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Keynote Speakers

Rafael Capurro

Professor Emeritus, Stuttgart Media University/Founder,
International Center for Information Ethics

Title of presentation: In Search of Ariadne's Thread in Digital Labyrinths

Founder and Director of the International Center for Information Ethics. Born 1945 in Montevideo (Uruguay). Licentiate in Philosophy from Colegio Máximo, Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (1970). PhD in Philosophy from University of Düsseldorf (Germany) (1978). Postdoctoral teaching qualification (Habilitation) in Ethics from Stuttgart University (Stuttgart). Professor of Information Science and Information Ethics at Stuttgart Media University (Germany) (1986-2009). Founder of the International Center for Information Ethics (1999 until today). Distinguished Researcher at the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics (ACEIE), Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE). Newest publication: Rafael Capurro, Michael Eldred and Daniel Nagel: Digital Whoness: Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld. Berlin 2013. Co-founder of the Africa Network for Information Ethics (ANIE). More at:

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Paul Sturges

Emeritus Professor of Library Studies
University of Loughborough - United Kingdom


Title of presentation: Rich and varied ethical standards’: The idea of Freedom of Expression as a universal value in a world of many cultures

Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)'s Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) core activity (2003-2009).
2000-2002 was Project Leader for a project funded by Resource (now MLA) on Privacy in the Digital Library Environment.
1997-2001 developed Guidelines for Public Internet access facilities on behalf of the Council of Europe.
Has also worked on African library and information-related issues since 1984. Book available on-line, The Quiet Struggle: information and librarioes for the people of Africa, 1998.
Current research: Exploring and discussing aspects of intellectual freedom, through a series of conference papers and journal articles on topics including the rationale for intellectual freedom, tolerance and freedom of expression, the role of transparency in combating corruption and comedy as freedom of expression.
Professor Paul Sturges has also been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire ) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Professor Sturges was the Chair of IFLA's FAIFE Committee between 2003 and 2009, and has been involved in international librarianship for many years, contributing a tremendous amount through his work in the area of freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.

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ICIL is proud to announce that in 2016 we host 55 speakers from twenty one different countries and from all five contiments of the world,
so true to its title 'A time for inclusion'

European UnionIndiaBrazilAustriaAustraliaCanadaEgyptLuxembourgFranceGermanyGreeceItalyKenyaNamibiaNetherlandsNigeriaPakistanPolandUSASouth AfricaSwitzerlandTanzania