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OnLife as a Framework

This policy idea has been generated in the July 9 Onlife workshop .Francesca Bria reports:

Onlife as a tool to redefine some regulatory and policy aspects. Two main points:

  1. Regulatory works should not separate the online from the off-line in the future. Indeed, the number of gates between online and off-line are becoming so numerous that adressing each "world" separately stop being efficient.
  2. Need to a find a balance between "top down" approaches (initiative from public authorities) and "bottom-up" approaches, i.e.self-regulatory approaches, coping with emergence of new needs and norms in society.

Under 1):

  • Need to review consumer protection, competition policy and liability issues in a hyperconnected era. 
  • Consumption paradigm is changing: from exchange of goods, to services, to lasting relationships, enabled by ICT systems. The consumer becomes a prosumer. Need to review the balance of power between service providers of all kinds and users in these lasting commercial relationships.
  • Service level agreements and default contract terms and condition for users of web-platforms and social networks. 
  • Issue of price discrimination based on personal data or profiling. The buyer should be able to know if the price s/he is offered is based on personal info/profiling info or if it is a price anybody else in the same circumnstances would be offered. Avoid fooling in price setting. 
  • Impact on politics, elections, democracy, ...
  • Privacy needs to be re-thought. Privacy changes by time, context in general. Need to redefine the concept itself.
  • Identity to be rethought as well. Trusted fmw for identity. Anonymity, etc.
  • How media changes, from content delivery to content aggregator ensuring quality
  • Property regulation, in an era where more and more "goods" are in flux, instead of being "exchangeable".
  • Harness ICT-platforms to encourage sustainable consumption, behaviours and social innovation

Under 2):

  • Empower citizens in a hyperconnected society.Research on the back office of the internet, new business models and price setting mechanisms.
  • Foster digital competency and literacy to encourage an enlightened appetite for innovation
  • Different approach of time and life (life-logging, memory)





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