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Information Ethics & Policy Conference

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Thursday, April 25 to Friday, April 26, 2013
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
HUB 250

“Information Ethics and Policy: Intellectual Property, Privacy, and Freedom of Speech” is a conference supported by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for Humanities, the Department of Philosophy, the Information School, and the Program on Values in Society at the University of Washington in Seattle. 

This conference brings together researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of academic disciplines including law, philosophy, communications, information studies, and social policy.  The goal is to begin a dialogue that opens up interdisciplinary research strands that address many of the normative issues and problems concerning information creation, access, and control.  Conference participants have the freedom to develop their own lines of inquiry but are especially encouraged to consider the following questions:

  • What moral and policy questions are being raised by the advancement of information sharing technologies?
  • How should we think about intellectual property rights – do content creators or holders have obligations to share what they hold with less developed regions or populations?
  • Is privacy a basic human right and, if so, what privacy-based limits should be placed on free expression or intellectual property?
  • What would constitute a fair information sharing practice between citizens and governments or citizens and corporations?  How far do right to know considerations extend?
  • How should we understand the moral and legal foundations of intellectual property, privacy, or free speech in a world of pluralism and difference?

The theoretical and practical applications of interdisciplinary dialogue on these questions are significant and will therefore benefit participants across several fields.  

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