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The Different Species of the Online Catfish: The Circle and the Ethics of Online Identity [PDF]

Ethics and the Tweeter in Chief: The Ethics of the Presidential Communication [PDF]

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture: The Ethics of the Carson King Case [PDF]

Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom? Trust, Transparency, and Ethics in Automated Journalism [PDF]

Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI: “Deepfakes” and the Ethics of Faked Videos [PDF]

Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overload: Facebook’s Policy to Allow Misleading Political Ads [PDF]

Doxing in the Name of Public Health: The Ethics of Shaming Risky Behaviors in the Time of COVID-19 [PDF]

Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire? The Complex Ethics of Online Harassment and Feminist Counterspeech [PDF]

Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech: The Ethics of Speech Regulation on Twitch [PDF]

“Some of My Best Friends are Internet Vigilantes”: Racists Getting Fired and the Ethics of Fighting Racism [PDF]

Secret Facebook Groups and the Ethics of Democracy: Are Secret Facebook Groups Good for Democracy? [PDF]

Misinformation, Social Media, and the Price of Political Persuasion: Examining Twitter’s Decision to Ban Purchased Political Advertisements [PDF]

Fighting the Amazon Fires with Misinformation: The Ethics of Celebrity Activists and Environmental Change [PDF]

Too Much of a Good Thing? Anonymity, Doxing, and the Ethics of Reddit [PDF]

Matters of Facebook Live or Death: The Ethical Challenges of Live Internet Broadcasting [PDF]

Dying to Be Online: The Ethics of Digital Death on Social Media [PDF]

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”: The Ethics of Internet Memes [PDF]

Digital Immortality on an App: The Ethics of Legacy Chatbots [PDF]

Swipe Right to Expose: Journalism, Privacy, and Digital Information [PDF]

Finsta Fad: The Real Ethics of Fake Social Media Profiles [PDF]

Doxing and Digital Journalism: The HuffPost Story on Amy Mekelburg [PDF]

Virtual Reality, Immersive Media, and Journalism: The Ethics of Facebook’s Virtual Trip to Puerto Rico [PDF]

Paying Your Way to the Top: The Ethics of Microtransactions in Video Games [PDF]

No Comment: Online Comment Sections and Democratic Discourse [PDF]

Google Assistant and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Human Interactions [PDF]

Artificial Intelligence and Online Hate Speech: From Tay AI to Automated Content Moderation [PDF]

Gaming the System? Digital Ethics and Cheating in Fortnite [PDF]

To Catfish or Not to Catfish? The Ethics of Online Deception [PDF]

When Actors Become Characters: The Ethics of Digital Real-Person Fan Fiction [PDF]

Filtering Out Cyberbullying: The Ethics of Instagram’s Anti-Bullying Filters [PDF]

Facing the Challenges of Next Generation Identification: Biometrics, Data, and Privacy [PDF]

Don’t “Like” My Children: The Ethics of “Sharenting” on Social Media [PDF]

How Can I Be So Mean to Myself? Digital Self-Harm and the Ethics of Social Media [PDF]

Sharing the Pain: The Ethics of Social Media Sharing in Times of Tragedy [PDF]

Is It Only A Game? The Ethics of First-Person Shooter Video Games [PDF]

Faking It: The Ethical Challenges of Computer-Generated Actors [PDF]

Kony 2012: Social Media Activism or Mere Slacktivism? [PDF]

Does the Photo Fit the News? The Ethics of Powerful Images in the Immigration Debate [PDF]

The Wild West of Sports Journalism? The Ethics of Sports Blogging [PDF]

Defending Freedom of Tweets? The Ethics of Athletes and Controversial Tweets [PDF]

Sacking Social Media in College Sports: The Ethics of College Athletes’ Use of Social Media [PDF]

Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming: The Ethics of Racially Insensitive Costumes [PDF]

Anti-Vax Censorship on Social Media: Limiting or Lifesaving? [PDF]

More cases coming soon!

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