Professor Luciano Floridi

MA Oxf, MPhil PhD Warw

Photograph courtesy of Tim Muntinga.

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Luciano Floridi's current research areas are the philosophy of information, information and computer ethics, and philosophy of technology.

His most recent books are The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP, 2014); The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013, vol. II of the tetralogy); The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011, vol. I of the tetralogy); Information - A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010); and The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (edited for CUP, 2010).

He is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Still in Oxford, he is also Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy at the Department of Computer Science; and Member of the Faculty of Philosophy. Outside Oxford, he is Adjunct Professor ("Distinguished Scholar in Residence") of the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C.

Recent recognitions include: Member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (MAIPS); Weizenbaum Award, by the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology; Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS); Covey Award, by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy; first Distinguished Scholar (adjunct professor of economics) ever nominated by American University in Washington since its foundation in 1892; laurea honoris causa by the University of Suceava, Romania; Fellow of the Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Hertfordshire Vice-Chancellor Award; first philosopher ever elected Gauss Professor by the Göttingen Academy of Sciences; Barwise Prize, by the American Philosophical Association; Fellow of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour.

In 2015, Professor Floridi received the Copernicus Scientist award for his work on the foundations of the philosophy of information. The award is given by the Institute for Higher Studies at the University of Ferrara in recognition of academic excellence. In early 2016, Professor Floridi was appointed as one of six members of the EU's new Ethics Advisory Group on Ethical Dimensions of Data Protection. In January 2017 Professor Floridi was appointed Chair of the new Data Ethics research Group of The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science, headquartered at the British Library. DEG will coordinate, lead on, and contribute to the data ethics activities of the ATI.

Before joining St Cross, he was Junior Research Fellow and then Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.