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This workshop on major governance challenges triggered by the current digital transformation is co-organized by the Florence School of Regulation and the Dauphine-PSL ‘Governance & Regulation Chair’.

We are witnessing the development and integration of a set of technologies that tend to radically transform the capabilities to process and circulate information, and therefore to coordinate. Indeed, these technologies now enable a seamless and ubiquitous access to information, a just-in-time and adaptive processing of this information at low cost, and an algorithmic way of guaranteeing compliance with rules. This represents a high potential for designing and implementing more agile and customized modes of coordination — thanks to the combination of horizontal information sharing, low cost contracting and decentralized enforcement—and of more responsive modes of governance; based on agile and pervasive digital capabilities enabling to quickly adapt to new information. It also supports more decentralized and organic mechanisms of governance, which might replace more hierarchical one since digital systems can support self-governed collective actions and the decentralized matching of available resources with individual needs.

As a result, several traditional mechanisms of coordination are challenged. Hierarchical organizations, for instance, are questioned by horizontal, peer-based, forms of organizations that allow rapid adaptation to incremental evolutions of needs, and resilience when shocks occur. The role of the government might of course also be questioned in this overall framework.

Bringing together a group of prominent academics and practitioners from the public and private sectors, whose research or action explore the links between digital transformation and the reshuffling of governance mechanisms, this workshop aims at enabling us to deepen our understanding of their close interactions.


Six main topics will be covered during six online sessions, to be organised each Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CET, from January 15th to February 19th:

Session 1

The opportunities and challenges raised by digital technologies for the economy and for society (January 15th)

Jean-Michel Glachant | Florence School of Regulation/RSCAS/EUI

Eric Brousseau | Scientific director, Governance and Regulation Chair and Club of Regulators

Robert Madelin | Chairman of FIPRA International

Margareta Chesaru | Public Affairs Manager, UiPath

Huy Nguyen Trieu | Co-Founder CFTE

Agustín Reyna | Director, Legal and Economic  Affairs

Rolf Riemenschneider | Head of Sector “Internet of Things”, DG Connect, European Commission

William E. Kovacic | Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy at George Washington University Law School

Session 2

The transformation of political governance and public institutions (January 22nd),

Maria Petrova | ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Thierry Vedel , CEVIPOF-Sciences Po

Antonio Nicita | Professor of economic policy at Rome Lumsa University

Pierre Pezziardi | Entrepreneur, author, cofounder of beta.gouv.fr

Alexis Tsoukias | Scientific director, CNRS

Andrea Renda | Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy (GRID) at CEPS

Sjef van Erp | Professor emeritus of European private law at Maastricht University

Session 3

The impact of digital technologies on social and civic life (January 29th)

Jean-Samuel Beuscart | Orange Labs

Doaa Abu Elyounes | Harvard University

Jamal Atif | Paris Dauphine-PSL University

Bertin Martens  | Joint Research Centre (Seville) of the European Commission

Serge Abiteboul | Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste


Miguel Amaral | The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Bertrand Pailhès | Head of Technology and Innovation, CNIL

Session 4

The regulation of the digital industry (February 5th)

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger| Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Anne Yvrande-Billon| Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP)

Leigh Hancher | University of Tilburg & Florence School of Regulation / Robert Schuman

Centre for Advanced Studies / European University Institute

Denis Berthault | GFii – Groupement Français de l’Industrie de l’Information

Werner Stengg | European Commission

Martin Cave | Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)

Martin Peitz| University of Mannheim & Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI)

Session 5

The challenges for sovereignty, security, rights, and the rule of law (February 12th)

Jan Aart Scholte| Leiden University & University of Duisburg-Essen

Joëlle Toledano | Paris Dauphine University

João Ricardo Vasconcelos| Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Benjamin Revcolevschi | Fujitsu France

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye | Imperial College London

Mike Bracken | Public Digital UK

Frank Bannister  | Trinity College Dublin

Session 6

Global governance and international relations (February 19th)

Howard Shelanski | Georgetown University

Winston Maxwell | Télécom Paris – Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Meryem Marzouki | French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS)

Didier Navez | Dawex

Mérouane Debbah  | Huawei R&D France

Henri Verdier | French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Paul Seabright | Toulouse School of Economics

Learning objectives

The objective of this workshop is threefold:

  • to explore how the pillars of a European approach in this area could be developed;
  • to identify the levers of a research and action program to build this approach;
  • to initiate a partnership to manage a work program.

The expected outcome of this workshop will combine the production of a “white paper” aimed at framing the debate, and the elaboration of a “work program” to be carried out in the framework of an initiative to be hosted by the European University Institute and a set of partners both within and beyond the academia.


Please note: this workshop is a closed event. You may find more information here.

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