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The ONLIFE Initiative—a Concept Reengineering Exercise

The ONLIFE Initiative—a Concept Reengineering Exercise Philos. Technol. (2015) 28:157–162 DOI 10.1007/s13347-015-0189-8 COMMENTARY The ONLIFE Initiative—a Concept Reengineering Exercise Judith Simon & Charles Ess Published online: 12 February 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015 1 Background and Process In February 2012, the European Commission (DG Connect) launched BThe ONLIFE Initiative—a Concept Reengineering Exercise^ within the context of the Digital Agen- da for Europe. Initiated by Nicole Dewandre of the EC and chaired by Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford), scholars from various academic backgrounds were invited to discuss the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on individ- ual, social and public lives. Of particular concern were the policy-relevant conse- quences of ICT-related developments. Taking Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958) as an initial inspiration, we sought to better understand and articulate the interactions of ICTs with notions of public space in particular and our contemporary lifeworld more generally. As the subtitle BConcept Reengineering Exercise^ indicates, the initial focus of this exercise was on re-assessing the conceptual toolbox with which we aim to understand and address these changes. As a prime example of such reengineering, we endorsed Floridi’s understanding of BONLIFE^: contra strong distinctions between our offline and online lives and experiences that characterized earlier conceptualizations http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

The ONLIFE Initiative—a Concept Reengineering Exercise

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 28 (1) – Feb 12, 2015

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2015 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Technology
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2210-5433
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2210-5441
DOI
10.1007/s13347-015-0189-8
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Abstract

Philos. Technol. (2015) 28:157–162 DOI 10.1007/s13347-015-0189-8 COMMENTARY The ONLIFE Initiative—a Concept Reengineering Exercise Judith Simon & Charles Ess Published online: 12 February 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015 1 Background and Process In February 2012, the European Commission (DG Connect) launched BThe ONLIFE Initiative—a Concept Reengineering Exercise^ within the context of the Digital Agen- da for Europe. Initiated by Nicole Dewandre of the EC and chaired by Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford), scholars from various academic backgrounds were invited to discuss the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on individ- ual, social and public lives. Of particular concern were the policy-relevant conse- quences of ICT-related developments. Taking Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958) as an initial inspiration, we sought to better understand and articulate the interactions of ICTs with notions of public space in particular and our contemporary lifeworld more generally. As the subtitle BConcept Reengineering Exercise^ indicates, the initial focus of this exercise was on re-assessing the conceptual toolbox with which we aim to understand and address these changes. As a prime example of such reengineering, we endorsed Floridi’s understanding of BONLIFE^: contra strong distinctions between our offline and online lives and experiences that characterized earlier conceptualizations

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Philosophy & TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Feb 12, 2015

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