4IRE: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Ethics: Solving the Challenges of the Agenda 2030

According to the World Economic Forum the “The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) represents a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is a new chapter in human development, the underlying advances bear huge promises, but also perils. The speed, breadth and depth of this revolution has created disruption of existing business models, new enterprises and a vivid start up scene. The way we make payments, bank and invest will change in this new era where the business model is dictated by technology.”

We pretend to tackle some of the ethical problems of the 4IR and to get an overview of its ethical challenges of AI, encryption and startup finance. This applies in particular for females in these industries, from women lawyers, judges, attorneys-at-law, investors, bankers, portfolio managers, solicitors or civil servants. All industries are affected by industry 4.0. in particular science, finance, regtech, or startup industries. The 4IR is more than technology-driven change; it is a call to leaders, policy-makers and business leaders to harness converging technologies in order to create an inclusive, humancentred future.

Our congress and book offer many use cases of proactive change agents and wants to offer solutions for the ethical challenges when implementing revolutionary disruptive products often eliminating the intermediary.

Education, training, agility and life-long learning is one of key solutions, highlighted in the congress and in the book. In particular the financial industry is challenged with these new business models.

The congress 4IRE is based on the following three pillars:

  • Ethical impacts of: 4IR, AI, robots, regtech, fintech, internet of things, smart cities, 5G, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, cyberviolence against women and girls, etc. insisting on the invisibility of women.
  • Companies/startups: what are they doing in order to change, adapt, and not lose the ethical track? Why are there so few women who found and own start-ups? Why do women not get Venture Capital? What about the financing in general?
  • Education: how do we educate our small ones and ourselves to navigate safely through all these changes? How do we make women visible? What about Research Integrity and women’s (in)visibility?


WHEN: November, 21st & 22nd 2019.
WHERE: Madrid (Spain), Impact Hub Picasso, Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 1.
WHO: Anyone can attend.
HOW MUCH: Totally free, registration required.

Organizer: European Women Lawyers Association