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The deployment of ICTs and their uptake by society affect radically the human condition, insofar as it modifies our relationships to ourselves, to others, and to the world. This digital transition shakes established reference frameworks, which impact the public space, politics itself, and societal expectations toward policy making. The Onlife Initiative has explored these impacts within the policy context of the Digital Agenda for Europe, and unveils the extent to which we need to re-engineer what we mean by privacy, freedom, attention, precaution, and democracy, to name but a few of the concepts that require update and collective re-appropriation.
EU policy-making will only capture what makes sense for Europeans, if it aligns itself with the shaping of this emerging digital literacy, understood in the wide sense of the term, i.e. as the development of the codes, behaviours, social and legal norms that will enable flourishing lives for Europeans in a hyper-connected era. This opens on a new perspective for delivering responsible research and innovation. Instead of focusing exclusively on an approach centered on the avoidance of risks, we can embark on a more pro-active approach centered on a critical accompaniment of technological developments.
The workshop will allow us to walk the talk and explore the concrete consequences of this perspective.
Chair: Eva Kaili, MEP, STOA 1st Chair
Robert Madelin, European Commission, Director-General DG Connect, moderator
Nicole Dewandre, European Commission, Advisor DG Connect
Philosophy? More than a luxury and why it matters
Mireille Hildebrandt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Radboud University, Nijmegen
Privacy? More than data control and why it is contextual
Stefana Broadbent, NESTA - National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
Attention? More than a fungible asset and why it needs protection
Charles Ess, University of Oslo
Freedom? More than autonomy and why it is relational
Peter-Paul Verbeek, University of Twente
Precaution? More than avoiding risk and why it is about critical accompaniment
Yiannis Laouris, Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute
Democracy? More than representation and why it is about architecture
Debate: Better policy making in a hyper-connected era
Closure: Paul Rübig, MEP, STOA Chair