Subject: Weizenbaum Award Winner and CEPE 2013
Date: 7 September 2012 14:45:48 GMT+01:00
It is with great honor that I announce the 2012-2013 Weizenbaum Award Winner: Dr. Luciano Floridi. We had three amazing candidates this year, and the committee was hard pressed to determine the recipient.
We are proud that Dr. Floridi continues his work in the field of information and computer ethics and contributes above and beyond to the profession. The board and membership of INSEIT is proud to share in this well-deserved celebration with him.
I share with you portions from his nomination letter:
Since 2009, Luciano has served as UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics. Since 2007, he has been Professor of Philosophy, Research Chair in Philosophy of Information, Department of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire. He is also Distinguished
Research Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Fellow by special election, St Cross College, Oxford, Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, and a senior member of the Faculty
of Philosophy, University of Oxford.
Since 2010, Luciano has served at the Editor –in-Chief of Philosophy and Technology (Springer) and is a member of the editorial boards of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer), Etica e Politica (Department of Philosophy, University of Trieste), International
Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (Springer), Minds and Machines (Springer), Synthese (subject editor – philosophy of computing and information) (Springer), Telematics & Informatics (Elsevier), The Information Society (associate editor - philosophy
of information). Columnist for The Philosopher’s Magazine.
In 2012 Luciano was named Chairman of the expert group, organised by the DG INFSO of European Commission, on the impact of information and communication technologies on the digital transformations occurring in the European society. He has also been a Member
of the Ethics Strategic Panel of the British Computer Society.
In the past, Luciano was elected President of the International Association of Computing And Philosophy (IACAP, 2006-2010), member of the Executive Board of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT, 2006-2010), Vice-President
of IACAP (2003-2006), member of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Computers (PAC, 2000-2004), Vice-chairman of Interacta, the Italian Association for Interactive Communication (1996-1997). Founder and Director of the Italian
Web Site for Philosophy (SWIF, 1995-2008).
His articles are too numerous to mention. He has been an invited speaker and given keynote addresses at all the major ethics conferences and is booked well into 2013. I could go on and on, but all of us who have worked in this field know his work quite
well. Lucicano’s work has served to inspire all of us who write in the field of ICT to critically examine where this field is taking us. This is what Joseph Weizenbaum asked us to do in 1984. He is richly deserving of this award.
Dr. Floridi will receive the award and present the Weizenbaum lecture in Lisbon, in June 2013. Please see the CEPE conference site at
for updates on the conference, which will be jointly held with SPT. It will be an exciting and
innovative event, and we hope to see you there!
Again, with congratulations to Dr. Luciano Floridi on receiving this prestigious award.
With best regards,
Elizabeth Buchanan, on behalf of the INSEIT Board
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