Information Ethics in Africa:
2007-2013
Rafael Capurro
International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE), Germany
African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics (ACEIE),
Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Riga Global Meeting of Experts on the Ethical Aspects of Information
Society, October 16-17, 2013, Riga, Latvia
The Beginnings
First Africa Conference on Information Ethics,
Pretoria, February 5-7, 2007. Proceedings:
First electronic edition: 2007
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http://www.i-r-i-e.net/issue7.htm
First printed edition: 2012
Eds. R. Capurro, J.J. Britz, T.J.D. Bothma & B.C.
Bester, 349 pages. ISBN 978-0-620-45627-2.
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The Beginnings
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High-level Workshop on Ethics and eGovernment (2009) under the auspices
of UNESCO, co-sponsored by the South
Africa Government, Department of
Communications and organized by
the University of Pretoria,
the Universityof Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
the University of Pittsburgh, and
the International Center for Information
Ethics, February 23-26, 2009.
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The Beginnings
Second African Conference on Information
Ethics: Teaching Information Ethics in Africa
Current Status, Opportunities and Challenges
Venue: University of Gaborone, Botswana,
September 6-7, 2010.
 Third African Conference on Information
Ethics: Online Social Media in Africa,
Pretoria, September 5-7, 2012.
See: http://www.africainfoethics.org/conferences.html
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The Beginnings
See R. Capurro: Information Ethics in Africa:
Past, Present and Future Activities (20072010)
http://www.capurro.de/wsis2010_africa_infoethi
cs.html
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ANIE
Africa Network for Information Ethics (ANIE)
http://www.africainfoethics.org/index.html
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ACEIE
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African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics
(ACEIE), Department of Information Science,
University of Pretoria, South Africa (since 2011)
http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=19309&subid=19309&ipklookid=7
Director: Mr Coetzee Bester
http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=11812
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ACEIE
According to a formal Memorandum of Agreement between the
University of Pretoria and the South African National Department
of Communications as signed on the 15th of December 2011 the
ACEIE was conceptualised and will further:
 Support the establishment of other Ethics Centres in Africa
through the African Ethics Research Centre Network;
 Convene, coordinate and administrate Ethics Conference and
follow-up implementation of the conference resolutions;
 Facilitate the hosting of Ethics Awards Ceremonies in
collaboration with other partners; and
 Focus on research and training in Information Ethics
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ACEIE
In addition, the ACEIE will:
 Develop short courses for governmental officials in the 9
provinces of South Africa;
 Encourage Information Ethics Workshops where academics and
practitioners can come together to enable the exchange of
knowledge and enhance the practical dynamics of Information
Ethics;
 Function as a centre where research interests can come together
to endorse key proposals concerning Information Ethics and its
application in African societies, governments and institutions; and
 Maintain its collaborative relationships with UNESCO; the E-skills
Hub hosted by the Department of Informatics; and its host, the
Department of Information Science.
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ACEIE
Publications
 Africa Reader on Information Ethics. Eds. R.
Capurro, J.J. Britz, T.J.D. Bothma & B.C. Bester
First electronic edition 2007. First printed edition
2012, 349 pages. ISBN 978-0-620-45627-2.
 Information Ethics in Africa: Cross-cutting Themes.
Eds. Dennis Ocholla, Johannes Britz, Rafael
Capurro and Coetzee Bester. 2013, ISBN 978-1920527-65-5.
 Concepts in Information Ethics. An introductory
workbook. Eds.Candice le Sueur, Erin Hommes and
Coetzee Bester. 2013. ISBN 978-1-920527-84-6.
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Current and Future Activities
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14th Information Studies (IS) Annual
Conference "Information Ethics in Africa",
University of Zululand, Department of
Information Studies, South Africa, September
4-6, 2013.
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The Gauteng Province Seminar on
Information Ethics. Organized by the ACEIE,
University of Pretoria, South Africa,
September 11, 2013.
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Current and Future Activities
The African Centre of Excellence for Information
Ethics is currenly planning the
4rd ANIE International Conference
on Information Ethics
„Managing your Digital Life“
Pretoria, August 14-15, 2014.
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