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Press Release - April 15, 2021

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication Hosts 10th Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics 
The Center for Digital Ethics and Policy’s three-day virtual symposium will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) ethics and feature eminent speakers 

CHICAGO – April 15, 2021 – Loyola University Chicago today announced the School of Communication’s Center for Digital Ethics and Policy (CDEP) will host its 10th Annual International Symposium on digital ethics in collaboration with the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin and the AI4Society Signature Research Area at the University of Alberta. The three-day symposium will take place virtually from Monday, April 19 to Wednesday, April 21.  

Themed “Ethics in an Age of Smart Systems,” this year’s symposium will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) ethics and follows a series of virtual “Ethics Dialogues” this spring featuring global researchers in the interdisciplinary area of AI, ethics, and policy. Keynote addresses will be given by Veena Dubal, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law; Virginia DignumProfessor in Computing Science at Umeå University; and Raphael Capurro, Uruguayan Philosopher and Professor Emeritus. Loyola Provost Norberto Grzywacz will also present opening remarks at the symposium.  

Founded in 2009, CDEP was established to foster more dialogue, research, and guidelines regarding ethical behavior in online and digital environments. Florence Chee, PhD, Associate Professor of Digital Communication, was appointed CDEP’s Program Director in 2020 and now spearheads the Center’s activities and strategic direction: With this being a milestone Symposium (#CDEP10th), it is my pleasure and honor to work together with our international partners to amplify the message that communication technologies must prioritize ethical perspectives and frameworks from the very beginning of their development. This current moment drives home that we are all interconnected, networked, and need to see ourselves as part of systems and society, dependent on ethical infrastructures.  

The School of Communication strongly encourages its students to be critical thinkers and ethical human beings, and CDEP is a driving force in this,” said Hong Cheng, PhD, Dean of Loyola’s School of Communication. CDEP’s activities, including its annual symposia, help provide a global perspective on urgent and complex issues impacting the communication field. In a world of increasing automation, it’s essential that we consider the systemic issues around the social impact and ethics of AI and big data on our society. I remain proud that Loyola’s School of Communication faculty have been leaders in advancing important scholarship in this critical digital arena. 

The upcoming virtual symposium contains both synchronous and asynchronous content. Synchronous portions will last approximately 1.5 hours, with opportunities for networking and discussion to follow. 

To learn more about and register for the symposium, click here. For more information on CDEP, please visit our website 

About Loyola University Chicago 
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates 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 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 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Stritch School of Medicine. 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.