Capurro Presents Lecture


SIS is pleased to announce the Rafael Capurro, Professor of Information Management and Information Ethics at Stuttgart Media University, will present a lecture as part of the “Policy, Ethics and Accountability Lecture Series” on Friday, November 10, 2006.  Professor Capurro's presentation will focus on intercultural aspects of privacy, including privacy in cyberspace and mass media. He will address differences between Japanese and Western contexts. Beginning with a brief overview of Western subjectivity and human dignity as the basic assumptions underlying Western views on privacy, he will also discuss the Western concept of informational privacy. Using the Japanese topic of "denial of self" (Musi) as well as other Japanese concepts, the presentation will speak to important differences among cultures.

This lecture, presented as part of the “Policy, Ethics and Accountability Lecture Series,” is free and open to the public.  The lecture will take place on November 10, at 10:30 am at the William Pitt Union’s Assembly Room on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  A coffee will precede the lecture, beginning at 10:00 am in the same location.   The “Policy, Ethics and Accountability Lecture Series” is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences and the Johnson Institute for Responsible Government at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  This lecture is also part of the School of Information Sciences’ event, scheduled for November 8, 9, 10, 2006.  The lecture is supported in part by the Elsevier Foundation. 

Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay Dr. Capurro earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Düsseldorf University in 1978. He is the founder of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE), a virtual center that provides an open forum for the exchange of information on teaching and research in the information ethics field. Additionally, Dr. Capurro is the Editor in Chief of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE), the official journal of the ICIE, whose focus is on the ethical considerations of information technology on human practices, thinking, and social interaction.  Dr. Capurro is the author of numerous scholarly works and presentations on topics ranging from “Ethics Between Law and Public Policy” to “The Concept of Information” and “What is Angeletics?”

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