Rafael Capurro


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    Licenciate in Philosophy from Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (1971).
    Dr.phil. in Philosophy from Düsseldorf University (1978).

    Postdoctoral teaching qualification (Habilitation) in Practical Philosophy (Ethics) from Stuttgart University (1989).
    Lecturer / Privatdozent at the Institute of Philosophy, Stuttgart University (1989-2004)
    Professor emeritus of Information Science and Information Ethics at Suttgart Media University, Germany (1986-2009).

    Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Digital Ethics (IDE), Stuttgart Media University (since 2014)

    Founder and Chair of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE) (since 1999)


    Member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) to the European Commission (2000-2010)
    Steinbeis Hochschule Berlin: Transfer-Institute Information Ethics, Director (2008-2013).
    Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan (since 2014)

    Senior Fellow of  the 
    Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan (since 2014). 
    Research Associate in the Department of Information Science, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2017-2019).

    Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) (2004)


    Co-Founder of the Capurro Fiek Foundation for Information Ethics (CFF)

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    Distinguished Researcher at the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics (ACEIE), Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa (since 2012)


    Co-Founder of the African Network for Information Ethics (ANIE) (since 2007).


    Special ANIE Award for a decade of contributions to Information Ethics in Africa  (2004-2014)

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    ANIE Award  at the 10th Year ANIEversary  Summit (2007-2017), Pretoria 21-23 Febr  2017. (See final programme)

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    Member of the Advisory Board of ID4Africa


    Member of the Advisory Boarad for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility of Daimler AG (2016-2017).

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Information Cultures

Philosophy of Information


Glossarium BITri. Interdisciplinary Elucidation of Concepts, Metaphors, Theories and Problems Concernning Information. Coordinators: José María Díaz Nafría, Mario Pérez-Montoro Gutiérrez, Francisco Salto Alemany. Contributions on: angeletics, hermeneutics, intercultural information ethics, message, roboethics, information ethics. Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena (ed.), Ecuador, 2016.


Reports and contributions at WSIS and UNESCO Meetings

CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action. Conference on UNESCO's Internet Study: Access, free expression, privacy and ethics. Paris, March 3-4, 2015.

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Breakout Session 4: Ethics (3 March 2015). From right to left: 
Cotzee Bester (Director, African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics, Pretoria, South Africa)
Porntip Yenjabok (Assistant Professor, Kasetsart University, Thailand)
Rafael Capurro
Boyan Radoykov (Moderator, UNESCO)
Ellen Blackler (Disney, USA)
Aidan White (Director, Ethical Journalism Network, UK)
Julia Pohle (Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Paul Hector (UNESCO)

Information Ethics in Africa: Past, Present and Future Activities (2011-2014). Contribution to the WSIS+10 High-Level Event, Geneva, Session: C10 Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society - Information Ecologies, Social Transformations, Ethics and Policy (UNESCO), Switzerland, June 12, 2014.

UNESCO: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) Forum: "Towards Knowledge Societies, for Peace and Sustainable Development". Paris, February 25-27, 2013.

UNESCO - IFAP InfoEthics WG: Riga Global Meeting of Experts on the Ethical Aspects of Information Society, Keynote: Why Information Ethics? (PP) WG Presentation: Information Ethics in Africa 2007-2013, Riga, October 16-17, 2013.

UNESCO Riga Meeting 2013

Information Ethics in Africa: Past, Present and Future Activities (2007-2010). Contribution to the WSIS Forum 2010, Geneva, May 11, 2010.

In search of a code of global information ethics: The road travelled and new horizons (R. Capurro and Johannes Britz). In Ethical Space (2010) vol. 7, No. 2/3, 28-36.

UNESCO Workshop on Information Ethics and e-Government in sub-Sahara Africa, co-sponsored by the Government of South Africa, in cooperation with the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE ), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 23-26 February 2009 (See also here).

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Keynote address: "Intercultural Information Ethics", International ICIE Symposium: Localizing the Internet. Ethical Issues in Intercultural Perspective. Karlsruhe, Germany, 2004.
Contribution from Africa: Willy Jackson (Université Paris 7 / Cameroun) & Issiaka Mandé (Université Paris 7 / Burkina Faso): „New Technologies“ and „Ancient Africa“: The Impact of New Information and Communication Technologies in Sub-Saharian Africa. In: Rafael Capurro, Johannes Frühbauer, Thomas Hausmanninger (Eds.): Localizing the Internet. Ethical Aspects in Intercultural Perspective. Munich 2007, pp. 171-176.

Keynote address "Information Ethics for and from Africa", First Africa Information Ethics Conference, Pretoria (South Africa), 5-7 February 2007 published in the International Review of Information Ethics  (IRIE) (2007)  reprinted in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 59 (7): 1-9, 2008, as well as in Africa Reader on Information Ethics (See below) pp. 3-14.

Africa Infoethics 2007


Keynote address: Global Intercultural Information Ethics from an African Perspective, Second Africa Information Ethics Conference, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, 6-7 September, 2010.

Keynote address "Ethical Issues of Online Social Networks in Africa", Third Africa Information Ethics Conference, Pretoria (South Africa), 3-7 September 2012. Portuguese translation

Contributions to the Fourth Africa Information Ethics Conference: "Information Ethics in Africa – cross-cutting themes for managing your digital life", Kampala (Uganda), 2-4 July, 2014.

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  • ICIL 2016 7th International Conference on Information Law and Ethics: Broadening the Horizons of Information Law and Ethics - A Time for Inclusion, Keynote: "In Search of Ariadne's Thread in Digital Labyrinths" (pdf), University of Pretoria, South Africa, February 22-23, 2016.

  • African Network on Information Ethics (ANIE) - 10th ANIEversary, 21 to 23 February 2017, Kievits Kroon, Pretoria, South Africa. See report.


In search of a code of global information ethics: The road travelled and new horizons (R. Capurro and Johannes Britz). In Ethical Space (2010) vol. 7, No. 2/3, 28-36.

Africa Reader on Information Ethics. Ed. by R. Capurro, J.J. Britz, T.J.D. Bothma & B.C. Bester. First electronic edition 2007, First printed edition 2012. Published by Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 394 pages (ISBN 978-0-620-45627-2): Information Ethics for and from Africa (pp. 3-14).

Africa Reader on IE

Information Ethics in Africa: Cross-cutting Themes. Edited by Dennis Ocholla, Johannes Britz, Rafael Capurro and Coetzee Bester. Published by the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2013. ISBN 978-1-920527-65-5: Information Ethics in the African Context (pp. 7-20)

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Special issue of Innovation on information Ethics by Stephen M. Mutula
Editorial by Stephen M. Mutula.
Chronologial discussion of ANIE events 2007-2012 by Coetzee Bester and Rachel Bothma.
Introducing information ethics in the curriculum at Kenyatta University: views from lecturers and post-graduate students by Hellen Agnes Amunga.
Information ethics integration in the curriculum at the University of KwaZulu Natal by Stephen Mutula and Lulu Mmakola.
Integration of open access agenda in research and civic literacy and some ethical dimensions by Dennis Ocholla.
Medicine 2.0. Reflections on a pathology of the information society by Rafael Capurro.
Global governance and democratisation ethics: a reflection by Edwin E.O. Ijeoma.
When the last mile becomes the longest mile: a critical reflection on Africa's ability of transform itself to become part of the global knowledge society by M Holmmer and J.J. Britz.

Rafael Capurro, Michael Eldred and Daniel Nagel: Digital Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld.  de Gruyter 2013: Intercultural aspects of digitally mediated whoness, privacy and freedom: Africa (pp. 230-232

Abridged version in Johannes Buchmann (ed.) Internet Privacy - Eine multidisziplinäre Bestandsaufnahme. A Multidisciplinary Analysis. Acatech Studie, Berlin: September 2012, pp. 63-142 (Printed version: Berlin: Springer 2012), pp. 120-121.

Spanish translation: Aspectos culturales de la privacidad en un mundo culturalmente globalizado. Keynote address at the  II Congreso Internacional en Ética de la Comunicación, Universidad de Sevilla, 3-5 April, 2013.

Citizenship in the Digital Age. Toni Samek and Lynette Schultz (eds.): Information Ethics, Globalization and  Citizenship. Essays on Ideas to Praxis. Jefferson NC: McFarland 2017, 11-30 

Intercultural  Roboethics for a Robot Age. Makoto Nakada, Rafael Capurro and Koetsu Sato (Eds.): Critical Review of Information Ethics and Roboethics in East and West. Master's and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies, Research Group for "Ethics and Technology in the Information Era", University of Tsukuba 2017 (ISSN 2432-5414), 13-18.
In Search of Ariadne's Thread in Digital Labyrinths. In: M. Bottis & T. Alexandropoulou (eds.): Broadening the Horizons of Information Law and Ethics - A Time for Inclusion, University of Macedonia Press, 2017, 1-19  (pdf)

Ethical Issues of Humanoid-Human Interaction. Prahlad Vadakkepat, Ambarish Goswami, Jong-Hwan Kim (eds.): Handboook of Humanoids. Springer 2017 (forthcoming)


14th Information Studies (IS) Annual Conference "Information Ethics in Africa", University of Zululand, Department of Information Studies (South Africa), Keynote: Intercultural Aspects of Digitally Mediated Whoness, Privacy and Freedom (PP), September 4-6, 2013.
Proceedings "Information Ethics in Africa" ed. by Denis Ocholla and Janneke Moskert, University of Zululand, 2013, ISBN 978-0-620-45757-6

A consideration of Teaching Information Ethics on Second Year Level at the University of Pretoria: A case-study of Integrating Theoretical Information Ethics with Practical Application. 
Erin Hommes and Rachel Bothma
Does Open Access Prevent Plagiarism in Higher Education? 
Dennis N. Ocholla and Lyudmila Ocholla
Electronic Waste: the Dumping Site of the Information Age.
Laetitia Marais and Marlene A. Holmner
Ethical Dimensions of Theoretical Framework in Qualitative and Quantitative Research - An Analysis of 
Modernisation Theory as Applying to Informal Sector Women Entrepreneurs  
Veli Jiyane
Ethical Issues and Challenges in the Access and Use of Information Services in Public Libraries inNigeria: A PAPA Model Analysis.
A.A. Salman, D.N. Ocholla, B.J. Mostert, T. Mugwisi
Information Literacy Programmes in Selected Nairobi - Based Public and Private Universities in Kenya .
G. M. Kingori, .A Chege, and .H Kemoni
Information Seeking Behavior in the Academic Environment: A Study of Informal Sector Entrepreneurship in Lagos State
R. Odunlade, Opeyemi and Ojo, J. Onaade
Privacy and Public Access: Using Internet Cafés in Zimbabwe.

Lawton Hikwa and Esabel Maisiri 
Challenges of Access and Use of University Library Services in Uganda: Some Ethical Considerations. 
Maurice Kisenyi
Impact of Digital Divide on the Access and Use of Electronic Information Resources at Egerton University, Kenya.

Millicent Ong’ondo-Ongus


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The Gauteng Province Seminar on Information Ethics. Presentation: Why Information Ethics? (PP), University of Pretoria, South Africa, September 11, 2013

Information Ethics Workshop in cooperation with SCECSAL XX Conference on Information for sustainable development in a digital environment. See also: SCECSAL Forum. Introductory presentation: Social Media and Information Ethics in Africa (PP), Nairobi (Kenya), 2-3 June 2012.

ANIE Nairobi 2012

High-Level Academic Workshop: Developing Information Ethics in Africa. Presentation: Objectives towards Curriculum Development (PP), Pretoria (South Africa), July 4-5,  2011

A2K4. Access to Knowledge and Human Rights Conference hosted by the Information Society Project, Yale Law School, Workshop: Identifying Challenges & Opportunities for an African Information Ethics, 12-13 February, 2010.

University of f Pretoria: International Academic Meeting "Africa: Ethics and Information Society", 15-16 January 2010.


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At the 4th  ANIE International Conference on Information Ethics that took place on July 2-4, 2014 in Kampala (Uganda) two ANIE / ACEIE / UWM (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)  / CFF academic awards were presented to

Prof. Constant Okello-Obura, University of Makarere, Uganda.

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Prof. Dennis Ngong Ocholla, University of Zululand, South Africa.

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14th Information Studies (IS) Annual Conference "Information Ethics in Africa", University of Zululand, Department of Information Studies (South Africa), September 4-6, 2013.

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The CFF together with the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics (ACEIE) at the University of Pretoria had the pleasure to present the second ANIE (Africa Network for Information Ethics) to Prof. Stephen Mutula (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) for his outstanding support of information ethics in Africa, particularly
- Second Africa Information Ethics Conference: Teaching Information Ethics in Africa, Gaborone (Botswana), September 6-7, 2010.
- Information Ethics Workshop: Social media and Information Ethics in Africa, Nairobi (Kenya), June 2-3, 2012.



The CFF together with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) (USA) represented by Provost Johannes B. Britz, had the pleasure to present the first ANIE (Africa Network for Information Ethics) Award to Mr. Coetzee Bester (South Africa) for his outstanding support of information ethics projects in Africa, particularly:
- First Africa Information Ethics Conference: Ethical Challenges in the Information Age, Pretoria, February 5-7, 2007
- High-Level Workshop on e-Government in Africa, Pretoria, February 23-26, 2009

Award 2011


Lesedi Cultural Village, North West Province, South Africa (2013)


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