Showing posts from November, 2008

CPDP 2009: Data Protection in A Profiled World?

Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference CPDP 2009: Data Protection in A Profiled World? 16&17 January 2009, de Buren, Brussels Data protection and privacy increasingly face new challenges posed by technologies and policies as well as society and individual expectations. Identifying and addressing such issues is the main goal of the annual Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) conference. The CPDP Conference aims at bridging policymakers, academics, practitioners and activists to create the most appropriate forum of discussion on key challenges. It combines informative panels with the latest agenda news from data protection stakeholders and panels with current topics of interests. The main topic of interest on this year's CDPD Conference Data Protection in A Profiled World is 'profiling and automatic computing'. Other topics are: e-voting and data breaches, e-privacy regulations and surveillance, privacy by design and social networks as well as

The Philosophy of Identity in the Virtual

THIS SYMPOSIUM IS PART OF VRIC'09 AT LAVAL VIRTUAL The Philosophy of Identity in the VirtualSymposium n° 6 (of 6), April 23, 9-12 AM / 2-5 PM For information on the venue and related Symposiums: Topic Difference, Relation and Identity are three notions that are fundamentals for the success of Virtual Reality technologies (VR and AR). The aim of this symposium is to conceptualise the Identity of an individual as a scientific concept whilst acknowledging the fact that Identity cannot be studied without considering the other two notions. The pros and cons of designing identities for or within VR become obvious upon admitting that representing any Self will be interpreted at some point by someone having his own values, opinions and experience in life. Members of our society that self-procure, attribute or redistribute Identity in the Virtual World bring about psychological enquiries in relation to user intentionality, specific uses of VR ap

CFP: The Philosophy of Computer Science

Preliminary Call for Papers ================================== THE PHILOSOPHY OF COMPUTER SCIENCE ================================== Special issue of Minds and Machines (2010) and Track in the 7th European conf. on Computing And Philosophy—ECAP 2009 THEME Two special editions of Minds and Machines (2007) and the Journal of Applied Logic (2008) dedicated to the philosophy of computer science have already appeared in print. Another special edition of Minds and Machines is planned for 2010. Papers submitted to the “Philosophy of Computer Science” track in ECAP 2009 will also be considered for publication in the special issue of Minds and Machines. We invite submissions concerned with philosophical issues that arise from reflection upon the nature and practice of the academic discipline of computer science. In particular we welcome submissions concerned with questions such as the following: 1. What kinds of things are programs? Are they abstract or concrete? (Moor 1978; Colburn 2

PhD positions in Formal Epistemology

The Formal Epistemology Project (FEP) at the Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy at the University of Leuven, Belgium, announces several PhD positions in formal epistemology. The positions are open to students with a background in one or more of the following areas: Philosophy, Logic, Computer Science, Linguistics, Mathematics, Psychology, and Economics. Students with an interest in any area of formal epistemology (epistemic logics, probabilistic approaches etc.) are encouraged to apply. The positions are fully funded for three years, at 1600-1700 Euros per month (net). The Project's language is English. More information about FEP is available at DEADLINE: December 31st, 2008. Applications should include the following: A cover letter. A CV. A full academic transcript or equivalent (original copy). Three letters of reference (to be sent separately, directly by the referees). A research proposal (500-1000w). Two writing samples not total

AP-CAP 2008

The Fourth Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference ( AP-CAP 2008 ) will be held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) , Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India, during December 5—7, 2008. This is the first time this conference is being held in India. It is jointly organized by Centre for Philosophy, NIAS, and the Association for Logic in India (ALI).

ECAP 2008 - 7th European Computing and Philosophy Conference

Call for Papers ECAP09 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, July 2-4, 2009 Chair: Jordi Vallverdú, IMPORTANT DATES February 23rd, 2009: Abstracts submission deadline March 16th, 2009: Notification of acceptance April 24th, 2009: Start of wiki-debates May 11th, 2009: Early registration deadline July 2nd - 4th, 2009: Conference GENERAL INFORMATION From Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 July 2009 the European Conference on COMPUTING AND PHILOSOPHY (E-CAP 2009) will be held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (very close to Barcelona city, Catalonia). E-CAP is the European conference on Computing and Philosophy, the European affiliate of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP, president: Luciano Floridi). ECAP'09 is the seventh conference in the annual series. PROGRAM The conference is interdisciplinary: we invite papers from philosophy, computer science, social science and relat

Luciano Floridi’s Philosophy of Information and Information Ethics: Critical Reflections and the State of the Art

Well, it is self-referential, so I'm a bit self-conscious... but here are the news: Ethics and Information Technology , Springer, has published a special issue in two numbers dedicated to “Luciano Floridi’s Philosophy of Information and Information Ethics: Critical Reflections and the State of the Art”, edited by Charles Ess. Volume 10, Numbers 2-3, 2008. EIT is the most important and influential "peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology". This is the first time it dedicates a special issue to a researcher’s achievements. The special issue comprises ten articles by some of the most important researchers in the area and a final reply by Floridi: Charles Ess, Luciano Floridi’s philosophy of information and information ethics: Critical reflections and the state of the art Bernd Carsten Stahl, Discourses on information ethics: The claim to universality Philip Brey, Do we

America at its best again

Wonderful news. We really needed them badly. Two quick comments. 1) You can draw a straight line between the openings of two of America's greatest speeches: "I have a dream" and "If there is anyone". From the introspective, to the objective, allo-centric view, this is how the US have overcome one of their worst crisis and social problem. 2) None of the five good emperors of Rome were actually born in Rome. They were totally Romans though, just as Obama is absolutely American। The US just got a new lease from history. They deserve it. PS Obama was born in the US of course, or he could not have run for the presidency. (Schwarzenegger docet. You can at most become Governor.)