Ms Rachel Fischer

BA Languages - Specialisation in English Studies (University of Pretoria)

BA Honours Philosophy (University of Pretoria)

MPHIL in Political Philosophy (University of Pretoria)


Consultation Hours:

Per Email

Modules Offered:


2013 to current

INL 240: Information Science: Social and ethical impact: Social and ethical impact. This module examines moral and legal regulation practices related to information in print and digital environments. Different ethical theories are identified and applied to privacy, access to information, information poverty and censorship. The interpretation and enforcement of rules and regulations are discussed

INL 260: Information Science: Economics and politics of information (until 2016): ​Economics and politics of information. This module examines the economics and politics of information, with a special emphasis on South Africa's information sector. It aims to promote an understanding of the market and non-market qualities of information, and their consequences for the production, distribution and marketing of information goods and services. The ways in which information access and expression are regulated and the use of ICTs in crime and corruption is also addressed


2014 to current

INY 715: Information Ethics: This module focuses on the main moral issues pertaining to information and ICT, globalisation, privacy and knowledge flow. It covers amongst others the following fields: cyber warfare and terrorism; information philosophy; information security; privacy and the right to information; digital identity management; cyber law; globalisation and the impact on society.

INY 722: Information Society: This module evaluates approaches to and concepts of the information/knowledge society. It questions the origins and political motives for the promotion of an information/knowledge society, and examines a number of relevant themes in the literature


2015 to current

Information Ethics is dealt with under the following modules:

MIT 843: Information in Perspective (MIT Stream A)

MIT 865: Web trends in the library (MIT Stream B)

MIT 803: Introduction to Information Ethics for Big Data Science (MIT Stream C)

The Information/Knowledge Society and Freedom of Expression is dealth with under the following module:

MIT 867: The knowledge society and international librarianship (MIT Stream B)


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Research Interest:

My interests include intercultural information ethics, multilingualism and freedom of expression.


Recent Publications:

Bester, C. & Bothma, R. (2013). Chronological Discussion of ANIE events 2007 – 2012. In Innovation, 46, pp. 12 – 21.

Hommes, E. & Bothma, R. (2013). A consideration of teaching information ethics at second year level at the University of Pretoria: a case-study of integrating theoretical information ethics with practical application. In Innovation, 47, pp. 28 – 42.

Hommes, E. & Bothma, R. (2013). A consideration of teaching information ethics at second year level at the University of Pretoria: a case-study of integrating theoretical information ethics with practical application. In Proceedings of 14th Annual IS Conference at the University of Zululand, pp. 1 – 9

Bester, B.C. & Bothma, R. (2012). African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics established. In Innovate (7): pp. 112 – 113.

Du Preez, A. (in consultation with Bothma, R.)(2013). Building an ethical information society in Africa. In Innovate (8): pp. 18 – 19.

Bester, B.C. & Fischer, R. (2014). A local platform for international participation. In Innovate (9): pp. 109 – 111.

Fischer, R. (2015). ACEIE seals collaboration with UNESCO. In Innovate (10): pp. 149.

Fischer, R. (2015). Coetzee Bester heads up national IFAP Committee. In Innovation (10): pp. 150.

Fischer, R., Britz, J.J. & Bester, B.C. (2016). The train has left the station: Chronicles of the African Network for Information Ethics and The African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics in Information Cultures in the Digital Age: A Festschrift in Honor of Rafael Capurro. Springer. Available: and

Fischer, R. (2016). A visual representation of key concerns relating to cyber safety for children. In Innovate (11): pp.12.

Fischer, R. (2017). Celebrating 10 years of information ethics in Africa. In Innovate (12): pp.103-104.



ANIE International Conferences & Workshops on Information Ethics, 3 – 7 September 2012 (Pretoria, South Africa), 2 – 4 July 2014 (Kampala, Uganda) and ANIEversary, 21 – 23 February 2017 (Pretoria, South Africa).

Organising committee for the International Conference on Information Law and Ethics, 22 and 23 February 2016.

"Training the Trainers” workshops in the following countries:

Malawi, 2016

Kenya, 2012, 2015 and 2016

Uganda, 2013-2017

Tanzania, 2013

Swaziland, 2014

Lesotho, 2014

Namibia, 2014 and 2015

Mozambique, 2015


UNESCO's intergovernmental Information for All Program (IFAP)

Sub-committee on Classical Ethics in Information & Communication Technologies for IEEE's Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

Advisory Committee for the International Centre for Information Ethics (ICIE)


“Teaching Applied Ethics” during the erence, 31 March 2012, hosted by the University of Pretoria.

“Teaching Ethics in Africa: Why we cannot and why we should” during the Conference, 17 – 19 April 2012, hosted by UNISA.

“Tragic Deliberation” at the 8th Annual Conference of the Postgraduate Philosophy Association (PPA) of Southern Africa, 6 - 7 April 2013, Monash South Africa.

“A Consideration of teaching Information Ethics on second year level at the University of Pretoria” during the 14th Annual DIS Conference, 4 to 6 September 2013, with the special theme of Information Ethics. The paper was co-authored by Ms Erin Hommes form the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria.

“Verlies aan ‘n Tragiese Bewussyn” (Loss of a Tragic Consciousness) during the Conference, 25 – 27 May 2012, hosted by Antwerpen University, Belgium.

“Teaching Information Ethics on a second year level (undergraduate)”, with specific reference to practically applying theory taught in class. These presentations took place in Tanzania (2013), Uganda (2014), South Africa (2014) and Namibia (2015).

“Digital Wellness: The crossroads between ICT Skills and Cyber Safety in Education” at the 11th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, 24 to 26 May 2016, Cairo, Egypt (eLearning Africa).




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