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The Annual Digital Lecture: Semantic Capital: what it is and how to protect it

In this talk Luciano Floridi presents new research on ‘semantic capital’, which he defines as the capital of ideas, knowledge, meaning and culture, and how it can be protected and fostered by the digital. What may digital ethics do to ensure its care, protection, and development?

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he directs the Digital Ethics Lab (DELab) of the Oxford Internet Institute. He is also Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and Chair of its Data Ethics research Group, and Chairman of the Ethics Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework. He sits on the EU’s Ethics Advisory Group on Ethical Dimensions of Data Protection, on the Royal Society and British Academy Working Group on Data Governance, and on Google Advisory Board on ‘the right to be forgotten’. His areas of expertise include the philosophy of information, digital ethics, and the philosophy of technology. His recent books include ‘The Fourth Revolution – How the infosphere is reshaping human reality’ (2014), ‘The Ethics of Information’ (2013), and ‘The Philosophy of Information’ (2011).

This lecture was followed by a poster exhibition of digital research projects conducted by The National Archives. From investigating the potential of blockchain to experimenting with Handwritten Text Recognition, you can view the digital research posters in this PDF (0.41 MB). If you would like to find out more about the projects featured, or to explore opportunities for collaboration, please contact



  1. Rod Harris (in Australia) says:

    Dear Archives

    I downloaded and listened to this podcast, thank you.

    I found it is in stereo, but with only one channel used — and that at low volume.

    whilst other tools are available, could I suggest you use “Audacity” to issue the podcast in mono (if the source is single channel) and use the function “Normalise” to give the output about the same level as podcasts from other content creators?



    1. Rod Harris (in Australia) says:


      The first 27 seconds and last 17 seconds are in stereo but the content between is Right channel only.

      It looks like the recording level of applause at the end of the session has caused the “normalising” to be limited to the higher level of the applause and thus the talk is at a low level.


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