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Join us for the 8th Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics, Friday, November 9th, at Loyola’s downtown campus near the Water Tower. This year’s conference theme is “From the Margins,” featuring topics related to women, people of color, and other peoples disenfranchised by and through technology.

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Digital Ethics Symposium 2018
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At this one-day symposium, Catherine D’Ignazio from Emerson College will give the keynote address.  D’Iganzio’s research explores ways in which data and technology can contribute to community empowerment and social justice. In her talk, she will focus on “data feminism.”

Susan Fowler Rigetti, who exposed allegations of sexual harassment at Uber, will give a talk about the sexism in Silicon Valley. The viral blog post, in which she revealed the culture of sexism at tech companies, led to the ouster of Uber’s CEO. For her efforts, along with many other “silence breakers,” she was named TimePerson of the Year. 

Other invited speakers are Melissa Zimdars from Merrimack College and André Brock from Georgia Tech. Zimdars is an expert on fake news and will address the moral responsibility of tech companies in combatting fake news. Brock, whose groundbreaking research on “black Twitter” made him one of the leading voices on race and digital culture, completes the quartet of invited speakers.

In addition to these four talks, the event will also feature three panels in which academics from around the country will present original research papers related to the theme of the symposium. The panels, moderated by faculty of Loyola’s School of Communication, cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from algorithmic ethics to toxicity in gaming. 

Presenters for the symposium are:  Mathias Klang, Fordham, Nora Madison, Chestnut Hill, Teri Finneman, University of Kansas, Joy Jenkins, Reuters Institute, Ryan J. Thomas, Missouri, Iris Bull, Javon Goard, Tristan Gohring, & Lucas Kempe-Cook, Indiana, Ben Medeiros, Newman, Brian Collins, Jose Marichal, Richard Neve, California Lutheran, Zachary J. McDowell, Illinois Chicago, Robin D. Burke, DePaul & Victoria I. Burke, Ryerson, Stephenson Waters, Florida, Jennifer Rosales, Georgetown, Melissa Brough, Cal State Northridge, and Ioana Literat, Columbia.

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