United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer ethics (849), established in 2009 at The University of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)


Information and computer ethics.


The main specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • develop guidelines and protocols for the discussion of ethical problems and the resolution of existing difficulties concerning digital and online information;
  • be an intellectual forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences regarding the ethics of ICT, in collaboration with UNESCO's Ethics Education Programme, Global Ethics Observatory, and Ethics around the World Programme; and
  • disseminate information to all stakeholders, ethicists, scientists, ICT experts, policy-makers, the general public and new generations, about UNESCO's initiatives concerning the ethical issues related to creative and innovative digital technologies and that need to be addressed, especially with respect to developing countries (e.g. availability of and access to low-cost technologies focused on common public health and social needs).

Host Institution

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Communication and Information.


Prof. Luciano Floridi
Project leader
Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire Hertfordshire AL10 9AB
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: +44-(0)-1707-285-561
E-mail: l.floridi(at)herts.ac.uk