Speaker 1: Professor Luciano Floridi - Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Speaker 2: Professor Helen Margetts - Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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Speaker 1: Professor Luciano Floridi (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)

Ethics in the Age of Information

With the help of some metaphors, in this talk I shall outline the nature and scope of Information Ethics, the new philosophical area of research that investigates the ethical impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on human life and society. In the course of the presentation, I shall introduce some of the topics I have analysed in The Ethics of Information, (OUP 2013), a book in which I have sought to provide the conceptual foundations of Information Ethics, and some work in progress I am currently developing for The Politics of Information (OUP, forthcoming).

Speaker 2: Professor Helen Margetts, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

The Data Science of Politics

Political science has traditionally lacked data. The empirical study of politics was born out of history, based largely on thick descriptions of political institutions and systems of government. In the post-war era, the science in political science developed from investigations into political behaviour where opinion surveys provided the quantitative meat, aside from actual voting data which was difficult to link to other data sources. Since then, the internet and social media have wrought dramatic change to political systems, bringing new forms of mobilization which increase instability and unpredictability in both democratic and authoritarian regimes - and also generate new sources of large-scale data.

This lecture discusses how data science might help us to understand, explain and even predict this new 'political turbulence', by making use of data generated by politics co-ordinated, communicated and organized through social media. Drawing on research carried out for the new book Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action (Margetts, John, Hale and Yasseri, 2015, Princeton University Press), the lecture discusses how data science could be used to tackle enduring questions of political science and maximise the utility of political participation and civic engagement for democratic policy-making.



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