Note: This post has been adapted from a paper and slide deck that was presented to Dr. Florence Chee’s Digital Media Ethics class at Loyola University Chicago during Fall 2018. Special thanks to Dr. Chee for the invitation and to fellow SOC student, Lê Minh Hà Millie, for being a supportive friend and documentarian.
Today I attended both the 8th Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics and Panel 1 at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus.
To be honest, there’s a lot to unpack right now.
1. DIGETHICS 8: Invited Speaker Susan Fowler
I don’t even know where to begin unpacking this presentation. Honestly, I am waiting for the School of Communication to post the recording of the conference in order to go back and specifically review Susan’s presentation. As an individual who has begun to find outlets of expression for my own #metoo narrative while examining the ethical methodology behind this disclosure, it was wonderful to hear the methodology behind another individual’s decision to disclose. As I currently have another blog post in the works discussing an ethical framework that I utilized for my own disclosure, it is highly likely that I will circle back to Susan’s presentation after I have had time review her presentation again.
2. DIGETHICS 8: Powerlessness and Personalization: The Limits of the Privacy Argument Robin D. Burke (DePaul University), and Victoria I. Burke (Ryerson University)
During the question and answer session, Dr. Victoria Burke, briefly covered four concepts of privacy that need to be considered when looking at the limits of privacy. This was interesting as I have always viewed privacy as an umbrella that could be applied to different areas of human interaction but never siloed into independent themes as “right to a room of one’s own” but to see that narrowed down into “informational privacy” and “volitional privacy.”
3. DHCS 18: Circulation Modeling of Library Book Promotions Robin Burke (DePaul University) & The Geography of Circulation and Sentiment: Mapping ‘One Book, One Chicago.’ John Shanahan, Ana Lucie, and Nandhini Gulasingam (DePaul University)
During this presentation, I had a ‘Eureka’ moment; collaboration can leverage research talent from other disciplines that don’t frequently overlap and allow for projects to reach new heights. This seems obvious but to see it in action– whoa!
4. DHCS 18: The Sanctity of Stories: Haitian Churches and Oral Histories in Chicago Courtney Pierre Joseph (Lake Forest College)
Dr. Joseph was incredibly passionate about this research and was an incredibly dynamic speaker. I felt that it was beneficial to observe a presentation style that reflected the drive and passion of the project.
“So how do you organize the digital resources when conducting research and do your citations?”
Cue: the awkward scene in which girl shows multiple Chrome browser windows on a laptop, each so maxed out with tabs that only the icon is visible. Full disclosure, my iPhone had over 400 open tabs as well.
“I think part of the problem is the internet. I know that sounds like a typical thing for your tired, old mother to say. I’m not scapegoating technology. I think that your generation has a tough time establishing relationships because of all those app-thingys. Too many options–You can manipulate the world to suit your desires in a way that I never was. You can alter things to meet your exact preferences. There is less struggle, less hard work, less excitement from the “luck of the draw.” The world’s potential is too easily accessible. It leads to endless searching in a way that prevents forging of genuine human connection. This is a blessing, a lesson, a catalyst. Not a curse. It’s the universe showing you that you have more to do for you, to be you.”