Generative AI: socioeconomic impacts, EU regulation and participatory governance

Join us for a debate on generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) for workers, businesses and innovation. This event is organized by the IE Lawtomation Jean Monnet Centre.

The advent of GenAI has sparked a revolution across various sectors of society, and one of the areas where its impact is most evident is the labour market. One notable aspect of the ongoing discourse is the controversy surrounding the yet-unknown impacts of GenAI on productivity gains, skill requirements and working conditions. In navigating these uncharted waters, policymakers, industry leaders and experts are faced with the complex task of developing regulatory frameworks that foster innovation while safeguarding against potential risks. Achieving a consensus on the most effective approach is crucial to creating an environment where GenAI can thrive responsibly and contribute positively to societal progress. Leveraging our guests’ extensive expertise, we will confront different approaches, from the research, policy and business perspective, focusing on the socioeconomic impacts of AI, regulatory responses at the EU level and participatory governance mechanisms.


📅 13 February 2024
🕒 1 p.m. CET
📍 T.13-02, IE Tower, Madrid and online



Dr. Janine Berg is a Senior Economist at the ILO and she received her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York, USA. Since 2002 she works at Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK) of the International Labour Organization (ILO). She has conducted research on the economic effects of labour laws as well as provided technical assistance to ILO constituents on policies for generating jobs and improving working conditions. From 2008 to 2011, Janine worked at the ILO office in Brazil as an employment specialist. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on employment and labour market institutions. Her book, Labour Markets, Institutions and Inequality: Building Just Societies in the 21st Century, was published in February 2015. Janine Berg is co-author of the recently published paper entitled Generative AI and Jobs: A Global Analysis of Potential Effects on Job Quantity and Quality.


Dr. Richard Benjamins is Chief Responsible AI Officer at Telefonica and founder of its “AI for Society and Environment” area. He is one of the main drivers behind Telefónica’s ethical artificial intelligence approach. Before CRAIO he was the company’s Chief AI & Data Strategist. He is among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018). He is co-founder and Vice President of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA), and board director of environmental non-profit CDP-Europe. He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance), member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC, and for 10 years held executive positions at Telefonica on Big Data and Analytics. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, has published over several scientific articles, is founding editorial board member of Springer’s AI Ethics journal, and is author of the books “The myth of the algorithm” (Spanish) and “A Data-Driven Company” (English, Spanish, Turkish Chinese), and “The algorithm and I” (Spanish).


Chair: Johanna Jacobsson, IE University Law School & Lawcrosse


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