Free Speech

Examining the limits and values of free speech in a variety of forms

A Tool for Racial Equality or Cancel Culture?

April 26, 2021

Should Yelp be in the business of branding businesses as racist? Read More
A Tool for Racial Equality or Cancel Culture?
Stopping the Spread of Anti-Vax Memes

Stopping the Spread of Anti-Vax Memes

February 8, 2021

Should platforms censor anti-vaccination memes to help end the pandemic? Read More
Stopping the Spread of Anti-Vax Memes

Newsroom Objectivity in the Age of Black Lives Mat...

January 20, 2021

What does objective reporting mean in covering the Black Lives Matter protests? Read More
Newsroom Objectivity in the Age of Black Lives Matter

The Ethics of Op-Eds

December 29, 2020

Should newspapers run controversial or offensive op-ed pieces? Read More
The Ethics of Op-Eds

TikTok, Time to Snitch

October 21, 2020

Is it ethical to use TikTok to shame fellow college students who violate COVID-19 guidelines? Read More
TikTok, Time to Snitch

Quelling Interference or Dissent?

October 20, 2020

Did Tumblr's purge of Russian misinformation accounts go too far? Read More
Quelling Interference or Dissent?

Putting the President in Check

October 13, 2020

Is Twitter's decision to add a factcheck to Trump's voter fraud tweet a good thing? Read More
Putting the President in Check

Sex, Drugs, and Hijabs on Netflix

September 21, 2020

Is Netflix's "Elite" a case of creative filmmaking or Muslim stereotyping? Read More
Sex, Drugs, and Hijabs on Netflix

Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

September 14, 2020

When the gaming platform Twitch wants to police the speech of its users, what could go wrong? Read More
Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

Picturing Justice for Kalief Browder

August 17, 2020

What ethical worries accompany Jay-Z's attempt to document injustices in the American prison system? Read More
Picturing Justice for Kalief Browder

Doxing in the Name of Public Health

July 6, 2020

Is it ethical to name and shame those that violate travel precautions in the COVID-19 pandemic? Read More
Doxing in the Name of Public Health

Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

June 22, 2020

What are the ethics of using counterspeech to fight online harassment? Read More
Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overloa...

May 21, 2020

What are the ethics of Facebook allowing potentially misleading political ads? Read More
Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overload

Written In Only to Be Excluded?

May 11, 2020

What are the ethics of screenwriting and diversity in hits like "Game of Thrones?" Read More
Written In Only to Be Excluded?

Are there Bigger Fish to Fry in the Struggle for A...

April 13, 2020

Is PETA right that our anti-animal sayings do more harm than good? Read More
Are there Bigger Fish to Fry in the Struggle for Animal Rights?

The Different Species of the Online Catfish

March 24, 2020

What ethical complexities circle around catfishing and online deception? Read More
The Different Species of the Online Catfish

Actors Playing Protestors in Real Life

March 19, 2020

What are the ethics of Bollywood celebrities joining popular protest movements--and the calls to "cancel" their careers? Read More
Actors Playing Protestors in Real Life

Dramatization or Falsification?

February 17, 2020

How far can films about journalists push the truth for dramatic effects? Read More
Dramatization or Falsification?

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

February 5, 2020

What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture merge? Read More
Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics

January 30, 2020

What are the ethics of criticizing young political activists like Greta Thunberg? Read More
Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics

Green is the New Color of Money

April 30, 2019

What are the ethical concerns with "greenwashing" in advertisements to sell products? Read More
Green is the New Color of Money

Limiting or Lifesaving?

April 9, 2019

Are there any ethical problems with banning anti-vaccination content from social media platforms? Read More
Limiting or Lifesaving?

Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

April 3, 2019

What ethical decisions await those dressing up for Halloween--and those reacting to racially insensitive costumes? Read More
Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

February 13, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when filmmakers use CGI to resurrect dead actors? Read More
The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitat...

January 22, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when a prominent photographic artist uses her children in her work? Read More
When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitation of Children?

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

January 14, 2019

When does the creation and sharing of internet memes go too far? Read More
“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

December 5, 2018

What are the ethical issues that arise with naming and shaming racists online? Read More
“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

When Actors Become Characters

November 26, 2018

What are the ethics of fictional works created by fans that involve real people as characters? Read More
When Actors Become Characters

Filtering Out Cyberbullying

November 23, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by Instagram's efforts to filter out cyberbullying? Read More
Filtering Out Cyberbullying

To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

November 15, 2018

What are the ethical problems with "catfishing" online? Read More
To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

Values Preserved in Stone

November 7, 2018

What are the ethical issues surrounding Confederate memorials? Read More
Values Preserved in Stone

Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

October 31, 2018

When does fan fiction cross the line from inspired creativity to unethical stealing? Read More
Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

AI and Online Hate Speech

September 25, 2018

Can AI save us from online hate speech? Or will it learn our worst traits? Read More
AI and Online Hate Speech

#MeToo and the Arts

July 18, 2018

What happens when the #MeToo movement meets the artworld? Read More
#MeToo and the Arts

Finsta Fad

April 30, 2018

What are the real ethical issues raised by fake Instagram accounts? Read More
Finsta Fad

Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit

April 4, 2018

What ethical issues are created in Reddit's attempts to clean up its act? Read More
Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit

Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI

March 29, 2018

What are the ethical issues involved in the use of AI in creating fake video content? Read More
Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI

Bullying our First Amendment?

March 19, 2018

What are the legal and ethical implications of bullying by text message? Read More
Bullying our First Amendment?

Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest

March 14, 2018

What are the ethics of free speech and controversial protests? Read More
Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest