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Luciano Floridi


Luciano Floridi

Luciano Floridi
University of Oxford  UK

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is the Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute. He is an international expert on the philosophy and ethics of information, two research areas he has contributed to establish. In 2012-13, he was Chairman of EU Commission's "Onlife Initiative". He is currently member of Google Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten”. His most recent books are: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP, 2014), The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013), The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011), The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (editor, CUP, 2010), and Information: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010).


Project: The Normative Foundations of an Information Society (NFIS).Normative questions crucial for human welfare have been a research priority for some time in biomedical and environmental contexts. However, the equally important, normative framework, indispensable for dealing with the new challenges posed by information and communication technologies (ICTs), still needs to be developed. This is the task to which the NFIS project intends to contribute. It is a task that is feasible, as work in the aforementioned contexts proves. It is also a pressing task, because ICTs play an ever-growing role in individual and social welfare. ICTs continue to bring enormous benefits and opportunities to an increasing number of people. However, they have also greatly outpaced our understanding of their legal and ethical impact and long-term implications, while raising significant normative challenges. The NFIS project intends to improve the normative framework within which these challenges can be addressed successfully.

Stay period:  JAN 15 - JUN 15