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Fifth Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics

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  • Published Friday, March 13th, 2015
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The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago is hosting its Fifth Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics on Friday, November 6, 2015 on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago.

SymposiumFlyerThe keynote speaker will be Hasan Elahi, an interdisciplinary media artist with an emphasis on technology and media and their social implications.

Featured Speakers:

Susan Etlinger | Industry Analyst, Altimeter Group

Kishonna Gray | Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University | Moral and ethical dilemmas associated with killing (or committing violent acts) in video games

Thomas Kolster | Author of “Goodvertising,” the most comprehensive book to date exploring communication as a force for good

Maggie Orth | The Ethics of Wearable Technology | Artist, writer, technologist

Presentations from symposium sessions may be viewed here:

Part One: Welcome from CDEP Founder Don Heider; Loyola University Chicago Interim President John Pelissero; & Maggie Orth on the ethics of wearable technology

Part Two: Privacy and Surveillance

Part Three: Goodvertising with Thomas Kolster; interviewed by E.J. Schultz, Chicago Bureau Chief of Advertising Age

Part Four: Keynote Speaker Hasan Elahi, artist and activist on “The Selfie and the War on Terror”

Part Five: Ethics of Machines and Games

Part Six: The Trust Imperative

Part Seven: The Ethics of Streaming and Downloading Music

More information on past symposiums may be viewed here.

The final program is here.

Digital Ethics Symposium
Friday, November 6, 2015
Loyola University Chicago
Lewis Towers | Regents Hall | 16th Floor
111 E. Pearson
8:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m


Big Boulder Initiative Workshop: Using Social Data for Social Good

BBI_OrangeJoin us on Saturday for a workshop sponsored by the Big Boulder Initiative on “Using Social Data for Social Good.”

A working agenda for the workshop is available here.

Co-sponsored by: Big Boulder Initiative, Loyola University Chicago School of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, Social Media Club of Chicago, and the University of Chicago

Using Social Data for Social Good Workshop
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Loyola University Chicago
Schreiber Center Exhibition Hall
16 E. Pearson
9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m

Registration is now available here.

*Members of Big Boulder Initiative (BBI) are invited to join this workshop free of cost. For planning purposes, your registration is kindly requested. To join BBI, please visit the membership page to view a full overview of membership benefits and to register.

Follow along for updates by following @digethics and #digethics5.

Data, Democracy and the Human Story: A Conversation with Members of Deep Labdeeplab-grid-2048-1024x1024

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

6:30-8:00 PM

Wintrust Hall, Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business

16 E. Pearson, 9th floor

Chicago, IL 60611

In the post-Snowden age of big data, what are the arts and humanities for?

Join Illinois Humanities us as we discuss the ways that the arts and humanities might provide a way to negotiate some of the critical contemporary issues raised by technology.

In the second installment of our series, “Data, Democracy and the Human Story,” we’ll talk with three members of Deep Lab, a collaborative group of cyberfeminist researchers, artists, writers, engineers and cultural producers engaged in ongoing critical assessments of contemporary digital culture.

Simone Browne, Ingrid Burrington, and Allison Burtch will discuss how their work as artists, critics and members of the Deep Lab collective engages with issues of privacy, security and surveillance.  We’ll also release the first issue of a three-volume chapbook set accompanying the program series, including new work from Allison alongside contributions from Simone, Ingrid and selected Chicago-area artists.  Join us for a free copy of this limited-edition publication and an engaging, interactive conversation.

This program is co-sponsored by the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication, presented in conjunction with their Fifth Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics, and is supported in part by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Note: this free public event is open to all ages, but a valid photo ID is required and registration is recommended. Register at

For more information, or if you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, contact Simon Nyi at 312.422.5586 or



Planning Information


Registration is now available here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the answers to your questions here.


Friday Symposium: The final program is available here.

Saturday Workshop: A working agenda for the workshop is available here.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, located just a five minute walk from the conference site. To book a room at the Knickerbocker Hotel, please call 800.621.8140 or follow this link by Tuesday, October 6, 2015. After this date, prices are subject to regular room rates, which are based on hotel occupancy and availability.
Group code: 1511LOYOLA
Price: $169 + 16.4% hotel tax

Further hotel information available here.

Maps, Parking, Location

Loyola University Chicago
Lewis Towers | Regents Hall | 16th Floor
111 E. Pearson
8:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m

A map of the Water Tower Campus can be found here.

Parking information is available here.

Directions to campus can be found here.

Can’t find the answer you’re seeking?

  • Check out some frequently asked questions here.
  • Meghan Ashbrock, Symposium Manager, can be reached at mashbrock at luc dot edu with further questions.




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