It is often thought that philosophy is the luxury of persons who enjoy the beauty of the world of ideas, only. However, answers to philosophical questions like the ones above have concrete and direct implications on the design of policy frameworks.
The deployment and uptake of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has a radical impact on the human condition, insofar as they modify relationships to ourselves, to others and to the world. In order to explore the policy-relevant consequences of the changes brought about by hyperconnectivity, a group of scholars in anthropology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, law, neuroscience, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology initiated a collective thought exercise, the Onlife Initiative.
The group, chaired by Luciano Floridi - Professor of Philosophy, UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics at the University of Hertfordshire and fellow of St Cross College, Oxford - has chosen to publish the Onlife Manifesto, which reviews the referential frameworks on which policies are built. This document was released on the 8th of February 2013 so as to contribute to the debate on the impacts of the hyperconnected era on public spaces, politics and societal expectations.