Rafael Capurro: The International Conference on China’s Information Ethics – A Conference Report

Link: The International Conference on China’s Information Ethics, 28-29, October, 2010 Beijing, China.

The International Conference on China’s Information Ethics – A Conference Report
by Rafael Capurro

It was a very successful conference thanks to the commitment of Prof. LI Maosen and his team.

Some 60 participants, professors and students, from different Chinese universities and institutions attended the conference as well non-chinese participants:

Prof. Goran Collste and his wife Kristina (Linkoping University, Sweden),
Prof. Makoto Nakada (University of Tsukuba, Japan),
PhD. Cand. Suyin Yang (University of Tsukuba, Japan),
Prof. John Weckert (Canberra, Australia),
Dr. Monica Taylor (UK, Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education),
UNESCO Office Beijing (Ms. M. Doumy, Mr. L. Tabing, Ms. G. Zeng).

The conference was supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Speeches at the opening ceremony by

Prof. XU Weicheng (Editor in Chief, Chinese Encycl. Publ. House),
Prof. XUE Huanbai (Vice-President of Renmin University),
Prof. WAN Junren (Dean of Humanities School, Tsinghua University),
and myself (on behalf of the ICIE).

Keynotes from

Prof. Makoto Nakada (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Prof. LU Yaohuai (Suzhou Science and Technology Institute),
Prof. XU Zuzhe (Beijing Information Industry Association)
and myself.

Four group meetings with short presentations and open discussions dealing with:

Freedom of expression on the internet,
E-democracy and e-participation,
Data protection and privacy,
Chinese culture and values,
Values of better life,
Environmental issues,
Knowledge sharing on the internet,
Moral education,
Philosophical foundations of information ethics.

There was a lively interest on Western views of information ethics no less than on Western liberal traditions of political thought.

The proceedings were distributed at the beginning of the conference and will be available on the internet. These are the authors and titles of the papers:

1. Rafael Capurro (International Center for Information Ethics): The Dao of the Information Society in China and the Task of Intercultural Information Ethics

2. NN: Personal Health Monitoring Ethics

3. Makoto Nakada (University of Tsukuba, Japan): Ba, roboethics and information ethics – blogs, privacy, robots in Japanese Ba or Seken which reflects traditional Asian culture(s) and ontological views in this world.

4.Gong Qun (Center for Ethics and Moral Reconstruction, School of Philosophy, Renmin University): Philosophical Reflection as to the Ethic of Network Information

5. Chang Jinfang (School of Philosophy, Renmin University): From “the private” to “citizen”: The publicus trenf of the subject of cyberspace

6. Han Dongping, Zhu Jia (Department of Philosophy of Huzhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei): Cyberspace: Anonymity or Real-name

7.Huang donggui, Huang Hailian, Yang Ting (Political College of the Guangxi University, Nanning, Guangxi): Ethical thinking of network “human-powered search” phenomenon

8. Huang Yue, Xin Yan (Guangxi Economic Management Cadre College): The concepts and methocs of innovative colleges in ideological and moral education in the field of internet vision – based on the survey on the university students’ network life in Guangxi Economic Management Cadre College

9.Shi Quipei, Liu Dongjing (Legal science and economy institute of Xinjiang Normal University): Studies on the network ethics caused by “manpower search”.

10. Nie Jingang (School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China): Ethical Reflections on Citizen’s Political Participation

11. Li Zhi-qiang, Liu Zhi-ping (The Research Institute for Intellectual Culture and Social Development, North China University of Technology, Beijing): An Analysis on the Research Situation and Prospect of Information Ethics Education  in China

12. Lu Yaohuai (Public Administration College, Suzhou Science and Technology Institute, Suzhou): On Information Ethics

13. Zhang Yimu (School of Philosophy, Renmin University): On Ethical Intervention in Information Society

14. Li Rui (Library of Beijing Forestry University): Ouline the hot spot information ethics research

15. Fan Hao: The World of Ethics under Electronic “Mode of Information”

16. Tian Wen-li, Li Ying-chao (School of Humanities and Law, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin): Research on the Legalization Path of Information Ethics

17. Zeng Yun-ying (Guanxi Normal University, Guilin): An Analysis on the Practical Effect and Equilibrium Stability of College Students’s Shame Sense Education

18. Li Maosen (School of Philosophy, Renmin University): Why do we accept international rules?

19. Nie Jinggang (School of Philosophy, Renmin University): Ethical Reflections on Citizen’s Online Political Participation

20. Wang Le (School of Philosophy, Renmin University): Doctrine of the mean — Information Ethics should have this meaning

21. Tian Wenli, Liu Fan (Hebei Technology University, Tianjin): The information of the universe noumenon and its ethics exploration — an ethical unscrambling of the information in the Bible

22. Liu Guichang (Marxism School of the Zhe Jiang Sic-Tec University): Chinese traditional “Tsun Zi” and modern network ethics

23. Zhu Xiaolin, Wang Gouyu (Humanity School of Da Lian Sci-Tec University): The Freedom and Privacy Issues in Ubiquitous Computing

24. YANG, Suyin and NAKADA, Makoto (University of Tsukuba, Japan): Privacy in the Information Society. A Study on the Recognition of Privacy of the Internet Users in China

There was a lot of time for personal conversations and everybody enjoyed the wonderful Chinese meals.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) will create a network and an internet platform of Information Ethics in China.

Reports of the Conference by Chinese Media:

It was also broadcasted on TV