Keynote: The Future Internet [Dewandre] :: SESERV Workshop

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Keynote: The Future Internet [Dewandre] :: SESERV Workshop

  1. 1. Societal interface of the Digital Agenda for Europe Societal impact and policymaking Nicole Dewandre Adviser to the DG DG Information Society and Media European Commission nicole.dewandre@ec.europa.eu
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>From sustainable development to information society: 2 lessons learned </li></ul><ul><li>Specificity of the digital transition </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations from the public sector? </li></ul><ul><li>Our related needs </li></ul>
  3. 3. From sustainable development to information society… <ul><li>Electric speed […] has heightened human awareness of responsibility to an intense degree… </li></ul><ul><li>This is the Age of Anxiety … </li></ul><ul><li>Mac Luhan, 1964 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lessons learned in the SD context <ul><li>Integration and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Science and policy </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1st lesson: Integration & diversity Self (identity mechanisms) inclusive confident agressive defensive I><D exclusive dismissive I&D curious respectful If… If… Then… Openness & interoperability! Other (engagement with…)
  6. 6. 2 nd lesson: Science and policy Body of knowledge ICT Transport Bio- chemistry Social sciences Energy Material science Linkages / Boundaries / Processes Mental frame
  7. 7. 2 nd lesson: Science and policy <ul><li>No trivial link from knowledge to action, … </li></ul><ul><li>Jumping over our shadow: can we really do it? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we manage collectively the fact that we can’t? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it what we address when speaking about complexity? </li></ul>
  8. 8. The specificity of the digital transition <ul><li>Human/Artefact/Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Scarcity/Abundance </li></ul><ul><li>Reality/Virtuality </li></ul>From philosophy to common sense and politics… Collective learning Extended literacy 3 tectonic mental shifts
  9. 9. Expectations from the public sector/1 A balanced mix of classicism and radicality <ul><li>Past-anchored </li></ul><ul><li>Future-anchored </li></ul><ul><li>Established </li></ul><ul><li>stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Grass-root </li></ul><ul><li>stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigation & </li></ul><ul><li>preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipation & </li></ul><ul><li>openings </li></ul>
  10. 10. Expectations from the public sector/2 Epictetus rather than Zeus Taking responsibility for what depends on us (subsidiarity with God;-) Zeus’ posture? Output-based legitimacy «  Look at what I do for you!  » «  It’s good for you  » Stoïc posture! No! Yes!
  11. 11. Expectations from the public sector/3 Interoperability in policy making <ul><li>Between Global, European, national, local, but also… </li></ul><ul><li>Between organisations, individuals, and… </li></ul><ul><li>Between scientific disciplines, between science and policy, etc… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Expectations from the public sector/4 Which endorsement? <ul><li>Strive for universal minimum access and reliability </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that Europeans reap benefits from the digital transition </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigate commercial pressure on citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Nurture the European values in the digital era </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure European contribution to the global digital society </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our related needs, as public sector <ul><li>Stakeholders to engage… </li></ul><ul><li>Digital social sciences to understand and sustain smart synthesis ! </li></ul>
  14. 14. What about… <ul><li>… Aiming at making portable devices a truly intimate part of ourselves? </li></ul><ul><li>After all, that’s what they are… </li></ul><ul><li>And that would dry out both (i) motivation for stealing them and (ii) fear of having them stolen! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Invitation : Platforms for Collective Awareness and Action <ul><li>Supporting grassroot processes creating among citizens a 'collective awareness ' </li></ul><ul><ul><li>about the sustainability problems of the planet and the possible solutions, to be addressed at individual and collective levels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Based on the integration of online social systems , distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments </li></ul><ul><li>Brussels, 9/9/11 : 1st dialogue between civil society, citizens and institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/collectiveawareness </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Thanks for your attention Time to try the Age of Confidence? This is the Age of Anxiety Mac Luhan 1964

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