Digital Ethics Case Studies

TikTok, Time to Snitch

TikTok, Time to Snitch

Is it ethical to use TikTok to shame fellow students in a pandemic?
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Quelling Interference or Dissent?

Quelling Interference or Dissent?

Did Tumblr's purge of Russian misinformation accounts go too far?
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Putting the President in Check

Putting the President in Check

Should Twitter factcheck Trump's misleading tweets?
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Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

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

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?

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

What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture meet?
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