This section provides an overview of and links to Information Ethics and ICIE-related publications.


The IRIE is the official journal of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE). It envisions an international as well as intercultural discussion focusing on the ethical impacts of information technology on human practices and thinking, social interaction, other areas of science and research and the society itself.

The journal seeks to be a general forum for ethical scholarship in this area. It seeks to publish the best available scientific works concerned twice a year in an online edition.

The Volume 28 was published in 2020 followed by Volume 29 in 2021. A set of papers were brought together that were presented at conferences hosted by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) as well as the AI4IA conference organised by the UNESCO IFAP Working Group on Information Accessiblity. These events have made AI, Ethics and Society an area of research focus. These editions considered themes from ethical best practices for industry and government developing responsible AI services to aligning cultural and societal values in AI design, the role of researchers from social sciences and humanities disciplines in ethical innovation in the AI sector, and methods for interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration between interested in responsible AI.




The Nelson Mandela Reader

Editors: Coetzee Bester, Johannes Britz, Rafael Capurro and Rachel Fischer

The idea for the Nelson Mandela Reader arose during the International Policy Dialogue on IFAP Priority Areas focused on BRICS conference held in Cape Town on July 4-6, 2018. The conference participants visited Robben Island, the prison site of former South African president Nelson Mandela. The tour guide recapitulated Mandela’s life and struggle for freedom in South Africa as well as the common political goals of both Mandela and his predecessor, Frederik Willem de Klerk, to overcome apartheid.

The confluence of South African history culminating in Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, is not unlike similar situations in other societies and can be reflected on to provide a sense of orientation in 'language struggles' that are at the same time political, economic and, last but not least, cultural.  Among the manifest topics in Mandela's biography is the question of perspective. Perspective provided a thread of unity to Mandela's life and to his reflection thereon. His perspective brings to light issues of (in-) human information and communication as addressed before, during and after the time of his imprisonment. It outlines the history of his country and continent as a struggle against what can be called information and communication apartheid.

Issues of apartheid extend beyond South Africa, as Mandela himself was well aware. Upon reflecting on the historical situation of apartheid South Africa, Mandela envisioned a universal solution out of the unique historical and cultural background.

This Reader contains 12 essays who reflect on the life and contribution of Nelson Mandela, through the lens of Information Ethics.

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Foundations of Information Ethics

Editors: John T. F. Burgess & Emily J. M. Knox


Foreword by Robert Hauptman:

As discussions about the roles played by information in economic, political, and social arenas continue to evolve, the need for an intellectual primer on information ethics that also functions as a solid working casebook for LIS students and professionals has never been more urgent. This text, written by a stellar group of ethics scholars and contributors from around the globe, expertly fills that need. Organized into twelve chapters, making it ideal for use by instructors, this volume from editors Burgess and Knox

  • thoroughly covers principles and concepts in information ethics, as well as the history of ethics in the information professions;

  • examines human rights, information access, privacy, discourse, intellectual property, censorship, data and cybersecurity ethics, intercultural information ethics, and global digital citizenship and responsibility;

  • synthesizes the philosophical underpinnings of these key subjects with abundant primary source material to provide historical context along with timely and relevant case studies;

  • features contributions from John M. Budd, Paul T. Jaeger, Rachel Fischer, Margaret Zimmerman, Kathrine A. Henderson, Peter Darch, Michael Zimmer, and Masooda Bashir, among others; and

  • offers a special concluding chapter by Amelia Gibson that explores emerging issues in information ethics, including discussions ranging from the ethics of social media and social movements to AI decision making.


This important survey will be a key text for LIS students and an essential reference work for practitioners.


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Information Cultures in the Digital Age
A Festschrift in Honor of Rafael Capurro
Editors: Kelly, Matthew, Bielby, Jared



ICIE Book Series / Schriftenreihe des ICIE


  • Netzethik. Grundlegungsfragen der Internetethik edited by Thomas Hausmanninger and Rafael Capurro, ICIE Series Vol. 1, Munich 2002. See: I. ICIE-Symposium: Conceptions of Information Ethics, February 28 - March 2, 2001, Augsburg, Germany.


  • Handeln im Netz. Bereichsethiken und Jugendschutz im Internet edited by Thomas Hausmanninger, ICIE Series Vol. 2, Munich 2003.


  • Vernetzt gespalten. Der Digital Divide in ethischer Perspektive edited by Rupert M. Scheule, Rafael Capurro, Thomas Hausmanninger, ICIE Series Vol. 3, Munich 2004.


  • Localizing the Internet. Ethical Aspects in Intercultural Perspective edited by Rafael Capurro, Johannes Frühbauer, Thomas Hausmanninger, ICIE Series Vol. 4, Munich 2007.


  • Messages and Messengers. Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology of Communication edited by Rafael Capurro and John Holgate, ICIE Series Vol. 5, Munich 2011