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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM PAPERS: Information and Computer Ethics in the Age of the Information Revolution, 2-6 July 2012, Birmimgham, UK

Part of the AISB/IACAP World Congress

The symposium on Information and Computer Ethics in the Age of the Information Revolution accepts 
now submissions. The symposium is part of the AISB/IACAP 2012 World Congress, Birmingham 2-6 July 

In the last a half-century, ICTs have become fundamental to our daily lives, to the point of 
becoming indispensable for several of our activities. Ubiquitous technologies have changed our 
way of working, shopping, learning and even waging war. Such changes are so deeply engrained into 
society that speaking of an Information Revolution is justified.

Considering the Information Revolution from an ethical perspective brings to the fore two types 
of questions: applied and theoretical. The former revolve around the ethical problems engendered 
by the deployment, management and design of ICT-based artefacts. They address applied ethical 
issues, like, for example, the right to privacy and anonymity of Internet users, Internet 
neutrality and transparency, the distinction between ownership and use of online resources or 
the waging of informational warfare.

The theoretical questions concern meta-ethical issues such as the very set of criteria on which 
moral judgments rest. The problem is whether the changes determined by the dissemination of ICTs 
have affected so deeply both our lives and our interactions with the environment in which we live 
that it has become necessary to revise the categories for moral judgment. In this context, issues 
concerning, for example, the attribution of a moral stance to digital entities, the criteria by 
which we define moral good and moral evil and the attribution of a moral status to artificial 
agents become of paramount relevance.

The symposium invites contributions related to these two areas of philosophical investigation.

Submission deadline: 08.04.2012

Please contact Mariarosaria Taddeo (
) or visit the symposium website

Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo
Marie Curie Fellow - University of Hertfordshire Senior Research Associate - Information Ethics 
Group (IEG), University of Oxford