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Upcoming and past meetings, events and seminars related to media ethics are shared here. The announcements that follow are based on information supplied by the organizations involved or other sponsors. If you wish to have announcements of future meetings published in Media Ethics, pelase send program and contact infromation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as early as possible. 


The 5th International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design - May 27 - 29, 2016

The International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design is a three-day conference that focuses on the exchange of information on research, development, and applications are categorized under such main headings as Communication Technologies, Social Media, Visual Communication and Design, Integrated Marketing Communication, Communication Education, Film Studies, Communication Barriers, Health Communication, Media Management and Economics, Political Communication, Discourse Analysis, Communication in Education, and Communication and Media Studies in General.

Held in Zagreb, Croatia this year, this annual conference is coordinated by Associate Professor Dr. Agah Gumus, the Editor in Chief of Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies.

The conference is seeking paper submissions to be included in the Conference Proceedings (Soft Copy) and published on the conference Web site. In addition, all papers will be published in one of the following journals.

You are invited to attend and to submit proposals for papers. Last day to submit abstracts is April 15, 2016.

Journal of Media Education Seeking Creative Work

The Journal of Media Education is accepting submissions of creative work as part of an on-going mission to expand publication opportunities for those involved in all areas of media production.

If you have a recent audio/video/animation/script that you would like to have considered in the October 2016 issue of JoME, send an email inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than July 1, 2016. Summarize the project content, and include the project length and your involvement. Do not send the project via email. If your project is accepted for consideration you will be contacted with instructions regarding how to submit it.

All submissions must be primarily the work of the person submitting (student/volunteer participation is acceptable but must not be primary). Work done for organizations (national or local) is acceptable as long as it was done as a part of your faculty growth/development (work done as a part of your private production company, for example, would not be acceptable). All projects accepted will be expected to be accompanied by a 1500-3000 word article describing the pedagogical applications, purpose and nature of the project, a narrative of the process, discussion of your role and the roles of other participants, and a summary of the outcome, i.e., did it meet the goals established, what are the considerations for the future, etc.

BEA Super-Regional Conference - Oct. 13 - 15, 2016

Join the Broadcast Education Association and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina for the first annual Fall Super-Regional Conference, October 13‌ - 15, 2016 in Columbia, SC. This three-day conference will feature academic training workshops, topical and timely panel discussions, and competitions for both scholarly research and creative works.

Creative works are also welcome for submissions in the following six categories: Audio, Documentary, Interactive multimedia, News, Sports, and an “Open” category for entries (such as narrative film and multi-cam) that don’t fit into other categories.

The creative works competition is open to faculty and students who completed their entry while employed or enrolled full-time at a college or university. You do not need to be a BEA member to enter.

All productions should be submitted electronically by August 1, 2016. Online links and rules for submission will be provided here soon.

Faculty winners are expected to attend the conference for the public screening of their work. Submission fee: $25 per entry.

All submissions will be reviewed upon receipt with notification to all creative producers on or before September 1, 2016.

UPDATED: Call for Papers, Abstracts and Panels for The Walter Cronkite Conference on Media Ethics and Integrity in St. Joseph, MO - Nov 3 - 4, 2016

Media educators, students and professionals are invited to submit completed research papers, abstracts and suggestions for hot topics panels for the third annual Walter Cronkite Conference on Media Ethics and Integrity (www.missouriwestern.edu/cronkiteconference), sponsored by Missouri Western State University and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Media Ethics division. The conference will be held at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri.

In addition to papers and panels, the conference will include a Cronkite “100th birthday party,” a showing of a film featuring the CBS/Cronkite coverage of the President Kennedy assassination, live showings of one-act performances of “Harry and Walter” (President Harry Truman and CBS newsman Walter Cronkite) and “Cronkite” (multimedia performance of Cronkite’s appearance on Larry King Live Sept. 11, 2002) and a tour of the Walter Cronkite Memorial (www.waltercronkite-memorial.org).

There is a need for Papers, Abstracts and Panels. Completed papers and abstracts should be original, unpublished work that deals with media ethics issues in contemporary and historical settings. We welcome all research methodologies—quantitative, qualitative, historical and philosophical—and scholarship from other media disciplines (public relations, photography, design) as it relates to issues of media ethics and integrity. We’re especially interested in research-in-progress, exploratory essays and critiques of current and past media practices. Authors also are encouraged to submit papers exploring the ethical implications of the changing media environment, especially with regard to broadcasting and the legacy of Walter Cronkite. Keep in mind that the conference will include both educators and professionals.

Call for Papers: Legal and Policy Dimensions of Cybersecurity By-Invitation Experts’ Workshop - Sept 28-29, 2016

To focus much-needed attention on security of information networks and databases, authors are invited to submit abstracts addressing the policy and legal aspects of information security, privacy, data protection, cybersecurity-related legislation, and critical cyber-infrastructure protection. Authors of the selected papers will be invited to present and discuss them during a 2 day by-invitation-only experts workshop held at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs on September 28 - 29 (Wed - Thu.), 2016. Each paper will be assigned a respondent recruited from the local academic/policy/advocacy communities and will be allotted a full hour for presentation, response and discussion. A reception and formal dinner provide room for social interaction.

This workshop is twelfth in a series of workshops organized by the Institute for Information Policy since 2011, in support of its Journal of Information Policy, published by the IIP in partnership with the Penn State University Press (http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_JIP.html). Presenters at the workshop will be invited to submit their completed papers for peer review to the Journal, with the successful papers presented in special issues dedicated to each workshop. The JIP has previously conducted workshops on a variety of topics including the future of broadband policy, digital diversity, new ICTs and democracy, media policy and advocacy, campaign funding and media, intellectual property, and more. For programs of previous workshops see:  http://comm.psu.edu/research/centers/iip/conferences-and-worskhops.

Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 15, 2016. Please write IIP_CYBERSECURITY: YOUR NAME in the subject line. Presenters will be notified by August 15, 2016 regarding acceptance. Accepted papers will need to be submitted by September 19, 2016.

Page Center Funds Online Modules Focused on Ethics and Integrity in Communications

The Arthur W. Page Center is organizing and funding an initiative that will strengthen the role of ethics education in communications classrooms. With Center support, 11 experts will build online modules on specific ethics topics that teachers and professors all over the world can use in their courses.

Based on research, the Center identified 14 areas that are most frequently included in public relations curricula. The teaching modules will provide an in-depth view of each area and give communications instructors relevant and research-based lesson plans.

Content will be standardized so students can seamlessly move from one module to another to gain insight into the different topics. The final lessons will be available on the Page Center website in 2017. They will also be shared broadly with communications classrooms across the globe.

Module topics include, but are not limited to: ethical decision-making, digital ethics, public relations writing, and corporate social responsibility.

More information can be found on the Page Center website:  http://comm.psu.edu/page-center/article/research-grants-connect-public-relations-faculty

Special issue of Ethical Space journal

A special double issue of Ethical Space journal co-edited by Dr. Judith Townend, lecturer in information law and policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), Denis Muller (University of Melbourne) and Richard Lance Keeble (University of Lincoln), has been published in print and online ( http://www.communicationethics.net/espace/index.php?nav=feature). Titled 'Beyond clickbait and commerce: the ethics, possibilities and challenges of not-for-profit media’, it features discussion and research papers by a range of academics considering alternative models for funding news and journalism around the world. Dr Townend’s contribution provides an overview of the issues associated with funding journalism as charitable activity in the UK

This special issue of Ethical Space explores the ethical dilemmas arising in the turbulent journalistic environment created by digital transformation and its impact on the traditional media business model. At the same time, digital transformation has created new opportunities. While old media empires may have shrunk, online publishing platforms are, theoretically at least, open to anyone with an internet connection and basic literacy skills. However, between theory and reality lies a minefield of financial, editorial, ethical and, in some cases, security challenges. The papers in this issue explore some of the most pressing and ubiquitous of these and, in doing so, reflect the lived reality of online journalism in a range of socio-political contexts: mature democracies, established but fragile democracies, and states that are positively hostile to quality journalism.

Reports


Reports on the various conferences, seminars, meetings, and similar gatherings that attract media ethics scholars and practitioners have always been a part of Media Ethics magazine. An example, printed immediately below, is Tom Cooper’s report on those portions of the 2016 annual Pacific Telecommunications Conference that focus on communication ethics. 

Over the years, a number of reports of other such meetings have been published, but on a less regular basis. We would like to expand our coverage of such events, and the editor would welcome hearing from any readers whose regular attendance at meetings such as those of the APPE, AEJMC, BEA, SPJ, SCA, ICA, etc. would allow them to prepare and provide pertinent reports—including what the “buzz” in hallways might have been—of these meetings to Media Ethics for publication.

                  

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Pacific Telecommunications Conference 2016

What’s a “hacktivist”? For those who use this coined term, it means someone who hacks into computer data with a sense of strong moral justification. One may think of an ordinary “hacker” as someone who is simply mischievous or even malicious. (The concept of “hacking” seems to have taken form at MIT, where it refers to activities that trespass into usually restricted areas in order to amuse, alert or comment upon what previously had been hidden or ignored.) But “hacktivists” may deeply believe that their often illegal activities are essential to further a moral or political cause such as free speech, human rights, or freedom of information. They may feel they are saving lives, the environment, democracy, or other cherished values, regardless of intended or unintended consequences. 

Who can make the call about what is the higher moral ground in such cases? On the one hand, private, embarrassing, possibly dangerous information may be leaked. But on the other hand, the “hacktivist” might claim that there is a greater danger in keeping the information “secret” in violation of “the public’s right to know.” Or he or she may wish to let specific citizens know that they are the victims of government or corporate spying. Do these ends justify the means?  Is “hacktivism” ever ethical?

Issues such as “hacktivism,” privacy, security, environmental impact, adverse technology effects, “cultural erosion” in the Pacific region, conflicts of interest, and many others were discussed and debated as part of the Pacific Telecommunication Conference in late January, 2016, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel in Honolulu. 

The theme of PTC 2016, “Reimagining Telecoms,” focused upon the “strategies, revenue models, products and services, processes, customer relationships, and regulatory strategies” of digital communication companies within and providing services to the Pacific. It was within that larger context that ethicists attending the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s “Pacific Telecommunications Conference” selected and discussed moral issues—primarily those related to digital communications—during panels, workshops, and programs (details available at PTC.org).

More than 2,000 professional communicators, regulators, academics, and others from more than 75 countries attended. Ethical and related regulatory, policy, and legal issues were frequently featured, especially in a panel sponsored by the Paul Hastings law firm, and moderated by Sherrese Smith. This panel included Prof. Robert Frieden of The Pennsylvania State University, Eric Fishman from Fishman Advisors, and Chip Yorkgitis from Kelley, Dry & Warren. Although several ethical issues were discussed—including those pertaining to spectrum allocation and the “Internet of Things”—some of the most sensitive pertained to cybersecurity. For example, given the increase in number of recent state-sanctioned cyber attacks, does “retaliation” seem ethically warranted or does it perpetuate an unacceptable form of e-violence? Can governments responsibly demand “back door” access to increasing corporate data encryption? Following a year of substantial damage to consumers due to corporate security leaks and theft, should regulators impose tighter cybersecurity obligations—if not sanctions—upon companies?   

Keynote speakers at the PTC included Dr. Eli Noam, Director of the Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia Institute and Robert Pepper, a Vice President at Cisco Corporation, who addressed such issues as the changing nature of privacy, free speech, and “net neutrality.”   Questions such as “To what extent should the FCC, FTC, and other regulatory agencies be watchdogs of the Internet?” also were debated. 

Other questions pertained to tracking the growth of ethical issues in a world in which the adoption of new technologies often surges rapidly. As one example, it was reported that the penetration of mobile devices used in Fiji has grown from 4% to 53% in just the past three years.  Who can keep up with the number of cases of fraud, scam, hacking, noise pollution, security violation, impersonation, jamming, monopoly pricing, false advertising, etc. associated with such accelerated growth within a “virgin culture”? 

With respect to advertising and marketing, is it a service to consumers when e-advertising is customized and delivered to them without their permission, or is that an invasion of privacy?   What about “blurred ads” on the Internet, where it is difficult for the consumer to determine which blogs are editorial and which are veiled marketing?

Considering a larger policy/technology matter, when individuals and institutions have private infrastructures, their level of security may be quite high and largely within their control. But when they shift to “hybrid (both private and public) cloud” mode, their security depends more upon third parties and there are greater unknowns about the availability of their data to “outsiders.” What can—and should—be done? 

 While the mobile industry moves from 4G (fourth generation) to 5G (fifth generation) devices, and as the number of almost three and a half billion people (half of the world’s adult population) using the Internet through more than fourteen billion devices continues to increase, the concurrent use of multiple linkeddevices and the concomitant related privacy, security, cyber-fraud, and other issues multiply, often in hidden, unreported ways 

Moreover, the forecast for a sharp increase in the volume of machine-to-machine communication is shared by all industry leaders who commented at PTC. Hence, the world population explosion probably will now feature even larger increases in the population of  digitally linked smart devicesand of  the ethically questionable incidents, cases, and uses to which such devices and their owners will also be linked. It is now the rule, not the exception for individuals to own several “smart” devices, and these primitive AI devices are increasingly “talking” with each other.

It is obvious that the “acceleration of acceleration” of technological connectivity and innovation has untold implications for ethicists and society. PTC is one of the “leading edge” conferences where these implications are forecast. 

Further information may be obtained at www.ptc.org ; via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or by writing Pacific Telecommunications Council, 914 Coolidge Street, Honolulu, HI 96826-3085.

Tom Cooper

 Emerson College