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The Center for Digital Ethics & Policy at Loyola University Chicago ( will be holding its 9th annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics on November 7th and 8th 2019. This year, we are inviting research teams consisting of one senior and one junior scholar to submit a research proposal.

We are looking for papers on digital ethics. Topics might include but are not limited to privacy, hate speech, fake news, platform ethics, AI/robotics/algorithms, predictive analytics, native advertising online, influencer endorsements, predictive analytics, VR, intellectual property, hacking, scamming, surveillance, information mining, data protection, shifting norms in journalism and advertising, transparency, digital citizenship, or anything else relating to ethical questions raised by digital technology. This is an interdisciplinary symposium, we welcome all backgrounds and approaches to research.

Researchers can either submit a proposal as a team (consisting of one junior and one senior scholar) or individually. In the latter case, organizers will match submitters up with a partner based on compatibility of the proposal. Five teams will be selected to present completed research at the symposium and critique each others’ work during five 75-minute sessions. After further review, the articles will be eligible for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Media Ethics.

For the purposes of this symposium, we define “senior scholars” as  researchers who have been employed as a full-time faculty member for five years or more. “Junior scholars” have not met this threshold or are currently enrolled in a doctoral program.

Abstracts should propose original research that has not been presented or published elsewhere. The abstract should be between 500 and 1,000 words in length (not including references) and should include a discussion of the methodology used. Please also submit a current C.V. of all authors with the abstract. Abstracts are due on May 20, notifications will be sent out by June 5. Completed papers will be due by October 15. 

 Organizers will cover lodging for two nights and most meals and will provide small stipends to symposium participants.

 Send your submission in a MS Word document attachment, with Digital Ethics Symposium submission in the subject line to All other questions and inquiries can also be sent to the same email address.

 The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy was founded through the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago in an effort to foster more dialogue, research, and guidelines regarding ethical behavior in online and digital environments. The center publishes essays, develops sets of best practices and hosts an annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics. Essays from the previous symposia have been collected in three edited volumes and one (upcoming) special issue of the Journal of Media Ethics.


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