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GOING DIGITAL: What is the Future of Business and Labour?

This conference is now open VISIT THE DISCUSSION FORUM


Maria Alejandra Madi and Małgorzata Dereniowska


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

  • The conference will feature theoretical, econometric, experimental and policy oriented contributions.
  • The deadline for paper submission was Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
  • For manuscripts guidelines, and complete general guidelines about the WEA Online Conferences, please check:
    WEA Conference Guidelines

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: 30th October, 2019.
Notification of acceptance: 4th November, 2019.
Discussion Forum: 15th November – 9th December, 2019 extended to 16th December.


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

Guide for first time visitors

Openness and flexibility are major trends in contemporary education, research, and business, influencing the whole spectrum of institutions and corporations across the globe. Indeed, technological innovations are bringing about a paradigm shift in contemporary livelihoods. Modes of interaction are becoming more open and flexible in terms of time, space, organization, infrastructure and requirements. With this background, the World Economics Association organizes conferences which are held on-line.

WEA CONFERENCES are OPEN ACCESS. The World Economics Association strives to make its conferences accessible for all people around the world. The aim of the WEA ONLINE CONFERENCES is to enlarge the number of participants and to extend the period of discussion to provide for more developed exchanges than in typical, location-based conferences.  WEA Conferences strive to be on the forefront of innovations in communicating and discussing high-quality research.

Each WEA CONFERENCE begins with a pre-conference stage with the announcement of the call, registration and selection of papers, culminating in a Discussion Forum. The interactive format of Conferences provide an online forum for visitors and commentators. All participants will be able to send comments on specific papers, or to contribute to a general discussion on the conference theme.

Each WEA ONLINE CONFERENCE is hosted by Maria Alejandra Madi, Chair of the WEA CONFERENCES. She selects the conference themes and Leaders with the expertise in the topic, and facilitates the process of the conference organisation as well as the follow-up activities. The initial format of the WEA CONFERENCES was developed by Grazia Ietto-Gillies, whose ideas have continued to guide the current WEA CONFERENCES organising team.

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