Being human in a hyper-connected era - The onlife initiative

02-12-2014 17:00-19:40
European Parliament Brussels - Altiero Spinelli (ASP) A3E-2
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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

               Drinks reception

European Commission, DG Connect, web pages on The Onlife Initiative (external link)