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Kristin Trehearne Lane
Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Digital Ethics and Policy to Host Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics
Award-Winning Social Activist Anita Sarkeesian to Present Keynote Address
CHICAGO, October 30, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, which is housed within Loyola’s School of Communication, will host the fourth annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics on November 7, 2014 at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago.
The one-day symposium includes a line-up of notable thought leaders, including keynote speaker Anita Sarkeesian, creator of “Feminist Frequency,” a video web series that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives, including video games. Her series gained notoriety in 2012 when a campaign to fund the blog sparked an onslaught of online harassment and threats.
“Anita Sarkeesian embodies what it means to fight for an ethical stance,” said Don Heider, dean of Loyola’s School of Communication and founder of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. “She is quickly becoming one of the most important voices advocating for women in digital spaces.”
Other notable presenters include Google’s Brian Fitzpatrick, who leads the company’s Transparency Engineering team, and John Thomas, editorial content director at Groupon.
Panels and breakout sessions will feature leaders in technology, authors, and academics, who will speak on topics related to ethics, including digital free speech, technology, gender, digital culture, privacy, and transparency.
About the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy
In 2010, the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy was founded through Loyola University Chicago’sSchool of Communication in an effort to foster more dialogue, research, and guidelines regarding ethical behavior in online and digital environments. The center publishes essays, develops sets of best practices, and hosts an annualInternational Symposium on Digital Ethics. Essays from the first symposium have been published in a book: Digital Ethics; Research & Practice, which you can find here.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and GraduateSchool. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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