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The Real Ethics of Fake News

Did you miss the talk on “The Real Ethics of Fake News” by Dr. Scott R. Stroud (University of Texas at Austin), the Director of the Media Ethics Initiative? Check it out here–for real!


danah boyd on Digital Ethics

The Media Ethics Initiative Presents:

Hacking Big Data:

Discovering Vulnerabilities in a Sociotechnical Society

Dr. danah boyd

Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research ¦ Founder of Data & Society Institute

March 6, 2018 ¦ Moody College of Communication ¦ University of Texas at Austin



Dr. danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. Her most recent books – “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” and “Participatory Culture in a Networked Age” – examine the intersection of everyday practices and social media. She is a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council, and a Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University, a master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Ph.D in Information from the University of California, Berkeley. This event was co-sponsored by the Global Media Industry Speaker Series.

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News Media and Democracy

Watch the Media Ethics Initiative talk by Dr. Talia Stroud (University of Texas at Austin) on “Engaging Newsrooms in the Digital Age!” Find out more about her research at the Center for Media Engagement.






Idealized Images of Women in the Media

Check out the first Media Ethics Initiative talk of the spring 2018 semester! Dr. Kate Pounders (University of Texas at Austin) explores how idealized images of women in the media affect viewers.


The Media Ethics Initiative

Want to know more about the Media Ethics Initiative? Learn more about its activities and purposes in this short video produced by students in the Moody College of Communication!


The Ethics of Climate Change Communication

There are many important decisions to be made in how we communication about climate change. What is unhelpful with appealing to a scientific consensus as a way to persuade others to hold your views on climate change? How should we argue with others on this heated topic? Watch the video below to see how Dr. Jean Goodwin (North Carolina State University) addressed these pressing issues in her Media Ethics Initiative talk.


The Dark Side of Social Media

Did you miss the exciting Media Ethics Initiative panel discussion on the issues raised by our social media technologies and practices? Watch the video to see what the editor and contributors to the new book, The Dark Side of Social Media, have to say about pressing ethical issues online.


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