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

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

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

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

Written In Only to Be Excluded? The Ethics of Screenwriting and Diversity in Game of Thrones [PDF]

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

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

Are there Bigger Fish to Fry in the Struggle for Animal Rights? PETA’s Campaign against Anti-Animal Language [PDF]

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

Images of Death in the Media: Journalism and the Ethics of Using the Dead [PDF]

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

Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics: The Ethics of Criticizing Children in the Public Sphere [PDF]

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

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

This Bake Sale Got Burnt: Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest [PDF]

Bullying our First Amendment? [PDF]

Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before: Fan Fiction and the Ethics of Imitation [PDF]

Values Preserved in Stone: The Ethics of Confederate Memorials [PDF]

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

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

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

No Comment: Online Comment Sections and Democratic Discourse [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]

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

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

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

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

Photographic Art and Ethics: When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitation of Children? [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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