2020 / 2021


Louise Amoor

Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of ourselves and Others

Tue, November 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST


Scrutiny, Denunciation and Shaming as Global Media Practices

Dr. Daniel Trottier (Erasmus University)

Rashid Gabdulhakov (Erasmus University)

Qian Huang (Erasmus University)

Fri, November 6, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Individuals rely on digital media to denounce others. In some instances this may be accepted as an ethical response to injustices and other grievances. It may also bring unwarranted harms, for example by reproducing categorical forms of discrimination. Both offence taking and its response are expressed online by gathering and distributing information about targeted individuals. By seeking their own form of criminal and social justice, digital media users can challenge state legitimacy. Yet digital vigilantism includes shaming and other forms of cultural violence that are not clearly monopolised, or even regulated. It may feed from state or press-led initiatives to denounce targets. Digital vigilantism remains contested: Terms of appropriate use are unclear, and public opinion may vary based on the severity of the offence, severity of response, and participant identity. We seek to advance a conceptually and empirically informed understanding of digital vigilantism, drawing upon cases in The Netherlands, Russia and China.

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