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The Digital Economy and the New Social Contract

AI, digitalisation and innovation

CEPS Conference Room
Place du Congrès 1, Brussels, Belgium

This in-person event is free and open to the public but registration is mandatory.

In-person event

The Digital Economy and the New Social Contract

CEPS - IE University Conference


Digitalisation has produced profound changes to the social structures and agreements that dominated our political systems; the digital revolution has changed the social contract. This revolution has occurred in a context of increased uncertainty and complexity, where higher costs of living, geopolitical tensions, and climate change, among others, raise the stakes of getting the digital transformation right.

The European Commission, along with the European Parliament and the European Council, have taken a clear stand on what is the core principle that should dictate the revised (digital) social contract: a people-centric digital society that puts humans, as well as European values and fundamental rights, at the centre of initiatives and reforms.

In this frame, it is worth questioning: how is the digital economy impacting social and power relations? Are technology and the digital economy the solutions to deep social problems? Is it possible to have a digital economy that combines innovation and inclusion, or is there an inevitable trade-off between them?

“The Digital Revolution and the New Social Contract” is a multiannual research project guided by the Center of the Governance of Change at IE University aiming to tackle these issues. During this event, preliminary findings on the social impact of the digital economy will be shared. Drawing on the developments of the Forum on the New Industrial Strategy for Europe led by CEPS, opportunities to manage the changes emerging from the digital transformation will also be discussed.

The conference will be followed by a lunch.

Registration for this event will be ending on November 17th 16:00 (CET)

Event organised jointly with:


Andrea Renda Andrea Renda
Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

Speakers list
Pierre-Alexandre Balland

Utrecht University

Miguel Otero

Director of the research project “The Digital Revolution and the New Social Contract”

Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi

Founding member and Co-investigator, Digital Planet - The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Manuel Muñiz

Provost, IE University

Karina Stan

Director of EU policy and Head of Brussels Office – Developers Alliance

Helena Malikova

Chief economist team and Fellow - European Commission, DG COMP and Hertie School Berlin