Faculty workshop ­ PhD workshop ­ Public Debate - Whom ­ and what ­ can you trust in online / mediated environments?

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Philosophy, Computer Science, Media Studies. Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.

Over the past decade, increasing attention has been given to questions of trust and privacy in online and mediated environments. These questions are complicated by important differences between face-to-face and online/mediated experiences of trust and privacy - and further complicated by the increasingly important roles of Artificial Agents (AAs) and Multi-Agent Systems (MASs) such as those at work in ³recommendations for you on commercial websites, web-page ranking algorithms used in popular search engines, and so on. At the same time, AAs and MASs are becoming increasingly autonomous ­ capable of making decisions independently of human control. Such autonomy raises centrally philosophical questions: Are such AAs and MASs further capable of making autonomous ethical judgments ­including the specific sort of judgment denoted by phronesis or practical wisdom? And: how would we know if we can or should trust these agents ­precisely as they become increasingly indispensible to our lives?

Lecturers / mentors:

  • Dag Elgesem , University of Bergen
  • James Moor , Dartmouth College
  • Judith Simon , University of Vienna &, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology,
  • Elisabeth Staksrud , University of Oslo
  • Mariarosaria Taddeo , University of Warwick
  • Herman Tavani , Rivier University, New Hampshire
  • John Weckert , Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.

For more details, including registration procedures, please see the workshops / lecture website:

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