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Information Cultures in the Digital Age

A Festschrift in Honor of Rafael Capurro

For several decades Rafael Capurro has been at the forefront of defining the relationship between information and modernity through both phenomenological and ethical formulations. In exploring both of these themes Capurro has re-vivified the transcultural and intercultural expressions of how we bring an understanding of information to bear on scientific knowledge production and intermediation. Capurro has long stressed the need to look deeply into how we contextualize the information problems that scientific society creates for us and to re-incorporate a pragmatic dimension into our response that provides a balance to the cognitive turn in information science.


With contributions from 35 scholars from 15 countries, Information Cultures in the Digital Age focuses on the culture and philosophy of information, information ethics, the relationship of information to message, the historic and semiotic understanding of information, the relationship of information to power and the future of information education. This Festschrift seeks to celebrate Rafael Capurro’s important contribution to a global dialogue on how information conceptualisation, use and technology impact human culture and the ethical questions that arise from this dynamic relationship.

The Festschrift is complemented by Rafael Capurro's Information Cultures in the Digital Age: Thanks And Responses.

Weizenbaum Award 2020

The International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT)/Joseph Weizenbaum Award in Information and Computer Ethics is awarded every two years to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of information and computer ethics through his/her research, service, and vision. The recipient’s work should have broad professional, theoretical or societal impact.

The ICIE is excessively proud that its founder, Rafael Capurro, won the reward in 2020. Rafael is a philosopher and academic specialist in the field of information ethics, Founder of the ICIE and IRIE, Member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) to the European Commission, Professor Emeritus at Stuttgart Media University, Germany. He specialises on foundations of information science, information ethics, bioethics, information management, philosophy of information, hermeneutics.

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