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Two Philosophers of the Information Age

THE FUTURE OF PHILOSOPHY: METAPHILOSOPHICAL DIRECTIONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. A Symposium Marking the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of the Journal Metaphilosophy. FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER, Institute of Philosophy, School of Avanced Studies, London. Terrell Ward Bynum's lecture: Two Philosophers of the Information Age: Robert Wiener and Luciano Floridi.

New introduction to information and computer ethics

The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics Edited by Luciano Floridi Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have profoundly changed many aspects of life, including the nature of entertainment, work, communication, education, healthcare, industrial production and business, social relations and conflicts. They have had a radical and widespread impact on our moral lives and hence on contemporary ethical debates. The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics provides an ambitious and authoritative introduction to the field, with discussions of a range of topics including privacy, ownership, freedom of speech, responsibility, technological determinism, the digital divide, cyber warfare, and online pornography. It offers an accessible and thoughtful survey of the transformations brought about by ICTs and their implications for the future of human life and society, for the evaluation of behaviour, and for the evolution of moral values and rights. It w

If you are interested in understanding what information is

Information: A Very Short Introduction Luciano Floridi Very Short Introductions 152 pages | 15 black and white line drawings | 174x111mm 978-0-19-955137-8 | Paperback | February 2010 Price: £7.99 Explores a concept central to modern science and society, from thermodynamics and DNA to our use of the mobile phone and the Internet. Considers concepts such as 'Infoglut' (too much information to process) and the emergence of an information society. Addresses the meaning and value of information in science, sociology, and philosophy. Raises the broader social and ethical issues relating to privacy, accessibility, and ownership of information. We live an information-soaked existence - information pours into our lives through television, radio, books, and of course, the Internet. Some say we suffer from 'infoglut'. But what is information? The concept of 'information' is a profound one, rooted in mathematics, central to whole branches of science, yet with