Professorial Fellow Luciano Floridi has been awarded one of Italy’s most prestigious academic prizes, Premio alla Conoscenza 2018.
Premio alla Conoscenza – which translates as ‘Knowledge Award’ – is the most celebrated scientific prize within Italy’s university system. It is made by the Italian Association of University Rectors (CRUI), Italy’s equivalent to the UK’s Vice-Chancellors.
Professor Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, chair of AI4People, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the UK’s new Parliamentary Commission on Technology Ethics, which was set up in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy. His research areas include the philosophy of information, information and computer ethics, and the philosophy of technology.
Professor Floridi wrote on Twitter that he was ‘deeply honoured’ to receive the award, which he will collect at a ceremony at the Palazzo Garzolini di Toppo Wassermann in Udine on 27 June. Professor Floridi will give his lectio magistralis at the ceremony, discussing ‘The Future of Democracy in the Digital Age’.