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17th September 2021

Professor Luciano Floridi awarded honorary doctorate by University of Skövde

Congratulations to Professor Luciano Floridi, who has received an Honorary Doctorate in Informatics from the University of Skövde. This award was in recognition of his outstanding efforts in computer science and Skövde University’s theme ‘Digitisation for sustainable development.’

Fellow of Exeter College and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, Professor Floridi’s research interests are the philosophy of information, digital ethics, and the philosophy of technology. He is a prominent voice in his field, helping shape how we think about Artificial Intelligence and digital technology ethics.

“I am deeply honoured and humbled by the award,” says Prof Floridi. “The University of Skövde is at the forefront of educational and research activities in some of the most important fields for our information society, such as data science, bioinformatics, and computer game studies. It is a privilege to join such a vibrant community.”

Prof Floridi is a member of several national and international committees and councils in the United Kingdom, the EU, the Vatican City State, and the European Commission. He also collaborates with companies and organisations such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Alan Turing Institute, Vodafone Institute and UNESCO.

“I believe that philosophy is a conceptual design,” says Prof Floridi. “We need conceptual design to develop a human project that addresses the challenges and opportunities created by the digital revolution, not just to ask the right questions, but to identify the best answers. We need to understand more to better shape our realities and thus benefit humanity and the whole environment. Philosophy must be part of the solution.”

Professor Luciano Floridi was awarded the honorary doctorate on 17 September during the University of Skövde’s biennial academic celebration. He will visit Skövde and the University at a later time. Read more about his innovative research.

Professor Luciano Floridi

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