Digital Ethics

Ethics and controversies in online and digital technologies

Twitter’s Difficult Choice in India

October 26, 2021

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

The Latest in Dirty Campaign Tricks?

October 20, 2021

Do cheapfakes raise new ethical problems in political communication? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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? 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?

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

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?

Paying Your Way to the Top

May 20, 2020

Are purchases made in multiplayer video games unethical and unfair? Read More
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? Read More
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? 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

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

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? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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? 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

“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”

Does the Photo Fit the News?

December 11, 2018

What happens when a powerful image becomes the face of the immigration debate? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
“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? Read More
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? Read More
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? 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?

Gaming the System?

November 4, 2018

What are the ethical problems with cheating in Fortnite? Read More
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? 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

Google Assistant and the Ethics of AI

September 24, 2018

What ethical issues arise when realistic-sounding AI is used in human interactions? Read More
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? Read More
Doxing and Digital Journalism

Finsta Fad

April 30, 2018

What are the real ethical issues raised by fake Instagram accounts? Read More
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? Read More
Swipe Right to Expose

Biometrics, Data, and Privacy

April 17, 2018

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

Dying to Be Online

April 12, 2018

What could go wrong when you die on Facebook? Read More
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? 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