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CIPR Announces 2010-2011 Fellow Luciano Floridi

Jun 25, 2010   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Announces 2010-2011 Fellow Luciano Floridi

The Center for Information Policy Research is pleased to announce 2010-2011 CIPR fellow Luciano Floridi!

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire — where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information and the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics — and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford, where he is the founder and director of the IEG, Oxford University interdepartmental research group on the philosophy of information. His research areas are the philosophy of computing and information, information/computer ethics, philosophy of technology, epistemology and philosophy of logic.

While a CIPR Fellow, Floridi will lead a select group of SOIS PhD students through a critical investigation of the philosophy of information.

For more information on Dr. Floridi, visit his webpage at philosophyofinformation.net.

For more information on the CIPR Fellows program, click here.

CIPR Associate Michael Zimmer in The Huffington Post

Jun 3, 2010   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Associate Michael Zimmer in The Huffington Post

CIPR Associate Michael Zimmer is co-author on an op-ed in The Huffington Post, along with Chris Jay Hoofnagle, director of information privacy programs at the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law & Technology.

The piece, “How to Win Friends and Manipulate People,” critiques the “Machiavellian public relations strategy” of information-intensive companies, such as Facebook, in which “companies introduce ‘features’ that invariably result in more information being shared with advertisers, wait for a negative reaction, and then announce minimal changes without affecting the new feature. They explain away the fuss with public relations spin: ‘we are listening to our users,’ ‘we didn’t get it right this time,’ ‘we look forward to your feedback,’ etc.”

Check out the full piece here. You can also read more about privacy issues and Facebook at Michael Zimmer’s blog.

2011 Computer Ethics Hosts

Nov 14, 2009   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on 2011 Computer Ethics Hosts

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Information Policy Research and School of Information Studies have been selected to host the 2011 Computer Ethics, Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) Conference!The theme of the internationally recognized conference is Crossing Boundaries: Ethics in Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Relations and topics will include:

  • E-governance
  • E-waste
  • E-politics
  • Intercultural ethics
  • Professional Ethics
  • International ethics, law and policy issues
  • E-crime and security
  • E-Research Ethics

More details will be posted soon!

CIPR is the institutional home to the International Society of Ethics and Information Technology, the association which sponsors CEPE.

Spring 2010 Fieldwork

Nov 12, 2009   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on Spring 2010 Fieldwork

The Center for Information Policy Research is collaborating with the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to provide a valuable and interesting learning opportunity for SOIS students.

The goal of the OIF is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. The student will work with Assistant Director of the OIF, Angela Maycock, on development and content population of the Privacy Revolution Web site (http://www.privacyrevolution.org/) and maintaining an active online presence, through Twitter, online events, and other online forums.

The suitable student will have strong communication skills, will be mature and self-directed, knowledgeable of web 2.0 tools and platforms, content manage systems, and able to work in a team-environment.

Students will visit the OIF and get hands on experience at ALA, as well as work in the CIPR to support the events and activities of the OIF, as appropriate. CIPR will be sponsoring Privacy Week events in Milwaukee, and the fieldworkers will be a part of the planning and development of those events.

For more information, contact CIPR Director Elizabeth Buchanan at eliz1679@uwm.edu