Norms for the New Public Sphere is an AHRC-funded philosophy project that will run from 2019-2022. The project investigates the opportunities and challenges that new social media pose for a well-constituted public sphere, and aims to develop a set of norms that can underpin a media policy framework appropriate to the internet age.  The project focuses on three core principles, asking how to understand them, their interactions and limitations, and their implications for a modern public sphere. These principles are: an epistemic value principle supporting acquisition and sharing of knowledge; a liberal self-government principle protecting equal participation rights, and constituting participants as a self-governing polity; and a principle requiring appropriate space for privacy.

The project members are: Rowan Cruft (Professor of Philosophy, University of Stirling), Fabienne Peter (Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick), Dr Jonathan Heawood (Project Senior Research Fellow and founding Chief Executive, IMPRESS), Dr Natalie Alana Ashton (Project Research Fellow, University of Stirling) and Dr Michele Giavazzi (Research Assistant, University of Warwick). The project has a partnership with Doteveryone, a think-tank ‘championing responsible tech for a fairer future’.