Digital Ethics Case Studies

Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

[CASE STUDY]: What could go wrong with Twitch's efforts to police speech on its platform?
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Doxing in the Name of Public Health

Doxing in the Name of Public Health

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical concerns accompany the use of internet shaming in the age of COVID-19?
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Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethics of using counterspeech to fight online harassment?
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Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overload

Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overload

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethics of Facebook allowing potentially misleading political ads?
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Paying Your Way to the Top

Paying Your Way to the Top

[CASE STUDY]: Are purchases made in multiplayer video games unethical and unfair?
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The Different Species of the Online Catfish

The Different Species of the Online Catfish

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical complexities circle around catfishing and online deception?
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Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture meet?
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Fighting the Amazon Fires with Misinformation

Fighting the Amazon Fires with Misinformation

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethical dilemmas posed by celebrity activists using not-so-accurate information on social media to save the environment?
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Matters of Facebook Live or Death

Matters of Facebook Live or Death

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethical worries over Facebook Live and immediate internet broadcasting?
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Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism?

[CASE STUDY]: When online activists vow to make a villain famous, what could go wrong?
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