Topical Collection on Governance and AI: Challenges for a sustainable digital ecosystem

Guest Editors:

Eva Thelisson, MIT Connection Science Lab, AI Transparency Institute, Switzerland,
Amandeep Gill, Global Health Centre project on International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR), Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland,
Himanshu Verma, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands,
Kshitij Sharma, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway,
Marc Rotenberg, Center for AI and Digital Policy, Michale Dukakis Institute, USA,
Danielle Belgrave, Healthcare Intelligence Group, Microsoft Research, UK,
Ann Cambon-Thomsen, French National Center for scientific research, France,


This special issue proposes to explore the normative and conceptual foundations of digital governance, digital ethics and digital regulation of Artificial Intelligence in the context of the sustainable development of the digital ecosystem.

Designing AI

As design choices have a normative effect, we invite papers exploring the norms and governance embedded in code and infrastructure. The vision, values and business model of the organizations are encoded in the design of AI tools and shape how personal data are processed and users attention and conduct are altered. The special issue invites contributions that critical explore the challenges related to designing AI.

AI and values

Values evolve depending on the socio-cultural, politico-economic and technological context. We invite contributions related to the impact of the design of AI on the future of human values, rights and liberties, including autonomy, the right to privacy, the rule of law, and democratic institutions.

Legal and Ethical Policy

The special issue seeks to identify and address new legal and ethical challenges related to the sustainable development of the digital ecosystem, with a focus on how to adapt AI-relevant norms of conduct to diverse cultural, social, and political contexts.

Possible topics include:

  • Digital governance, digital ethics and digital regulation
  • Ethical and legal considerations surrounding AI
  • Ethics of privacy and intellectual property
  • Platform economies
  • Algorithmic transparency and accountability
  • The democractic governance of AI
  • Convergence between AI, IoT and Blockchain technologies
  • Sustainable design
  • Internet architecture and Human Rights
  • Data ownership
  • AI auditing and certification
  • Liability and Insurance schema
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals

Deadline for submission: extended to 22nd January 2021


Submissions should be original papers and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Extended versions of high quality conference papers that are already published at relevant venues may also be considered as long as the additional contribution is substantial (at least 30% of new content).

Authors must follow the formatting and submission instructions of the AI and Ethics journal at

During the first step in the submission system Editorial Manager, please select “Original Research” as article type. In further steps, please confirm that your submission belongs to a special issue and choose from the drop-down menu the appropriate special issue title.