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Protecting Leakers in the Digital Age

By Bastiaan Vanacker
June 7, 2017
As volatile and unpredictable as President Trump’s first months in office have been, he has been consistent in his derision of leaks and in calling for the prosecution of those responsible for them.

Although seemingly trivial, livestreaming on social media poses serious problems

By Bastiaan Vanacker
May 15, 2017
It has been well over one year now since Facebook enabled its almost two billion users to stream live video. During the roll-out, Facebook unabashedly encouraged its users to embrace the opportunity to “create, share and discover live videos.” Unlike Twitter, which required that users download the Periscope app separately before they could livestream, Facebook offered a fully integrated streaming functionality.

College Entrance Exam – “Nailed It”; Social Media Background Check – “Failed It”

By Terri Williams
April 21, 2017
Colleges weigh a variety of factors when deciding whether to admit an applicant. Students know the importance of test scores, grades, recommendations, extracurricular activities, and the college application essay. But there’s another factor that may actually be important as well.

Toward an ethic of personal technologies

By Rhema Zlaten
April 7, 2017
The permeation of personal technology devices in American culture suggests that people have a deepening desire to be constantly connected to the world around them. The ease of information access and sharing created by smartphones and other personal technology devices helps to sustain a seamless integration of physical and digital selves. Americans tend to eagerly embrace the benefits of these personal technologies without giving much consideration to the right to information privacy, despite…

Why We Should Hold Facebook Responsible for Fake News

By David Stockdale
March 22, 2017
The results of the 2016 presidential election have proven to be something of a Rorschach test for the politically conscious. President-elect Donald Trump pulled off an Electoral College victory and a stunning upset against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton through narrow wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Notably, Trump lost the popular vote to Clinton by more than 2.8 million votes.

Why We Should Hold Ourselves Responsible for Fake News

By Benjamin van Loon
March 8, 2017
No matter where you’ve stuck your pin on the political map, everyone can agree that the 2016 U.S. presidential election was not business as usual for American democracy.