Ethics for a Digital Age
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Thematically organized around three of the most pressing ethical issues of the digital age (shifting of professional norms, moderating offensive content, and privacy), this volume offers a window into some of the hot-button ethical issues facing a society where digital has become the new normal. Straddling an applied ethical and theoretical approach, the research represented not only reflects on how our ethical frameworks have been changed and challenged by digital technology, but also provides insights for those confronted with specific ethical dilemmas related to digital technology. With contributions from established experts and up-and-coming scholars alike, this book cuts across disciplines and with appeal to communication scholars, philosophers, and anyone with an interest in ethics and technology.


Bastiaan Vanacker (PhD, University of Minnesota) is an Associate Professor at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, where he also serves as the Program Director for the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy.

Don Heider (PhD., University of Colorado) is a Professor in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. He is the founding dean of the School, where he also helped found the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy. He is the author and editor of six books, and a former journalist who won six Emmy awards for his work.


Contents: Ashley Rose Kelly: Emerging Genres of Science Communication and Their Ethical Exigencies – Kathleen Bartzen Culver and Michael Mirer: Constrained Independence: Digital Branded Content in Sports through the Lens of Journalism Ethics – Jason M. Shepard: The Emerging Uses of Ethical Principles in Journalist’s Privilege Law – Thorsten Busch: Corporate Responsibility in the Videogames Industry: Mapping the Territory – J. David Wolfgang: Opening the Marketplace: A Case for the Protection of Anonymous Online Comments – Jonathan Peters: Considering and Constraining the Power of Content Hosts – Caitlin Ring Carlson: Hashtags and Hate Speech: The Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of Social Media Companies to Manage Content Online – Burcu S. Bakioglu: When the Inmates Run the Asylum: Grief Play in the Virtual Panopticon of Second Life – Lynn Schofield Clark: The Ethics of Engagement: Considering Digital Ethics in a Critical Participatory Action Research Project with Urban Youth – Anntette N. Markham: From Using to Sharing: A Story of Shifting Fault Lines in Privacy and Data Protection Discourse – Jan Fernback: Privacy Rights and Data Brokers: The Ethics of a Targeted Surveillance Regime – Bastiaan Vanacker: Concluding Remarks.