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Information Ethics - May 4, 2010

It is our pleasure to host this distinguished lecture by Prof. Dr. Rafael Capurro, Distinguished Researcher in Information Ethics, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. The lecture will be followed by a reception.
Please feel free to forward this invitation.

Abstract: Digital ethics or information ethics in a broader sense deals with the impact of digital Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on our societies and the environment at large. In a narrower sense information ethics (or digital media ethics) addresses ethical questions dealing with the internet and internetworked information and communication media such as mobile phones and navigation services.
Issues such as privacy, information overload, internet addiction, digital divide, surveillance and robotics are discussed today particularly from an intercultural perspective. The message of this paper is that information ethics can and should contribute to address and find sustainable solutions to the technological challenges of the digital age.

Prof. Rafael Capurro studied Humanities and Philosophy in Chile and Argentina and did a doctorate in 1978 in Philosophy at the University of Dusseldorf. Afterwards he was active in Information Management at the Fachinformationszentrum in Karlsruhe (1980-1985). After the postdoctoral teaching qualification in Practical Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart he was lecturer (1989-2004). In 1986 he became Professor of Information Management and Information Ethics at the (today's) Stuttgart Media University (Stuttgart) (1986-2009). In 1999 he founded the International Center for information Ethics (ICIE). He is a member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) of the European Commission since 2001, Distinguished Researcher in Information Ethics of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA), Publisher of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) and Director of the Steinbeis-Transfer-Institut Information Ethics (STI-IE).