Free Speech

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

Doxing in the Name of Public Health

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
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Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

June 22, 2020

What are the ethics of using counterspeech to fight online harassment? Read More
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Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overload

Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overloa...

May 21, 2020

What are the ethics of Facebook allowing potentially misleading political ads? Read More
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Written In Only to Be Excluded?

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
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Are there Bigger Fish to Fry in the Struggle for Animal Rights?

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
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The Different Species of the Online Catfish

The Different Species of the Online Catfish

March 24, 2020

What ethical complexities circle around catfishing and online deception? Read More
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Actors Playing Protestors in Real Life

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
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Dramatization or Falsification?

Dramatization or Falsification?

February 17, 2020

How far can films about journalists push the truth for dramatic effects? Read More
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Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

February 5, 2020

What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture merge? Read More
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Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics

Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics

January 30, 2020

What are the ethics of criticizing young political activists like Greta Thunberg? Read More
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Green is the New Color of Money

Green is the New Color of Money

April 30, 2019

What are the ethical concerns with "greenwashing" in advertisements to sell products? Read More
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Limiting or Lifesaving?

Limiting or Lifesaving?

April 9, 2019

Are there any ethical problems with banning anti-vaccination content from social media platforms? Read More
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Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

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
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The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

February 13, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when filmmakers use CGI to resurrect dead actors? Read More
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When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitation of Children?

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
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“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

January 14, 2019

When does the creation and sharing of internet memes go too far? Read More
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“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”

“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
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When Actors Become Characters

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
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Filtering Out Cyberbullying

Filtering Out Cyberbullying

November 23, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by Instagram's efforts to filter out cyberbullying? Read More
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To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

To Catfish or Not to Catfish?

November 15, 2018

What are the ethical problems with "catfishing" online? Read More
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Values Preserved in Stone

Values Preserved in Stone

November 7, 2018

What are the ethical issues surrounding Confederate memorials? Read More
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Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

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
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AI and Online Hate Speech

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
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#MeToo and the Arts

#MeToo and the Arts

July 18, 2018

What happens when the #MeToo movement meets the artworld? Read More
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Finsta Fad

Finsta Fad

April 30, 2018

What are the real ethical issues raised by fake Instagram accounts? Read More
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Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit

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
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Bullying our First Amendment?

Bullying our First Amendment?

March 19, 2018

What are the legal and ethical implications of bullying by text message? Read More
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Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest

Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest

March 14, 2018

What are the ethics of free speech and controversial protests? Read More
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