Goind Digital: The Forces Shaping the Future of Business and Labour – call for papers for a new WEA Conference is open!

Call for Papers

The advent of digital economy creates new challenges for businesses, workers, and policymakers. Moreover, business prospects for artificial intelligence and machine learning are evolving quickly. These technologies have transforming implications for all industries, businesses of all sizes, and societies. The digitalisation of economic activities calls for a deep reflection on the forces that will shape the future of the global economy.

Aims of the Conference

The objective of this conference, led by Prof. Maria Alejandra Madi and Dr. Małgorzata Dereniowska, is to discuss recent contributions to the understanding of digital economy and its consequences for business trends and labour challenges. The conference also focuses on bridging the gap between different economic theoretical approaches and the practical applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Related topics include law, ethics, safety, and governance.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The gig economy and recent economic theoretical approaches: advances and challenges.
  • Internet of Things in retrospect and today.
  • Machine learning: integration of people and machine learning in online systems.
  • Consumer transactions and Big Analytics.
  • Time Series Data & Data for Prediction in Economics.
  • Business Transformations though Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Impact of artificial intelligence on business and society: automation of jobs and the future of job creation
  • Artificial intelligence for manufacturing: today and tomorrow.
  • Disruptive innovation and transforming industries: telecom, finance, and travel/transportation, logistics, etc.
  • Machine learning and eco-challenges.
  • E-government, e-democracy and e-justice.
  • Ethical and legal issues of artificial intelligence technology and its applications.
  • Digital economy and economic inequality.
  • The impact of the digital economy on competition and economic growth.
  • Technological change and ecological economics

Paper Submissions

Who Can Participate

We welcome submissions from scholars working in economics, law, political science, psychology, philosophy, and sociology.

We also welcome contributions from business executives responsible for AI initiatives, heads of innovation, data scientists, data analysts, staticians, AI consultants and service providers, and students.

Key Dates

Paper submissions: 20th October, 2019.
Notification of acceptance: 4th November, 2019.
Discussion Forum: 11th November – 9th December, 2019.


Maria Alejandra Madi: alejandra_madi@yahoo.com.br
Małgorzata Dereniowska: malgorzata.dereniowska@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Goind Digital: The Forces Shaping the Future of Business and Labour – call for papers for a new WEA Conference is open!

  1. Dear Organisers Had this conference been about the Concepts and Misinformation shaping the future of Business and Labour I would have seen some point in it. Its focus on ‘forces’, however, will leave economics in the mire captured in Harro Maas’s “Mechanical Reasoning: William Stanley Jevons and the Making of Modern Economics”. You people need to realise that information is not transmitted by force but decoded from detectable differences, correctible by making use of redundant information and feedback logic as captured in C E Shannon’s “The Mathematical Theory of Communication”. The economy, like the internet, does many things at once. Citing Maas’s thesis (p.225) “Jevons’s logical machine serves as an example” [of a mechanical machine that can pursue only one purpose at a time]. “The logical machine, itself a complex of pulleys and levers, structured Jevons’s thinking about foundational issues on the nature of inductive infrence in the sciences and made him argue against some of the accepted theories on the subject, most notably those of John Stuart Mill. Jevons did not only use the logical machine to unravel the intricacies of induction, however, he also considered it as an instrument which mimicked the way the mind works. It made the distinction between phenomena of mind and matter [seem] scientifically flawed and obsolete”. What if he were wrong? [As in light of information-age knowledge he seems to be]. “Whereas Mill granted political economists a separate and priviledged [feedback] route to truth by the use of introspection, this procedure was denied its scientific credibility by Jevons”. [Hence we are where we are: with fraudulent finance, “winner takes all” conflicting with “co-operative” assumptions, and a total absense of technically informed political judgement allowing fight or flight feelings to determine a Brexit outcome fatal to earned trust and distributed Business]. As for Labour, see Maas p.7: “Wicksteed’s crushing criticism of Bernard Shaw’s complacent discussion of Jevon’s utility theory made the Fabians decide to base their social reform movement on Jevon’s theory of value instead of Marx’s, and to combine Jevon’s theory of value with Ricardo’s theory of rent”. So the conclusion that Labour, Liberal and Conservative are just different names for the same neo-liberal economic establishment [‘Public School’ trained to perpetuate the class structure envisaged in the 2300-year old concepts of Plato’s “Republic”] seems to be well justified. Dave Taylor

  2. Dear Dave Tylor, thank you for your comment. Your observation is welcome. Your message was conveyed to the Organizing Comittee.

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