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Philosophy & Technology

Philosophy & Technology

Editor-in-Chief: Luciano Floridi

ISSN: 2210-5433 (print version)
ISSN: 2210-5441 (electronic version)

Journal no. 13347

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Luciano Floridi, University of Oxford, UK

Executive Editorial Board

Patrick Allo, University of Oxford, UK

Associate Editor for Logic and Technology


Adam Briggle, University of North Texas, USA

Associate Editor for Environmental Philosophy and Technology


David Gunkel, Northern Illinois University, USA

Associate Editor for Continental Philosophy and Technology


Phyllis Illari, University College London, UK

Associate Editor for Philosophy of Science and Technology


Russell Powell, Boston University, USA

Associate Editor for Philosophy of Life Sciences and Technology


Tom Powers, Univeristy of Delaware, USA

Associate Editor for Philosophy of Engineering and Technology


Giuseppe Primiero, University of Milan, Italy

Associate Editor for Philosophy of Computer Science and Technology


Federica Russo, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Associate Editor for Philosophy of Social Sciences and Technology


Judith Simon, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Associate Editor for Epistemology and Technology


Mariarosaria Taddeo, University of Oxford, UK

Associate Editor for Ethics, Policy and Technology

Editorial Board
Albert Borgmann,University of Montana, USA 
Philip Brey,University of Twente, The Netherlands 
Elizabeth Buchanan, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA 
Ruth Chadwick, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA
Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge, UK
Andy Clark, University of Edinburgh, UK
Steve Clarke, University of Oxford, UK 
Marcello D’Agostino, University of Ferrara, Italy
William H. Dutton, University of Oxford, UK
Charles Ess, Aarhus University, Denmark
Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
David E. Goldberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Sven Ove Hansson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Eric Higgs, University of Victoria, Canada
Jeroen van den Hoven, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Don Ihde, Stoney Brook University, NY, US
David Koepsell, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Peter Kroes, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Gang Liu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
Donald A. MacKenzie, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, Weil Cornell Medical College, USA
Diane Michelfelder, Macalester College, USA
Carl Mitcham, Colorado School of Mines, USA
Junichi Murata, University of Tokyo, Japan
Joseph C. Pitt, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA
Søren Riis, Roskilde University, Denmark
Sabine Roeser, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Per Sandin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
Julian Savulescu, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, UK 
Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
P.K. Shetty, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India 
Mary Tiles, University of Hawaii, USA 
Sherry Turkle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Peter-Paul Verbeek, University of Twente and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Pieter Vermaas, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Langdon Winner, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Stephen Woolgar, University of Oxford, UK
Guosheng Wu, Peking University, China

About the Editors 

About the Editors

Luciano Floridi  

Luciano Floridi
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford.
His research areas are the philosophy of information, information/computer ethics, philosophy of technology, epistemology, and philosophy of logic. For his work Floridi has received various recognitions including the APA's Barwise Prize, the IACAP's Covey Award, and the INSEIT's Weizenbaum Award. He is the first philosopher to have been awarded the Gauss Professorship by the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. He is an AISB and BCS Fellow, and a Member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences. He was Chairman of EU Commission's 'Onlife' research group and UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics at the University of Hertfordshire.
For more information, please visit his website:

Patrick Allo 

Patrick Allo is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute where he works on a project on Information Visualisation. Before joining the University of Oxford, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science in Brussels, where he worked on various topics in philosophical logic and the philosophy of information. Most recently, he participated in a project on the philosophy of mathematical practice, and focused specifically on the impact of ICT's on mathematical research and collaborative mathematics, and the development of formal models for the study of these practices. Patrick is a founding member, and the current president of the Society for the Philosophy of Information.
Website: http://www.logicandinformation.be

Adam Briggle  

Adam Briggle
Adam Briggle is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Texas, US. His research interests include: philosophy of technology, science and technology policy, bioethics, and environmental studies. He is author of A Field Philosopher's Guide to Fracking (2015, Liveright) and co-author with Robert Frodeman of Socrates Tenured: The Institutions of 21st Century Philosophy (2016, Rowman and Littlefield).

David J. Gunkel 

David J. Gunkel is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University (USA). He is the author of five books—Hacking Cyberspace (Westview Press, 2001), Thinking Otherwise: Philosophy, Communication, Technology (Purdue University Press, 2007), Transgression 2.0: Media, Culture and the Politics of a Digital Age (Continuum, 2011), The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics (MIT Press, 2012), and Heidegger and the Media (Polity, 2014). He has lectured and delivered award-winning papers throughout North and South America and Europe and is the founding co-editor of the International Journal of Žižek Studies and the Indiana University Press book series Digital Game Studies. More information is available at http://gunkelweb.com

Phyllis Illari  

Phyllis Illari is in Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at the Science and Technology Studies Department of University College London. She has also held positions at Hertfordshire, Kent, Bristol, and Stirling. Her research interests concern many aspects of philosophy of information, but particularly as it touches on philosophy of causality. She is working on an AHRC-funded project on Information Quality and has completed a Leverhulme-funded project on Mechanisms and Causality. Phyllis is the author of numerous articles in philosophy of science. She edited the volume Causality in the Sciences (OUP 2011) with Federica Russo and Jon Williamson; co-edited the volume Causality in the Biomedical and Social Sciences: Special issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science (forthcoming 2012) with Julian Reiss and Federica Russo, and is writing Causality: Philosophical theory meets scientific practice with Federica Russo (OUP, forthcoming). She is editor in chief of The Philosophy of Information: A Simple Introduction. Phyllis is one of the founding steering committee members of the Causality in the Sciences conference series. For more information, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/staff/illari.

Russell Powell 

Russell Powell
Russell Powellis Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Boston University. Prior to his appointment at BU, he was an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy, and a James Martin Research Fellow in the Institute for Science and Ethics, at Oxford University. Before his time at Oxford, Powell was a Greenwall Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Powell holds advanced degrees in philosophy, biology and law. He worked as an attorney in complex pharmaceutical liability litigations. His research interests range from the philosophy of biology and bioethics to political and legal philosophy, with a special interest in the epistemological and metaphysical dimensions of emerging biotechnologies. He is currently serving as Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Giuseppe Primiero 

Giuseppe Primiero
Giuseppe Primiero is Associate Professor of Logic at the Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, Italy. He is President of the DHSTCommission for the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC), member of IACAP, of the Society for the Philosophy of Information (SPI), and Secretary General of the Association Computability in Europe (CiE). His
primary research areas are: computational and epistemic logics, philosophy of information and computation, type theories and the semantics of programming, philosophy of computer science. His work combines conceptual and formal modelling to investigate problems like correctness in computational systems, design in software engineering, epistemic trust and security in socio-technical systems.

Federica Russo  

Federica Russo
Federica Russo is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam. She has held research and teaching positions in the UK, Belgium, and Italy. She visited the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at the London School of Economics and the Center for Philosophy of Science (Pittsburgh). Her research interests include: methodology and epistemology of technoscience, causal methods in the social and biomedical sciences; foundations of social and public health policy. She is the author of Causality and Causal Modelling in the Social Sciences. Measuring Variations (Springer 2009) and of Causality: Philosophical Theory Meets Scientific Practice (OUP, 2014, co-authored with Phyllis Illari), and of numerous article in philosophy of science and technology. For more information see http://russofederica.wordpress.com

Judith Simon 

Judith Simon
Judith Simon is associate professor for philosophy of science and technology at the IT University of Copenhagen as well as Principal Investigator of the project "Epistemic Trust in Socio-Technical Epistemic System” (Austrian Science Fund) at the University of Vienna. Previously, she held positions at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris and the Research Center Juelich and has been visiting scholar at Stanford University, the University of Trento, and the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in Barcelona. Judith also serves on the editorial board of the journal "Big Data & Society" as well as on the executive board of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). Her research interests include: socio-technical epistemology; philosophy of science, technology and computing; computer ethics & values in design; science and technology studies; technology assessment; feminist theory.
Website: https://itu.academia.edu/JudithSimon

Mariarosaria Taddeo  

Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo
Mariarosaria Taddeo is Research Fellow in Cyber Security and Ethics at the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS), University of Warwick, and Research Associate at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. Until 2012, Dr. Taddeo held a Marie Curie Fellowship working on the ethics of information warfare. Her work focuses mainly on the ethical analysis of cyber security practices and information conflicts. Her research interests include information and computer ethics, philosophy of information, philosophy of artificial intelligence and epistemology.
Website: http://taddeo.philosophyofinformation.net/

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