Digital Ethics

Ethics and controversies in online and digital technologies

The Ethics of AI Art

February 24, 2023

For thousands of years, art has been an endeavor of the human race. From Rembrandt to Basquiat, from the Benin Bronzes to the new wave cinema of Hong Kong, art…...
The Ethics of AI Art

With Great Fame Comes Great Responsibility?

February 13, 2023

TikTok Influencers have a lot of power. Should they use it in ethical ways?...
With Great Fame Comes Great Responsibility?

The Ethics of DNA Predictive Technology in Law Enf...

December 5, 2022

What are the ethical tradeoffs of surveillance software in online education?...
The Ethics of DNA Predictive Technology in Law Enforcement

Imperfections or Revealing Mistakes on Twitter?

November 30, 2022

What ethical concerns arise when Twitter users can edit their tweets?...
Imperfections or Revealing Mistakes on Twitter?

Newsworthy Expression or Tragic Tea?

October 18, 2022

Are coordinated political campaigns ethical?...
Newsworthy Expression or Tragic Tea?

Is Coordinated Political Activity on Social Media ...

October 13, 2022

Are coordinated political campaigns ethical?...
Is Coordinated Political Activity on Social Media a Threat to Democracy?

The Ethics of TikTok Trends

September 15, 2022

When do popular TikTok trends become unethical?...
The Ethics of TikTok Trends

Socratic Discussion or Masked Bigotry?

September 1, 2022

How offensive can trolls be? A case study in online free speech....
Socratic Discussion or Masked Bigotry?

More than a Fashion Faux Pas?

August 25, 2022

Can inclusive advertising survive the heavy hand of Facebook's able-biased AI?...
More than a Fashion Faux Pas?
Internet Activism

Internet Activism or Cyberterrorism?

August 18, 2022

Is hacktivism an ethical form of protest or activism?...
Internet Activism or Cyberterrorism?

A Straight Man in Damascus?

July 26, 2022

Can a blog author blur their identity to increase attention on an important issue?...
A Straight Man in Damascus?

Ethical Challenges in the Fight against Gun Violen...

July 11, 2022

What are ethical concerns with police using technology to detect gunshots?...
Ethical Challenges in the Fight against Gun Violence

Promoting Safety or Infringing on Privacy?

June 16, 2022

What are the ethical tradeoffs of surveillance software in online education?...
Promoting Safety or Infringing on Privacy?

“Act Like You’re Crying”

February 1, 2022

What are the ethics of influencers and kidfluencers on YouTube?...
“Act Like You’re Crying”

Aiding the Cause or Enabling Performative Activism...

January 19, 2022

What are the ethics of sharing social justice posts on Instagram?...
Aiding the Cause or Enabling Performative Activism?

Democratizing the Best or Enabling the Worst?

January 13, 2022

Is Amazon's easy self-publishing good or bad for democracy?...
Democratizing the Best or Enabling the Worst?

Should Our Past Follow Us Forever Online?

December 13, 2021

What are the ethics of unpublishing or removing news items?...
Should Our Past Follow Us Forever Online?

Getting the News Out with Apple News+

December 7, 2021

What ethical concerns arise when Apple distributes the news?...
Getting the News Out with Apple News+

Twitter’s Difficult Choice in India

October 26, 2021

How should Twitter deal with government demands to regulate speech in India?...
Twitter’s Difficult Choice in India

The Latest in Dirty Campaign Tricks?

October 20, 2021

Do cheapfakes raise new ethical problems in political communication?...
The Latest in Dirty Campaign Tricks?

A Tool for Racial Equality or Cancel Culture?

April 26, 2021

Should Yelp be in the business of branding businesses as racist?...
A Tool for Racial Equality or Cancel Culture?

Ethical Targeting or Transgressing Ethics?

March 30, 2021

Is it ethical to use personalized data to target voters in political ad campaigns?...
Ethical Targeting or Transgressing Ethics?

Privacy versus Products in Targeted Digital Advert...

March 24, 2021

How far can digital advertisers go in using our personal data to sell their products?...
Privacy versus Products in Targeted Digital Advertising
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?...
Stopping the Spread of Anti-Vax Memes

The Ethics of Digital Contact Tracing

January 28, 2021

What worries arise when we use digital contact tracing to fight COVID-19?...
The Ethics of Digital Contact Tracing

TikTok, Time to Snitch

October 21, 2020

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

Quelling Interference or Dissent?

October 20, 2020

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

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?...
Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

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?...
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?...
Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

Paying Your Way to the Top

May 20, 2020

Are purchases made in multiplayer video games unethical and unfair?...
Paying Your Way to the Top

Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom...

April 27, 2020

As artificial intelligence plays an increasing role in newsrooms, what ethical issues arise?...
Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom?

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?...
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?...
The Different Species of the Online Catfish

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

February 5, 2020

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

Fighting the Amazon Fires with Misinformation

December 2, 2019

What are the ethical dilemmas posed by celebrity activists using not-so-accurate information on social media to save the environment?...
Fighting the Amazon Fires with Misinformation

Secret Facebook Groups and the Ethics of Democracy

November 18, 2019

People are turning to secret Facebook groups to express their political opinions. What are the ethical implications of this trend for democracy?...
Secret Facebook Groups and the Ethics of Democracy

Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

November 12, 2019

When online activists vow to make a villain famous, what could go wrong?...
Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

Matters of Facebook Live or Death

November 12, 2019

What are the ethical worries over Facebook Live and immediate internet broadcasting?...
Matters of Facebook Live or Death

Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism

November 12, 2019

What are the ethics of using virtual reality in real journalism?...
Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism

Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

April 3, 2019

What ethical decisions await those dressing up for Halloween--and those reacting to racially insensitive costumes?...
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?...
The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

January 14, 2019

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

Does the Photo Fit the News?

December 11, 2018

What happens when a powerful image becomes the face of the immigration debate?...
Does the Photo Fit the News?

Digital Immortality on an App

December 10, 2018

When AI chatbots let us talk with the dead, what ethical issues might haunt us?...
Digital Immortality on an App

Is It Only A Game?

December 6, 2018

First-person shooter video games are popular. But are they ethical to enjoy?...
Is It Only A Game?

“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

December 5, 2018

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

How Can I Be So Mean to Myself?

December 4, 2018

What are the ethical concerns with the new phenomena of digital self-harm?...
How Can I Be So Mean to Myself?

Don’t “Like” My Children

November 28, 2018

What could go wrong when parents share information about their children online?...
Don’t “Like” My Children

When Actors Become Characters

November 26, 2018

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

Filtering Out Cyberbullying

November 23, 2018

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

To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

November 15, 2018

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

Gaming the System?

November 4, 2018

What are the ethical problems with cheating in Fortnite?...
Gaming the System?

Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

October 31, 2018

When does fan fiction cross the line from inspired creativity to unethical stealing?...
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?...
AI and Online Hate Speech

Google Assistant and the Ethics of AI

September 24, 2018

What ethical issues arise when realistic-sounding AI is used in human interactions?...
Google Assistant and the Ethics of AI

Doxing and Digital Journalism

July 6, 2018

When can journalists reveal the identity of controversial social media users?...
Doxing and Digital Journalism

Finsta Fad

April 30, 2018

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

Swipe Right to Expose

April 24, 2018

What could go wrong with an investigative journalist covering the sordid side of the Rio Olympics?...
Swipe Right to Expose

Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

April 17, 2018

Does national security trade off with privacy in biometric identification?...
Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

Dying to Be Online

April 12, 2018

What could go wrong when you die on Facebook?...
Dying to Be Online

Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit

April 4, 2018

What ethical issues are created in Reddit's attempts to clean up its act?...
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?...
Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI