Rafael Capurro Joining UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Rafael Capurro, an international expert in information ethics, is joining the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies as a Distinguished Researcher. Dr. Capurro’s focus on intercultural information ethics — as well as his sense of humor — will be a welcome addition to our growing team of researchers.

From the press release:

As founder and director of the International Center for Information Ethics, Dr. Capurro is world-renowned for his work in ethics and information policy. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Düsseldorf University, a post-doctoral teaching qualification in ethics and has done extensive research in the area of intercultural ethics, as well as bioethics, information management and the philosophy of media. His research has been published in prominent publications around the world. Dr. Capurro has also given lectures throughout the globe discussing the ethical impact that information technology has on human practice. For the past two years, he has served as the director of the Steinbeis-Transfer-Institute Information Ethics (STI-IE) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Most recently, Dr. Capurro gave a series of presentations in Japan on intercultural ethics and robotics.

Dr. Capurro, who is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR), will further enhance the school’s reputation as a leader in the area of information ethics. With current faculty such as Drs. Peter Lor, Elizabeth Buchanan, Michael Zimmer, Dick Kawooya, Thomas Lipinski, and Dean Johannes Britz in place, the addition of Dr. Capurro raises SOIS to the next level.

“We’re very excited to have Dr. Capurro working in this capacity with us at SOIS,” said Dean Johannes Britz. “He brings a wealth of experience to an already sterling corps of academics. Dr. Capurro will work closely with the other researchers and students at SOIS to cement the school’s reputation in the area of information ethics. With the addition of Dr. Capurro, we are definitively one of the world’s premiere library and information science programs specializing in information ethics.”

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