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For the foreseeable future, the IER will be run as an online speaker series. For questions about the speaker series, please contact Matt Kopec ( For other questions about the IER, please contact Don Fallis ( or Kay Mathiesen (  

We live in an “information society.” Information and information technologies are increasingly essential to our social, economic, and political interactions. Given this, serious reflection on information ethics is imperative. “Information ethics” studies the value questions that arise in the creation, control, and access to information. The Information Ethics Roundtable is a yearly conference, which brings together researchers from disciplines such as philosophy, information science, communications, public administration, anthropology and law to discuss the ethical issues such as information privacy, intellectual property, intellectual freedom, and censorship.


Upcoming Virtual IER Talks

Please stay tuned for upcoming information on the next Information Ethics speaker series.

Virtual Events

  • February 9, 2021 (will be rescheduled) – Catriona McKinnon, “Should we tolerate climate denial?’ – Revisited?”
  • March 10, 2021 – Josh Simons, “Regulating Informational Infrastructure: Are Facebook and Google utilities for democracy?”
  • April 8, 20201 – Jeff Hancock, “Can AI Mediate Communication? Understanding AI in Human-to-Human Interaction”
  • May 5, 2021 – Silvia Milano, “Epistemic fragmentation and the challenge to civic governance of AI services”

Virtual Events

  • October 19 2020 – Massimo Pigliucci, “The Philosophy of Pseudoscience”
  • November 18, 2020 – Rachel Sterken, Jessica Pepp, and Eliot Michaelson, “On Retweeting”
  • December 16, 2020 – Kevin Zollman, “Conformity, Social networks, and the Emergence of Pluralistic Ignorance”


“Data and Ethics”, University of Illinois

“Transparency and Secrecy”, University of Wisconsin

“Information Ethics and Policy”, University of Washington

“Consumer Health Information”, Bridgewater State College

“Secrecy”, Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

“Intellectual Property”, Montclair State University

“Privacy”, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts