The work of the Commission on History and Philosophy of Computing is discussed in a blog post by Liesbeth de Mol and Giuseppe Primiero hosted on the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery:


The Turriano ICOHTEC Prize (formerly ICOHTEC Prize for Young Scholars) is sponsored by the Juanelo Turriano Foundation and consists of 2,500 Euro. The prize winning book will be presented and discussed at a special session of the next ICOHTEC symposium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 23-29 July 2017 ( [1]). An additional 500 Euro is available to the winner in support of travelling to the conference to receive the prize.

Special Issue of HPL on History and Philosophy of Computer Science

The Journal History and Philosophy of Logic (Taylor & Francis) is publishing a Special Issue on "Logical Issues in the History and Philosophy of Computer Science", edited by Liesbeth De Mol and Giuseppe Primiero. The issue contains articles presented at various HaPoC Events. The contents are all online now:

Liesbeth De Mol, Giuseppe Primiero
When Logic Meets Engineering: Introduction to Logical Issues in the History and Philosophy of Computer Science

In Memoriam: S. Barry Cooper

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing away of Barry Cooper on Monday, 26 October. Barry has been a great inspiration to many of us. His work for establishing a truly interdisciplinary and open community around computability, through the CiE Association and the Turing celebrations, has been inspiring for the HaPoC community in many ways and will keep affecting our own work for many years to come. Barry was involved in various HaPoC events and under his presidency the Conference of the CiE Association established a HaPoC Special Session as part of the standard programme.

HaPoC GA Minutes

We have uploaded the minutes from the HaPoC General Assembly at

Bachelor Module in History and Philosophy of Computing

The BSc Degree in Computer Science at Middlesex University London launches from the Academic Year 2015/16 a Module for third year students in History and Philosophy of Computing. The Module will be lead by Giuseppe Primiero and the Handbook, including syllabus, reading materials and details of coursework can be found at

Anuj Dawar on 'Is Computer Science a Science?'

Anuj Dawar (Cambridge University) answers the old question: 'Is Computer Science a Science?'

Organisers for HaPoC Special Session at CiE 2016

In the last few years, the Computability in Europe Conference Series has hosted a Special Session on the History and Philosophy of Computing, organised in concert with the HaPoC Commission. The next CiE Conference will take place at the University of Paris 7, France. Also in this occasion, the HaPoC Commission has been asked to organise a Special Session and two colleagues have accepted to be in charge of selecting the Speakers for this event. We are now very pleased to announce the Organisers for the HaPoC Special Session at Cie2016:

Philosophy & Technology (Springer) new supplements series

Giuseppe Primiero (vice-president of the HaPoC Commission) has been nominated member of the Executive Editorial Board of the Journal Philosophy & Technology (Springer) for the Area of Philosophy of Computer Science & Technology. The Journal will inaugurate a new supplements series, for issues entirely related to each of the areas of competence in the Executive Editorial Board.


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