Information and Computer Ethics in The Age of Information Revolution


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 and the criteria by which we define moral good and moral evil become of paramount relevance.

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

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The symposium of World Congress organised by AISB and IACAP. The Congress has been inspired by a desire to honour Alan Turing and by the broad and deep significance of Turing's work to AI and to the philosophical ramifications of computing.

The Congress is part of the Alan Turing Year.

The Symposium