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“2012-13 International Arms Control Essay Contest: Innovation Through Open Source Technologies” 20.02.2013

PIR Center announces the “2012-13 International Arms Control Essay Contest: Innovation Through Open Source Technologies”. The Contest is hosted by PIR Center and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Monterey with the support of the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC).

The Contest commences at 17:00 GMT (21:00 MSK), on December 3, 2012. Essays should be uploaded between December 3, 2012 and 23:00 GMT February 19, 2013 (03:00 a.m. MSK February 20, 2013). Assessment of essays will start on February 21, 2013 and close on March 31, 2013.

The Contest is open for participation for U.S. and Russian individuals; contestants must be at least 18 years old on the date of commencement of the Contest; Russian citizens should submit essays in Russian. By mutual agreement essays of four Russian finalists shall be published on PIR Center’s website and in its e-periodicals as well as in the Security Index journal. The winning Russian essay, selected by joint commission of the Contest, is expected to be translated to English and published at CNS website and in CNS Nonproliferation Review journal. The winning American essay will be translated to Russian and published on PIR Center’s website and in Security Index journal. Russian and American winners will receive an Apple iPad 2.

Full text of official Essay Contest rules in English and in Russian is available at PIR Center’s website. Submissions for the Contest should be written in English or in Russian, not exceed 2500 words and address the topic of international application of open source information and communication technologies (ICT) to arms control verification, compliance monitoring, and monitoring of sensitive facilities. U.S. citizens should send Contest essays to CNS (, Russian contestants can send their essays to PIR Center via email: demidov at 

The instruction for authors of PIR Center's Security Index journal articles is used as a style guide for Russian participants of the Essay Contest; it can be found on PIR Center's website (in Russian). The instrucrtion for American participants of the Essay Contest is available on the CNS website.

В качестве требований к оформлению эссе для российских авторов-участников конкурса используется инструкция для авторов материалов в журнал ПИР-Центра Индекс Безопасности, доступная на сайте ПИР-Центра. Инструкция для американских авторов эссе размещена на сайте CNS.

Purpose of the Contest is to collect applicable ideas and initiatives of how to use social networks, crowdsourcing platforms, geolocation and monitoring online services and other capabilities of open digital technologies to strengthen and improve existing international arms control regime. As U.S. Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller noted when visiting PIR Center’s office in March 2012, “we are thinking about how the potential of modern open source information technologies including online geolocation services and social networks could be applied to enhance international cooperation, strengthen confidence-building measures and improve quality of monitoring in the field of arms control.”

For all information concerning the Contest please contact Oleg Demidov, Coordinator of PIR Center’s project International Information Security and Global Internet Governance by tel.: +7 (926) 839-35-41 or by e-mail: demidov at