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Program Schedule:

8:30 Breakfast and Registration/Check-in

9:00am: Welcoming Remarks and Introduction to This Year’s Digital Ethics Symposium Theme: LEAP!

Executive Remarks: Robyn Mallett, Vice Provost of Academic Programs and Planning, Loyola University Chicago

Elizabeth Coffman, Interim Dean, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago

Florence Chee, Director, The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago

9:15am Session 1: Leap! Into the Ethical Dilemmas of AI and Education, Teaching Strategies, and Information Policies

  • Andrea L. Guzman, Associate Professor, Journalism, Department of Communication, Northern Illinois University "If AI writes my test, am I still a good professor?” The ethics of using AI as an educator
  • Michael Burns, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Loyola University Chicago Leaping across disciplines: Dramatic shifts in Generative AI and Higher Education
  • Zachary McDowell, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago The Best-Laid Plans of Bots and Men: Hidden Ethical Dilemmas of Modern Information Policies

Moderated by Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago

SOC Ambassador and Student Discussant: Gareth Mullins, Political Science and Communication Studies double major.

10:30am Coffee Break

10:45am Session 2: Leap! Across Borders, Disciplinary Silos and Boundaries

  • Matty Bakkeren, Founder, Momenthesis, Netherlands Digital ethics and technology leaps in industry practice
  • Eryk Salvaggio, Artist, Cultural Critic, Techpolicy Researcher, Cyberneticforests How should we look at datasets in the age of generative AI? Interdisciplinary input from the Humanities, Social Science, and Design
  • Fran Blumberg, Professor, Division of Psychological and Educational Services, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University Digital games are good for children...aren't they?

Moderated by June Macon, PhD Candidate, University of Illinois Chicago and Adjunct Instructor, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago

    LUNCH 12pm: Leap! Into Lunch, Business and Networking

    1pm Session 3: Leap! Into our Keynote on AI, Playgrounds, and Children’s Rights

    Sara M. Grimes, PhD, Professor, Bell University Labs (BUL) Chair in Human-Computer Interaction, Director, Kids Play Tech Lab, University of Toronto, Canada

    • Keynote: Boundless Play! Or...Age-Bans and Data Brokers?

    This talk given by Dr. Sara M. Grimes will discuss the issues around children and digital playgrounds (including AI-driven playgrounds and "child safety" systems) as sites of struggle where children's rights and wellbeing are imagined, realized, debated, and (often) threatened.

    Moderated by Florence M. Chee, Associate Professor of Digital Communication, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago

    2:00pm Coffee Break

    2:15pm Session 4: Leap! Into Ethics, Tech, and Law in Practice

    • Nelson Rosario, Founder and Partner, Rosario Tech Law, LLC Existential Angst: Privacy, Property, and Power in the Age of Asymmetry
    • Paul Giedraitis, CEO, Orgaimi Ethical challenges in LegalTech Entrepreneurship in an Age of AI
    • Patricia Hureston Lee, Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business Law and the Business Law Clinic at Loyola Chicago Law School Stemming Societal Bias in Digital Formats
    • Nicholas Soulakis, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Informatics and Data Science, Loyola University Chicago Community-first informatics

    Moderated by Bastiaan Vanacker, Associate Professor of Media and Law, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago


      3:45 Closing Remarks - Leaping Forward!

      4pm Leap! Into our Networking Mixer

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