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The Onife Manifesto under scrutiny: making it clearer and concrete!

The Onlife Initiative has finalised its first phase and delivered a Manifesto and a series of contributions feeding this Manifesto and putting it in context. The purpose of the July 9 meeting was to go beyond the Manifesto, by submitting it to a critical expertise and drawing policy ideas that could inspire the next policy framework. We proceeded in three steps.

1. Welcome, tour de table and presentation

Franco Accordino, Luciano Floridi and Nicole Dewandre have set the scene with a presentation of  presentation of digital futures, futurium, and the Onlife Initiative. PPTs will be uploaded soon. Each participant introduced him or herself. The list of participants is here.

2. Critical reading of the Manifesto:

Each participant read the Manifesto and expressed comments in a fourfold perspective: (i) things unclear, (ii) points of disagreement, (iii) points of agreement, (iv) blind spots in the Manifesto. The authors of the Manifesto reacted to these comments. The overview of this discussion can be seen here.

3. Draw concrete policy ideas for the next policy frameworks

Using participatory leadership techniques, the group has identified 4 clusters of policy ideas, drawing from the Manifesto, and in particular from its fourth section, i.e. (i) stabilising the notion of a relational self, (ii) becoming a digitally literate society, and (iii) caring for our attentional capabilities.The four clusters of policy ideas are:

1. Onlife as a framework: the next generation of polices will have to go beyond addressing the challenges of the online/digital world, as if it was an add-on to the off-line world. All policies will have to be screened/reviewed  in the perspective of the hyperconnectivity

2. Policies on Bill of Rights: Hyperconnectivity affect in profound ways our living experiences as individuals and collectively. This requires a review of what are the fundamental rights in this new era.

3. Policies on data: The explosion of data and overabundance of information affect in radical ways our relationship to the world (knowledge/information) and our relationship to others (privacy, control, exposure, reputation, image). This calls for policies in order to reequilibrate power balance between citizens, businesses and the states.

4. Policies on new forms of political engagement: Hyperconnectivity opens the way for new forms of political engagement and makes old ones obsolete, or at least in need of review. A balance needs to be found between the different forms of "authority"/legitimacy (wisdom of the crowds, expertise, representation, ...).

The workshop's participants agreed that these policy ideas should inform the forthcoming policy framework at EU level (2015-2020).

4. At the end of the meeting, Mireille Hildebrandt suggested to answer in one sentence to the question: "What does Onlife mean for you?" Indeed, Onlife has been proposed to the authors of the Manifesto by Luciano Floridi, to capture in one word the fact that the disctinction between online and off-line is blurring. But beyond this rationale, Onlife resonates differently for different people, showing the richness of a word and how words, thoughs and visions are intertwined. In the link below, the proposals of the workshop participants, but they are not exhaustive! Feel free to vote or express your own understanding of this word on futurium. 


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Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 9 July, 2013 - 09:00 to 17:30
25 avenue de Beaulieu, 1160 Brussels
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