Digital economy, transformation, digitalization, blockchain, artificial intelligence, bigdata, sociological surveys, education, e-learning, solidarity, intellectual property, sharing economy, e-justice, post Covid-19 era


Digital Transformation

The aim of this Lab is to address digital challenges in the context of the European Union. From a multidisciplinary perspective, the objective is to analyse, and research about current and relevant issues related to the digitization process in which societies are immersed.

Societies are in a process of constant digitization, a situation that has been further aggravated by the Covid-19 health crisis. Everyone's access to technology has led to substantial changes in human relations, both on a professional and personal level.

The process of digital transformation is not restricted to a particular subject or area, but its extension to all daily issues of society requires detailed studies from an international and multidisciplinary perspective.

A matter of unquestionable relevance, because it directly or indirectly affects all EU Member States, is the challenge posed by the taxation of multinationals as a result of the impact of the digitization of the economy. This phenomenon has made it necessary to update, amend or adapt the existing international allocation criteria for taxing multinational entities.

The digitization of the economy has also generated many other legal issues, which not only have an impact on the tax sphere, but, in one way or another, must also be studied from other legal branches.

The objective of this Lab also focuses on other areas that are changing our society. The impact on societies of phenomena such as big data, artificial intelligence, block chain and Augmented and Virtual Reality, are just some of the issues that must be analysed.

The impact of the digital transformation has also led to new scenarios in the context of learning techniques and education methods at all levels. The role of digital education is conceived as a teaching medium as successful as traditional education, and with the advantage of reaching all people regardless of their location.

Therefore, it is clear that all these technologies affect many of our social areas and are changing the way we live and interact. The Lab will start with this broad scope and at the same time focus on many issues of everyday life.

Research areas

  1. Changes relating the update, amendment or adaptation of existing international allocation criteria for taxing multinationals as a result of the impact of the digitalization of the economy.
  2. Money digitalization processes and digital money market.
  3. The taxation of multinationals in the area of the digital economy. The main challenge is, therefore, to set up and develop some new/updated nexus and profit allocation rules that will serve the basis as the new international standard for the following generation.
  4. The sharing economy phenomenon from different perspectives.
  5. The effects of the use of new technologies within staff selection procedures upon fundamental rights.
  6. The on-going debate about the need to balance the right to employer control with employee privacy.
  7. Bigdata technologies and algorithms: data security, privacy, reliability, and transparency issues.
  8. The challenges of future justice and the need for competent administrations to consider the possibilities of applying automated legal proceedings and artificial intelligence that can lead to total or partial electronic legal proceedings.
  9. The value of Law against the phenomenon of disinformation, concretely, the problem of fake news within the digital era.
  10. The use of bigdata, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology within judicial processes.
  11. The COVID-19 health crisis is prompting a rethink of the learning environment. It is not only a question of using technology, but of defining a methodology that ensures correct learning.
  12. The use of digital humanities to design sustainable models in culture and digital access for everyone, as well as the identification of new opportunities in the short, medium and long term for different public private and non-profit actors engaged in cultural and creative production.
  13. Changes in the form of social interaction and access to culture provided by digital technology.
  14. The need for pedagogy in digital education is a conceptual need, and a practical one. Technology is present in the pedagogical framework as a tool through which knowledge, attitudes and educational skills are built.
  15. Bigdata technologies refer to very large datasets that cannot be stored, captured, managed and analysed by the mean of conventional database software where we use complex mathematical-statistical procedures and algorithms such as artificial neural nets and machine learning to look for patterns, regularities and connections.
  16. The importance of intellectual property in new digital models.
  17. Artificial Intelligence is applied in normative decision-making processes where societal desirability and acceptability of human behaviour is assessed, which will impact on societal value systems.
  18. Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies with their new ways of recording lists of transactions, smart contracts, smart properties, multi-signature transactions etc.
  19. Digital media technologies applied in fields of Law and Economy.
  20. The effects of the digital transformation in psychological treatments
  21. The opportunities and challenges the digital era may offer to the transfer of knowledge in our societies.

Type of activities to achieve the proposed objectives:

  1. Proposal of courses validated by at least three universities of the FORTHEM Alliance
  2. Development of e-learning material for the courses
  3. Summer School with student’s participation
  4. Organization of seminars and congresses (on-line and/or presential)
  5. Workshops
  6. Joint publications (papers and/or books)
  7. Joint Doctoral Program with different Universities of the pool.
  8. Meetings

Planned outputs of the Lab and current work in progress

The impact of digital transformation has also led to further changes in the context of learning techniques and educational methods at all levels. The role of digital education is conceived as a means of teaching as successful as traditional education, and with the advantage of reaching all people specific to their location.

The activities carried out within the framework of the Lab Digital Transformation will try to positively impact the teaching field, focusing especially on University students. They will also try to have an impact in some way on the private sector and social areas.

The digital transformation lab at the JGU Mainz is organizing a Webinar on AI and culture on Juli, 6th, 2021. 14:00 - 17:00 CET, feel free to join it!

Lab contact information

Alliance level Contact Persons

University of València, Spain Professor Jose Carlos Pedrosa López
University of València, Spain Predoctoral researcher Olga Lenzi

University level Contact Persons

Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany Professor Petra Ahrweiler

University of Jyväskylä, Finland Professor Mikko Villi
University of Jyväskylä, Finland Associate Professor Turo Uskali
University of Burgundy, France Professor Franck Marzani
University of Opole, Poland Professor Marta Maciejasz-Świątkiewicz
University of Palermo, Italy Professor Manfredi Bruccoleri
University of Latvia, Riga Professor Signe Balina

Associated partners contributing to the Lab

The Digital Lab aims not only at establishing an interuniversity collaboration among the different universities of the Alliance, but it also aims at a multidisciplinary approach which implies cooperation with associate partners and other external experts.

Moreover, the Digital Transformation Lab intends to involve LLM students, postgraduate students, and doctoral students.

Highlighted events and progress in the Lab

  • Local kick-off meeting (June 2020)
  • Alliance kick-off meeting (Beginning November 2020)
  • Seminars on Digital transformation matters (during 2021)*, like Webinar on AI and culture on Juli, 6th, 2021. 14:00 - 17:00 CET
  • Annual T Lab meeting (March 2021)
  • Digital Transformation Workshop (May 2021)*
  • Summer Schools (Summer 2021)*
  • Seminars on Digital transformation matters (during 2022)*
  • Annual DT Lab meeting (February 2022)
  • Digital Transformation Workshop (2022)*
  • FORTHEM Campus (September-December 2022)

* These events will be public


Blog posts from Lab activities

The second FIT FORTHEM matchmaking workshop focused on the digital transformation of societies