Rafael Capurro


    Licentiate in Philosophy from Colegio Máximo, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1971).
    Diploma in Documentation from Lehrinstitut für Dokumentation, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (1973).
    Research worker at Zentralstelle für Atomkernenergie-Dokumentation (ZAED), Karlsruhe, Germany (1974-75).
    Dr.phil. in Philosophy from Düsseldorf University (1978). Thesis: Information.

    Assistant to Scientific Director, Fachinformationszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany (1980-85).
    Postdoctoral teaching qualification (Habilitation) in Practical Philosophy (Ethics) from Stuttgart University (1989).Thesis: Hermeneutik der Fachinformation ("Hermeneutics of scientific information")
    Lecturer / Privatdozent at the Institute of Philosophy, Stuttgart University (1989-2004)
    Professor of information science and information ethics at Suttgart Media University, Germany (1986-2009).
    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).
    Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Digital Ethics (IDE), Stuttgart Media University (2014-)
    Member of the Advisory Board of ID4Africa (2014-)
    Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan (2014-)
    Member of the Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility of Daimler AG (since 2016)

    See: Certificates






Internet Privacy
Final Report


(08/2011 - 01/2013)

See English summary.
: Rafael Capurro, Michael Eldred and Daniel Nagel: Digital Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld.  Berlin: de Gruyter 2013. Extensive parts can be previewed here.


Robot Companions

    ETICA (2009-2011) (FP 7)


See Deliv. 3.2.2 (and Annex)

ETHICBOTS (2005-2008) (FP 6)


Research Fellow of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2003-2005).
Senior Fellow in Information Ethics, Center for Information Policy Research, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA (2007-2008; 2009-2010).
Distinguished Researcher in Information Ethics, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA (2010-2012).
Distinguished Researcher at the ACEIE, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa (since 2012).
Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan (since 2014)
Special ANIE award for a decade of special contribution to Information Ethics (2014).

Information Cultures

Information Cultures in the Digital Age.  A Festschrift in Honor of Rafael Capurro. Editors: Matthew Kelly and Jared Bielby. Wiesbaden: Springer  2016

Thanks and Responses by Rafael Capurro



ICIE-Series on Information Ethics (2002-) Munich: Fink Verlag.
Editors: Rafael Capurro, Thomas Hausmanninger

Schriftenreihe Medienethik (2002-). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag

Editors: Rafael Capurro, Petra Grimm

Member of the Editorial Board

Information Science and Knowledge Management (Springer)
Ed. John Mackenzie Owen


    Editor in Chief


Member of the Editorial Board  / Consulting Editor

Cybernetics & Human Knowing
Ed. Soren Brier
Enl@ce. Revista venezolana de información, tecnología y conocimiento
Ed. Jesús Alberto Andrade
Eds. Rainer Guldin, Anke Finger, Gustavo Bernardo Krause

Informação & Tecnologia
Ed. Placida Amorim da Costa Santos, Guilherme Ataide Dias

Ed. Mark Burgin

Ed. Dennis Ocholla

International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education
Ed. Jeffrey Hsu
Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Eds. Simon Rogersonl, N. Ben Fairweather
Leadership in the humanities
Ed. A. Marturano

NanoEthics. Ethics for Technologies that converge at the nanoscale

Ed. Christopher Coenen
Open Information Science
Ed. Paul Sturges

Perspectivas em Ciência da Informação
Ed. Paulo da Terra Caldeira

Revista Ariel
Ed. Dardo Bardier
Revista Prefacio
Ed. Elida Elizondo
Signo y Pensamiento

Ed. Catalina Montoya Londo
Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology
Eds. Anthony Mark Cutter, Berd Gordijn
triple C
Ed. Christian Fuchs

    Foundations of Information Science
    Information Ethics

    Information Management
    Angeletics / Messaging Theory
    Philosophy of Information



 The Quest for Roboethics: an Interview with Yue-Hsuan Weng

Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA): Dialogreihe Mobilität von morgen. Gespräch  mit dem Vorstandsvorsitzenden der Continental AG, Dr. Elmar Degenhart. Moderation: Ines Arland, Berlin, 29. November 2016. Siehe auch: Continental AG.

Digitization as an Ethical Challenge, 2016.

Information Literacies, 2014.

EU Workshop ETICA, Brussels, March 31, 2011. Video.

etica EU

  • ANIEversary: 10th anniversary conference. Kievits Kroon, Pretoria, South Africa, February 21-23, 2017.




  • SUMA-EV, Verein für freien Wissenszugang: SUMA-Award Veranstaltung. Vortrag: "Informationsethik: Herkunft, Gegenwart und Zukunft", Hannover, 12. Februar 2014.
  • GEST (Global Ethics in Science and Technology 2011-2014, EU FP 7), Final Conference, New Delhi, 6-7 March, 2014.
  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Ethik: Workshop: Ethics of Synthetic Biology (Siehe hier) und öffentlicher Vortrag über Informationsethik, Jena, 21. Mai 2014.
  • Tehran University: Shapes of Human Interplay in the Digital Age (PP) , September 29, 2014
  • Ulepicc 2014 (União Latina de Economia Política da Informação, da Comunicação e da Cultura). Conferencia: Comunicação, cultura, informação e democracia: tensões e contradições. Keynote: Ciludadanía en la era digital. Rio de Janeiro, November 26-28, 2014.

  • CLINAM (European Foundation for Clinical Nanomedicine): 6th Global Summit for Clinical Nanomedicine, Basel, June 23-26, 2013. Keynote: Medicine in the Information and Knowledge Society. An abridged version was published in Beat Löffler and Patrick Hunziker (eds.): CLINAM 6/13 European Summit for Clinical Nanomedicine and Targeted Medicine, Conference Proceedings 6/2013, European Foundation for Clinical Nanomedicine, Basel 2013, p. 94. The complete version was published under the title: Medicine 2.0. Reflections on a pathology of the information society, in: Innovation. journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa. Special Issue: Information Ethics (ed. Stepehn Mutula), Number 46, June 2013, pp. 75-96.
  • The Gauteng Province Seminar on Information Ethics. Presentation: Why Information Ethics? (PowerPoint), University of Pretoria, South Africa, September 11, 2013.

  • TABULA RASA (EU Project Trusted Biometrics under Spoofing Attacks), Symposium, Rome May 3-4, 2012
  • Workshop on Intercultural Information Ethics, Tsukuba University, Japan, October 4-5, 2012.



Digitization as an ethical challenge (2016)
In Search of Ariadne's Thread in Digital Labyrinths (2016)
Citizenship in the Digital Age. In: Toni Samek and Lynette Schultz (eds.): Information Ethics and Global Citizenship. Jefferson NC: McFarland  (forthcoming). See the review by Geoffrey Rockwell.


Translating Information. In: Proceedings of the conference FIS/ISIS 2015: Information Society at the Crossroads -  Response and Responsibility of the Sciences of Information,Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, June 3-6, 2015.

On Charlie Hebdo: The War over Universalisms (2015)

Shapes of Freedom in the Digital AgeIn: Hasan S. Keseroğlu, Guler Demir, Elsa Bitri und Aysenur Gunes (Hg.): Proceedings of the International Symposium on Philosophy of Library and Information Science. Ethics: Theory and Practice, Istanbul 2015.

Information Literacies: Understanding the Digital Age. 
In: João Antonio de Moraes and Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez (eds.):  Life, Information and New Technologies, Rio de Janeiro 2015.

Citizenship in the Digital Age. In Toni Samek (University of Alberta) (ed.) (forthcoming)

Toward a Comparative Theory of Agents.
In: Mathias Gutman, Michael Decker, Julia Knifka (Eds.): Evolutionary Robotics, Organic Computing and Adaptive Ambience. Vienna: LIT 2015, 81-96.  Originally a contribution to the Panel Autonomic Computing, Human Identity and Legal Subjectivity organized by Mireille Hildebrandt and Antoinette Rouvroy. In: AI & Society, Vol. 27, 4 (2012), 479-488.


On Ethics, Information Ethics, and Internet Research Ethics. An Interview with Rahman Marefat and Mahmood Sangari (Semnan University, Iran). In Webology, Vol. 11, N. 2, 2014.


Ethical Issues of Online Social Networks in Africa. In Innovation: Journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa. Vol 46 (December 2013), 161-175.

Go Glocal: Intercultural Comparison of Leadership Ethics. In: Infopreneurship Journal (IJ), 2013, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1-9.

Medicine in the Information and Knowleldge Society In: Proceedings of the European Summit for Clinical Nanomedicine and Targeted Medicine (forthcoming).

Information Ethics. In Byron Kaldis (ed.): Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences, Sage Publ. 2013.

Kaldis 2013

Rafael Capurro, Michael Eldred and Daniel Nagel: Digital Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld.  Berlin: de Gruyter 2013. Extensive parts can be previewed here.


See a short version of this book at J. Buchmann (Ed.)
Internet-Privacy (2012) with my contributions:

The Quest for Information Ethics and Roboethics in East and West ed. by Makoto Nakada and Rafael Capurro. Research Report 
on trends in information ethics and roboethics in Japan and the West. ReGIS (Research Group on the Information Society) and ICIE (Internatinal Center for Information Ethics), March 31, 2013.

Japan 2013

An Intercultural Dialogue on Roboethics (Makoto Nakada and Rafael Capurro). In: Makoto Nakada and Rafael Capurro (eds.): The Quest for Information Ethics and Roboethics in East and West. Research Report on trends in information ethics and roboethics in Japan and the West. ReGIS (Research Group on the Information Society) and ICIE (Internatinal Center for Information Ethics), March 31, 2013, 13-22.


Ethical Issues of Online Social Neworks in Africa .

Rafael Capurro, Michael Eldred and Daniel Nagel:  IT and Privacy from an ethical perspective: Digital Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld in Johannes Buchmann (ed.) Internet Privacy - Eine multidisziplinäre Bestandsaufnahme / A multidisciplinary analysis. Berlin: Acatech 2012, pp. 63-142. Printed version: Springer 2012.

Toward a Comparative Theory of Agents.
Contribution to the Panel Autonomic Computing, Human Identity and Legal Subjectivity organized by Mireille Hildebrandt and Antoinette Rouvroy. In: AI & Society, Vol. 27, 4 (2012), 479-488.

Beyond Humanisms.  In:Toru Nishigaki and Tadashi Takenouchi (eds.): Information Ethics. The Future of the Humanities. Nagoya City: V2Solution Publisher 2012, 26-74.

  • Beyond Humanisms. In: Rafael Capurro and John Holgate (Eds.): Messages and Messengers.


Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics 2011

  • Contributions to the Glossarium BITri (Glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning INFORMATION)
China Information Ethics conference 2010

  • Ethics and Public Policy in Europe. In Stefano Rodotà and Paolo Zatti (Eds.): Trattato di Biodiritto. Vol.1 Stefano Rodotà and Mariachiara Talllacchini (Eds.): Ambito e fonti del biodiritto. Milano: Giuffrè Editore, 2010, 849-860.

Some of the keynote speakers at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS) pictured (in ascending order) are Amal Graafstra, Dr Roger Clarke, Dr Mark Gasson and Professor Rafael Capurro along with the conference committee chair, Gene Hoffnagle. Photo by: Zac Gatland

  • 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.
  • Conference Neuroscience and European and North American Case Law organized by the Interdepartmental Research Centre ECLSC, University of Pavia, in cooperation with the Court of Milan, Keynote: Ethical Aspects of ICT Implants in the Human Body (PP), Milano, 17. September 2010..

localizing the internet


  • Beyond the Digital  Paper presented at the International Festival for Film Video and Media Symposium (VIPER 99), "Cut & Copy," Lucerne (Switzerland), October 29-30, 1999. 
  • Ethical Aspects of Digital Libraries. In: Tatjana Aparac, Tefko Saracevic, Peter Ingwersen, Pertti Vakkari (Eds.): Digital Libraries. Interdisciplinary Concepts, Challenges and Opportunities, Zagreb, Proceedings of the CoLIS 3 Conference, Lokve 1999, 39-53.
  • Is a Unified Theory of Information Feasible? A Trialogue (Co-authors: Peter Fleissner, Wolfgang Hofkirchner). In: W. Hofkirchner (Ed.): The Quest for a Unified Theory of Information. World Futures General Evolution Studies,  Ervin Laszlo (Ed.), vol. 13, Overseas Publishers Assoc. 1999,  9-30.
1998 - 1985
  • Stable Knowledge?  Paper presented at the Workshop: Knowledge for the Future - Wissen für die Zukunft, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, Zentrum für Technik und Gesellschaft,  March 19-21, 1997.
  • Information Technology and Technologies of the Self. In: Journal of Information Ethics, Fall 1996, Vol. 5,  No. 2, 19-28.
  • On the Genealogy of Information. In: Klaus Kornwachs, Konstantin Jacoby (Eds.): Information - New Questions to a Multidisciplinary Concept. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 1996,  259-271.
  • On Artificiality. In: IMES (Ist. Metodologico, Economico, Statistico), Università di Urbino (Italy), IMES-LCA WP-15 November 1995.
  • Informatics and Hermeneutics. In: Christiane Floyd, Heinz Züllighoven, Reinhard Budde, Reinhard Keil-Slawik (Eds.): Software Development and Reality Construction. Berlin: Springer, 1992, 363-375.
  • What is Information Science for? A Philosophical Reflection. In: Pertti Vakkari, Blaise Cronin (Eds.): Conceptions of Library and Information Science. London: Taylor Graham 1992, 82-96.
  • On Reliability and Unreliability. A Dialogue. In: Rainer Rilling et al. (Eds.): Challenges. Science and Peace in a Rapidly Changing Environment. Intern. Congress of Scientists and Engineers. Berlin 29.11.-1.12. 1991 (Schriftenreihe Wissenschaft und Frieden, Nr. 16, August 1992) Vol. II, 177-179.
  • Towards an Information Ecology. In: Irene Wormell (Ed.): Information and Quality. London: Taylor Graham 1990, 122-139.
  • Technics, Ethics, and the Question of Phenomenology. In: A-T. Tymieniecka (Ed.).: Morality within the Life- und Social World. Analecta Husserliana XXII (Dordrecht: Reidel 1987), 475-481.
  • Tasks, Organisation and Activities of the Fachinformationszentrum Energie, Physik,  Mathematik. Report TRITA-LIB-1137 (Royal Institute of Technology Library, Stockholm,   Sweden) 1985.
  • Epistemology and Information Science. Report TRITA-LIB-6023 (Royal Institute of Technology Library, Stockholm, Sweden) 1985.
  • Moral issues in information science. In: Journal of information science 11 (1985), 113-123.

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