitted by email at research@pmcginternational.com by October 30, 2020. Please include as a subject KAS Cybersecurity in Georgia.

 

Selection Timeframe

The evaluation process will entail the following steps:

  • 30th of October 2020: Deadline to submit abstracts.
  • 8th of November 2020: Steering Committee makes final decision on which research to approve.
  • 9th of November 2020: Start of approved research.

The abstracts are evaluated by an international and independent Steering Committee. Selected candidate will be assigned to elaborate a policy research paper compliant with the format defined by the project organizers. The researcher will then present the outcomes of their research at a public forum attended by experts from the academic and political sectors.

Following various stages of peer review, the final draft of the policy paper is expected by the end of January 2020.

The preparation and presentation of approved policy research paper will be compensated with an honorarium of GEL 5200 (gross amount).


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Giorgi Tsulaia
PMC Research Center
61 Aghmashenebeli Ave, 4th floor
Tbilisi 0102, Georgia
g.tsulaia@pmcginternational.com