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 2012. http://events.cs.bham.ac.uk/turing12/
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or visit the symposium websitehttp://www.informationethics.net/ICESymposium/index.html