Professor Rafael Capurro, research associate at the Department of Information Science, has been presented with the Weizenbaum Award for 2020.
The Weizenbaum Award in Information and Computer Ethics is presented every second year to someone who has made exceptional contributions to the subject area of information and computer ethics through their research and innovation. The grantee must have a comprehensive professional, theoretical or societal influence. The award received its name in acknowledgement of Joseph Weizenbaum’s innovative and influential work in computer ethics in the 1970s, which contributed to the field as it is known today.
Prof Capurro is a philosopher and academic in the subject area of information ethics. He practices on foundations of information science, information ethics, bioethics, information management, philosophy of information, and hermeneutics. Prof Capurro was the keynote speaker at the CEPE/IACAP Joint Conference of 2021, with the theme The Philosophy and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, where he received his reward.