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Please join us for the 7th Annual Symposium on Digital Ethics, featuring keynote speaker Cathy O’Neil.

The Symposium will be held Friday, October 13th in Regents Hall, at Lewis Towers, 111 E Pearson. Check-in and breakfast begin at 8:30am, and the day ends with a cocktail hour at 4:15pm.


- | Regents Hall, 16th floor
Breakfast and Registration
- | Regents Hall, 16th floor | Single Session
Symposium Welcome
Don Heider
Don Heider
Dean, Loyola Chicago School of Communication
Loyola University Chicago

Don Heider is the Founding Dean and Professor at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. He is the Founder of the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy. He is editor of A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism EthicsDigital Ethics: Research & Practice and Living Virtually. Heider is a multiple Emmy-award winning producer and reporter who spent ten years in news before entering the academy.

- | Regents Hall, 16th floor | Single Session
The Fight for the Soul of Our Civilization
Shoshana Zuboff
Shoshana Zuboff

Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and author of Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization.

- | Beane Hall, 13th floor | Concurrent Sessions
Ethics, News & Journalism
Jill Geisler

Jill Geisler is the inaugural Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity, a position designed to connect Loyola’s School of Communication with the needs and interests of contemporary and aspiring media professionals worldwide.  Geisler is known internationally as a teacher and coach of leaders in media and beyond.  @JillGeisler 

  • What Ethical Challenges Await Us in the Fight Against Fake News
    Scott R. Stroud
    University of Texas

    Scott R. Stroud received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University and is currently an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored two scholarly books, John Dewey and the Artful Life (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011) and Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014). He has co-authored the ethics textbook A Practical Guide to Ethics: Living and Leading with Integrity (Westview Press, 2008). He is the founding director of the Media Ethics Initiative (, an organization created to encourage more scholarly reflection on the ethical choices involved in media production and use.

  • Audience Expectations of Journalism Ethics in the Age of Drones
    Kathleen Bartzen Culver

    Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and associate director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and the effects of boundary-free communication on free expression. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and education curator for PBS MediaShift.

    Megan Duncan
  • When News is Local But Publication is Not: Consideration of Privacy and Geography in Online News
    Chris Roberts
    University of Alabama

    Chris Roberts, Ph.D., is an associate professor and head of graduate studies in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama. He was a reporter and editor at Southern newspapers from 1979 until 2006. He is current writing the second edition (with co-author Jay Black) of Doing Ethics in Media: Theories and Practical Applications. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists ethics committee, helping revise its ethics code in 2014.

- | Regents Hall, 16th floor | Concurrent Sessions
Who's Watching and Who's Deceiving
Meghan Dougherty, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Digital Communication
Loyola University Chicago

Dougherty studies the preservation of Web cultural heritage and Web historiography. With a background in media ecology, she teaches courses in digital culture, Internet research methods, and communication technology.

  • Structurally Dictated Surveillance: The Ethics of Sorting Mobile Phone Users
    Jan Fernback

    Jan Fernback, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. She is an award-winning teacher, the creator of a communication pedagogy curriculum for Ph.D. students, and author of Teaching Communication and Media Studies: Pedagogy and Practice, published by Routledge. Her current work examines issues of privacy and surveillance online and in mobile technologies, the impact of information/communication technologies on urban revitalization efforts, institutional uses of ICTs, and the meaning of virtual community in contemporary culture.

    Sam Srauy
  • Surveillance Capitalism Turned Outside-in: Big Data-Driven Workplace Surveillance in Switzerland
    Thorsten Busch
    St. Gallen

    Thorsten Busch, Ph.D., is a Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and Affiliated Faculty at Concordia University’s Technoculture, Art & Games Research Centre in Montréal, Canada. He teaches digital business ethics and game studies, and his current research focuses on Big Data-driven workplace surveillance, the design of moral choices in digital games, and on corporate regulation of digital public spheres, especially with regard to harassment in online games.

  • Ethical Dimensions of Deception and Cheating Detection
    Jo Ann Oravec
    Wisconsin White Water and Madison

    Jo Ann Oravec is a full professor in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management. She is also affiliated with the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science, Technology, & Society Studies and the Computer Sciences Department (artificial intelligence) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

- | Regents Hall, 16th floor | Concurrent Sessions
Digital Ethics Keynote & Lunch
Bastiaan Vanacker
Bastiaan Vanacker
Program Director
Loyola University Chicago

Professor Vanacker is the Program Director for the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. His work focuses on media ethics and law and international communication, and he has been published in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

He is the author of Global Medium, Local Laws: Regulating Cross-border Cyberhate and the Editor of Ethics for a Digital Age.


  • Cyberprivacy and the Right to Erasure
    Alexander Tsesis
    Loyola University Chicago

    Alexander Tsesis is the Raymond & Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law and Professor of Law at the Loyola. He is also the General Editor of the Cambridge Studies on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. His most recent books are Constitutional Ethos: Liberal Equality for the Common Good (Oxford University Press 2017) and For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence (Oxford University Press 2012).

  • The Internet of Toys
    Irina Raicu
    Santa Clara

    Raicu, Internet Ethics Program Director at the Center, is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.) and was formerly an attorney in private practice. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, the Huffington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, and Re/Code.

  • The Political Effects of Autonomous Killing
    Ryan Jenkins
    Cal Poly

    Dr. Jenkins is an assistant professor of philosophy and a senior fellow at the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He studies the ethics of emerging technologies, especially automation, cyber war, autonomous weapons, and driver-less cars. His work has appeared in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, the Journal of Military Ethics, Slate, and Forbes, among others.

  • Keynote: Weapons of Math Destruction
    Cathy O’Neill
    Cathy O’Neill

    Data scientist and Author of Weapons and Math Destruction, which examines how algorithms can have destructive effects on people.

- | Beane Hall, 13th floor | Concurrent Sessions
Privacy & Consent
David Kamerer
Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Dr. Kamerer, serves as associate professor in the School of Communication at Loyola, where he teaches digital media, measurement and public relations. He earned his Ph.D. in Telecommunications from Indiana University and has earned accreditations from the Public Relations Society of America (APR) and Google (Google Analytics Individual Qualification). He blogs at

  • Dynamic Trade-Offs: Security and Privacy in Cyberspace by U.S. Laws and Regulations 1968-2017
    Ido Sivan-Sevilla

    Ido Sivan-Sevilla is a computer and social scientist. He has accumulated multi-dimensional experience in cyber security and public policy from the private and public sectors as well as in the Israeli Air Force [Captain] and academia. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studying the regulatory tensions between security and privacy in cyberspace. His award-winning Ph.D. presentation was part of several leading cyber security and public policy conferences including NATO’s CyCon in 2017.

  • Improving Informed Consent for Digital Trace Data Collection
    Ericka Menchen -Trevino
    American University

    Ericka Menchen-Trevino is an Assistant Professor at American University. She earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University’s School of Communication and was previously an Assistant Professor at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is working to integrate mixed methods social science research with digital trace data analysis. Ericka does this by advancing methodological approaches and by developing research software (see Web Historian http://www.webhistorian. org ). She applies these methods to study the intersection of political communication and digital media.

- | Regents Hall, 16th floor | Concurrent Sessions
Watching & Outing
George Villanueva
Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Professor Villanueva pursues questions about the changing global context of community, civic engagement, social justice, race and ethnicity, equitable urban development, democracy, the city, public culture, and visual communication.

  • A Case Study of Doxing Interactions as Communicative Acts
    Jasmine McNealy
    University of Florida

    Jasmine McNealy, J.D., Ph.D., is a scholar of media, information, and technology with a view toward influencing law and policy. She is an assistant professor of telecommunication at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She is the 2016-2017 Head of the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Vice Chair of the International Communication Association’s Communication Law & Policy Division.

  • The Ethics of Professor Watchlist
    Shannon M. Oltmann
    University of Kentucky

    Shannon M. Oltmann is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. She has presented her research at academic conferences such as the Information Ethics Roundtable, the Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science & Technology, the iConference, and the International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry. Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Library Quarterly, Public Libraries Quarterly, Collection Management, Libri, and Library and Information Science Research.

    Lois A. Scheidt
    Indiana University

    Lois Ann Scheidt is an interdisciplinary scholar with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, master’s degrees in Public Administration and Human-Computer Interaction and a PhD in Informatics from Indiana University. Her writing has appeared in prominent publications such as the Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (IEEE), Information, Technology, & People, and New Media & Society.

- | Regents Hall, 16th floor | Interview
Interview with Nev Schulman
Don Heider
Don Heider
Dean, Loyola Chicago School of Communication
Loyola University Chicago

Don Heider is the Founding Dean and Professor at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. He is the Founder of the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy. He is editor of A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism EthicsDigital Ethics: Research & Practice and Living Virtually. Heider is a multiple Emmy-award winning producer and reporter who spent ten years in news before entering the academy.

- | Regents Hall, 16th floor | Single Session
AI Governance: How Industry is Approaching the Ethical Impact of AI
Susan Etlinger
Industrial Analyst

Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst at Altimeter. Her research focuses on the impact of artificial intelligence, data and advanced technologies on business and culture, and is used in university curricula around the world. Susan’s TED talk, “What Do We Do with All This Big Data?” has been translated into 25 languages and has been viewed more than one million times. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, and has been quoted in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, BBC, and The New York Times.

- | Regents Hall, 16th floor | After Hours
Cocktails & Networking
General Information

The Center for Digital Ethics & Policy at Loyola hosts an annual Internal Symposium on Digital Ethics. The one-day event brings together invited speakers and juried research covering topics such as surveillance, fake news, drones, the internet of things, and the right to be forgotten. And a special exhibit on memes curated by Ryan Milner, author of The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media.

Past participants include Anita Sarkessian, Mia Consolvo, Lilie Chouliaraki, Sherry Turkle, Jeroen van den Hoven, Bernard Debatin, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Helen Nissenbaum, Jane McGonigal, Whitney Phillips, Herman Tavani, Nicole B. Ellison, Max Schrems , Meg Leta Jones , Douglas Rushkoff, Joshua Fairfield, Miguel Sicart, Sally Wyatt, Annette Markham, Charles Ess, Julian Dibbell and Luciano Floridi.

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