This is a conference focused on information ethics, primarily from a philosophical perspective, but including a few empirical researchers such as myself and Helen Nissenbaum, and legal scholars, such as David Erdos. It is supported by the Uehiro Foundation, and organized by the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. Of course, as in most multi-disciplinary conferences, it is easy to feel quite marginal within this circle, but the issues arising are cross-cutting and open to debate from beyond philosophical perspectives – in fact, it is nice to remind others of the importance of social and empirical research. One of the most interesting aspects is the fact that I can’t find much about the conference online, so hopefully this post will correct that.

2010 Uehiro/Carnegie/Oxford Conference

Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th December 2010

Information Ethics: Future of Humanities

WEDNESDAY 8 DECEMBER

8.30 a.m. Registration opens.  Coffee, tea and muffins provided

OPENING REMARKS

9.00 a.m. Professor Julian Savulescu (Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre)

KEYNOTE SPEECH

9.30 a.m. Is the Society of Cohabitation with Robots Possible?

Professor Toru Nishigaki (The University of Tokyo)

10.15 a.m. Short break

FIRST SPEAKER SESSION

10.30 a.m. Beyond Humanisms

Professor Rafael Capurro (Steinbeis University Berlin)

11.15 a.m. Discussion

11.30 a.m. The Virtual Other: Thinking about virtuality and the future of ethics

Professor Lucas Introna (Lancaster University)

12.15 p.m. Discussion

12.30 p.m. Lunch

SECOND SPEAKER SESSION

1.30 p.m. Ethical challenges of information poverty

Professor Johannes Britz (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

2.15 p.m. Discussion

2.30 p.m. Sustainability and self-organization: sustainability seen in the perspective of complexity and systems science and ethical considerations

Professor Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Vienna University of Technology)

3.15 p.m. Discussion

3.30 p.m. Refreshments

THIRD SPEAKER SESSION

3.45 p.m.   The fuzzy brain: extended minds, neural interfaces and collective intelligence

Dr Anders Sandberg (Research Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre)

4.15 p.m. Discussion

4.30 p.m. Life-Log and Privacy

Dr. Fumio Shimpo (Keio University)

5.30 p.m. Discussion

6.30 p.m. Reception and Dinner to follow at St. Cross College hosted by
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton

Speeches:

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton (opening speech)

Dr. Maruyama, Secretary General, The Uehiro Foundation

Dr. Rosenthal, President, The Carnegie Council

(Dress code: Business dress)

THURSDAY 9 DECEMBER

9.30 a.m. Registration opens.  Coffee, tea and muffins provided

FOURTH SPEAKER SESSION

10.00 a.m. Data Protection: An Appropriate Framework for Personal Information Ethics?

Dr. David Erdos (University of Oxford)

10.45 a.m. Discussion

11.00 a.m. Moral Panics Over the Internet

Dr. William H. Dutton (University of Oxford)

11.45 a.m. Discussion

12.00 p.m. Lunch

FIFTH SPEAKER SESSION

1.00 p.m. Humanity and Freedom from the Viewpoint of Information

Dr. Tadashi Takenouchi (The University of Tokyo)

1.45 p.m. Discussion

2.00 p.m. Does Privacy in Context endorse Moral Relativism?

Professor Helen Nissenbaum (New York University)

2:45 p.m. Discussion

3.00 p.m. CLOSING ADDRESS
Mr. Hisateru Onozuka (Director, Uehiro Foundation)


About

William H. Dutton (B.A. University of Missouri; M.A., PhD. SUNYBuffalo, 1974) is Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College.