Mobile access to internet, IoT, Big Data: all these developments concur to the blurring of the distinction between the off-line and the online environments. The Onlife Initiative explored the societal consequences of this radical transition, and called for the need of re-engineering fundamental notions on which policy frameworks are built.
Is autonomy a good proxi for freedom, now that relationality is at the heart of the life experience? Is precaution about anticipation and risk-avoidance or about critical accompaniment of technological developments? Will transparency and control provide a sense of fairness and respect, or will it lead to a drowning experience for users? Addressing these questions is of utmost importance if policy-making is to succeed in fostering responsible innovation.
A debate took place in the European Parliament on December 2 at 17.00.
Robert Madelin, director general of DG CONNECT, moderated the discussion.