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Artificial Intelligence: beyond the hype?

Special issue call for papers from Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance

Guest Editor:

Jean Paul Simon, JPS Public Policy Consulting,


Over the past few years the issue of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has increasingly come to the fore as a technological trend. A February 2018 GSMA report states: “Many regard 2017 as the year AI sprang out of fiction and fully entered the mainstream consciousness for the first time” (GSMA, 2018: 4). AI is now expected to be one of the most pervasive disruptive technologies.

This special issue will be devoted to AI so as to better document the issue (what is AI?) and offer some analysis of its various dimensions (what kinds of applications are there now and envisaged?), the challenges it brings (what issues are arising or might arise, e.g. ethical, legal, socio-economic, employment, etc?), and whether additional regulation is needed.

This special issue aims to explore the following questions and more:

  • Even if there is no single definition of AI that is universally accepted by practitioners, how can this umbrella term be fleshed out? What is the real scope of the phenomenon? What are the main technologies?
  • What are the main functions of AI in a digital environment? In a business environment? In a consumer environment?
  • How can one assess the economic impact of AI? According to what kind of indicators?
  • AI has potential application in almost every industry although some sectors seem to be leading for AI adoption. Which are the main sectors, the main players and main applications in each sector? Case studies are welcome (education, healthcare, high-tech and telecom, media, transportation…). Country or region studies as well (China, EU, Japan, South Korea, US…).
  • On the users’ side, can one identify emerging patterns of use?
  • Can one identify an ecosystem of AI centric companies in the making? Who are the main players, what are their relationships?
  • While AI may offer great potential for creating new and innovative solutions, at the same time, like any disruptive technology, it carries risks and presents complex societal challenges in several areas such as labour, safety, privacy, justice/ equity, ethics, skills, etc. What are the main societal challenges and how to deal with them?
  • The impact on jobs and the future of work is already being discussed. Is it a moot question as technology displaces jobs in any case, or an issue in search of more evidence?
  • What are the main policies initiated by governments? To develop and support a strategic research and innovation agenda for AI?
  • How should we take into account the ELSE (Ethical, Legal, Socio-Economic) aspects so as to make sure the benefits could be distributed across society?
  • How can we develop a relevant legal framework? To what extent are existing legal frameworks (content, telecoms, etc) applicable?
  • Some proposals have already been made to regulate robots. what are the main regulatory issues? What are the options? Is it time to regulate AI?
  • Are there any competition issues that needs to be addressed, i.e. questions of pricing algorithms’ tacit collusion, or market dominance of big data platforms?

Submission Procedure:

Submissions to Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system, here. They then undergo a double blind peer review by at least two independent referees.

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

For more information on how to submit please visit the author guidelines.

Submission Deadline: 1st September 2018