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.

HaPoC Council Meeting

On Tuesday 21 October 2014, the HaPoC Commission Council composed by Liesbeth de Mol, Giuseppe Primiero, Benedikt Loewe, Raymond Turner, Helena Durnova and gerard Alberts met in London. This was our annual Council meeting.

The discussion was focused on the present and the future of HaPoC, and its activities. In particular, the Council has considered:

Walter Isaacson on the women of ENIAC

An excerpt from the book The Innovators by Walter Isaacson on the women who programmed ENIAC.

CiE15 HaPoC Special Session

HaPoC is organising a new Special Session on History and Philosophy of Computing at the CiE2015 Evolving Computability Conference, to be held in Bucharest, Romania from June 29th to July 3rd. This new event will be organised by Marco Benini (University of Insubria) and Christine Proust (CNRS & Université Paris Diderot). The community is very grateful for their help in setting up this new Special Session and we are looking forward for a new exciting programme!

On Software Intensive Science

Among the most discussed issues of the research area of philosophy of computing these days are certainly the nature, methodology and experimental characteristics of Software Intensive Science. A recent article in Philosophy & Technology by John Symons, Jack Horner has explicitly approached SIS, available here:

The article is followed by two short comment papers, by Nicola Angius here


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