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I share the news with sadness for the loss of a great philosopher and colleague, certainly a pioneer in our field.
I wonder whether the Society may do something to celebrate his work.
All the best,


Very sad news for the philosophical community at large, and for the Philosophy of Information community in particular. Professor Dretske has passed away. 


From: http://litwinbooks.com/award.php

1. Nature of the Award
1.1 The award shall consist of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). As we see it, the range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of information so-called, philosophy of science, etc.), with potential connection to a variety of other disciplines (linguistics, media studies, psychology, cognitive science, information science, etc.).

The National Security Agency has declassified an eye-opening pre-history of computers used for code-breaking between the 1930s and 1960s. The 344 page report, entitled It Wasn't All Magic: The Early Struggle to Automate Cryptanalysis, is available on the Government Attic web site mirror here.

Infraethics, a Webinar for Futurium, European Commission

skip the beginning, some technical glitches, start at 2,30 or so.


By the approval of Xian Jiaotong University’s document [2010] No.51, on Dec. 3, 2010, Xian Jiaotong University International Center for Philosophy of Information(XJTU-ICPI) was founded in Xian, China. This center is the first center for Philosophy of Information in China, and is the first international institution for Philosophy of Information in the world. The fundamental tasks of this center are as follows: to unite  scholars of the world in order to do original research on PI; to improve communication and dialogue between China and other countries on PI research; to facilitate the development of PI in China and in the world.

Professor Luciano Floridi is the new President elect of the International Society for Information Studies. The General Assembly of ISIS, held in Moscow on 23 May 2013, elected him unanimously, with immediate effect.

Interesting quoatation from Ask a Philsopher website:


"Thus, many older contemporary philosophers grew up with an emphasis on philosophy of language. This was succeeded by intense interest in philosophy of mind. Now philosophy of information is the field for young academics."

"Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives."

The Art of Data Visualization | Off Book | PBS


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