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Navigating digital ethics

Critically acclaimed author and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff will give a keynote presentation at the Third Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics on October 4. The symposium, hosted by Loyola’s Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, will take place at the Water Tower Campus and feature several presentations throughout the day.

Rushkoff published his latest book this year, titled Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, which takes a look at our non-stop, always connected society and how technology informs culture. His literary works include Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, and Life Inc. among others, and PBS Frontline documentaries Digital Nation, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders. Whether it’s his writing or film making, Rushkoff has been a hallmark in the classrooms of Loyola’s School of Communication. His keynote presentation will take place at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to Rushkoff’s address, the symposium will consist of five sessions featuring individual talks and panel discussion, including Mariarosaria Taddeo of the University of Warwick, Mia Consalvo of Concordia University, Bernhard Debatin of Ohio University, Robert Cavalier of Carnegie Mellon University, Editor-in-Chief of Digital First Media Jim Brady, Cavalry Agency CEO Marty Stock, and Senior Vice President of Edelman Digital Phil Gomes, among others. After the presentations, the symposium will conclude with a networking cocktail hour.

Meghan Ashbrock, the program coordinator at the School of Communication, says the symposium ties in neatly with Loyola’s mission, as the event seeks to enlighten attendees, within and outside the Loyola community, and challenge them to think critically about a changing, yet ubiquitous, aspect of their lives.

“As a Jesuit Catholic institution—[in which] we pride ourselves on being ethical—it is important to have conversations about digital ethics,” says Ashbrock.

With a number of professionals offering their perspectives on everything from gaming to social media, Ashbrock says the event will be beneficial for students and their future careers, including how to use social media and be critical of it.

The symposium will take place in Regents Hall in Lewis Towers, a more intimate space, Ashbrock says, than last year’s Kasbeer Hall. Click here to register for the event. For the full schedule of events and topics, click here.

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