Category Archives: 2006

Fernanda Viégas

Fernanda Viégas, April 7 panelist

viegasFernanda B. Viégas has just finished her PhD at the MIT Media Lab and joined IBM Research. Her research focuses on the visualization of the traces people leave as they interact online. Some of her projects explore email archives, newsgroup conversations, and the editing history of wiki pages. She is the creator of the award-winning Chat Circles program, an abstract graphical interface for communicating online. Her interest in issues of online privacy stems from her work with large archives of online social data. She received PhD and MS degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, and a BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from the University of Kansas. More information is available at

Martin Kuhn

Martin Kuhn, April 7 panelist

martin_kuhnMartin Kuhn is completing his Ph.D. at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his primary research areas are media law and history. Aside from his exploratory study of blog ethics, he has written about constitutional issues arising from the Can-Spam Act of 2003 and the use of knowledge discovery technologies in federal counterterrorism efforts. He is interested in the relationship between law and ethics regarding new communication technologies.

Robert Bateman

Special Guest Presenter: Robert Bateman

robert_bateman_sRobert Bateman is a professional soldier, an historian and author. He is both Airborne and Ranger qualified, and has served as an Infantry officer around the world over the course of his career. He has also served as a “Military Fellow” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and taught history at the United States Military Academy and George Mason University. Currently he is assigned to the Pentagon, where he works as a strategist.

As a freelance writer he has published more than 200 articles and reviews in both military professional as well as academic journals and commercial magazines and newspapers. His first book, Digital War, A View from the Front Lines (1999) was an edited anthology about the future of war which has subsequently been published in paperback as well as Korean and Chinese. His second book, No Gun Ri, a Military History of the Korean War Incident (2002), was an academic work of military history which investigated the history, and the reporting of, the events at No Gun Ri in 1950.

In January 2005 he left his home on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and went to Baghdad. Over the course of the year he served in Iraq he wrote a column for the DC Examiner newspaper and also updated the readers of the MSNBC.COM blog “Altercation,” (hosted by the liberal pundit Eric Alterman) every week with his observations about life in Baghdad and Iraq.

Ethical Considerations in Online Journalism

April 8, 4:15 – 6:15pm
Scripps 107

Moderator: Bob Benz
This workshop addresses ethical concerns in online media other than blogging (or not exclusive to blogging).

Student papers to be presented and discussed in the workshop are:

It’s About What Your School Can Do for You, Susanne Goericke, University of Kansas
Abstract pending

Sketches of a Sociological Inquiry into Blogging Ethics, Christopher Anderson, Columbia University
Largely lost amidst the debate about whether bloggers need an ethics code and, if so, what it should be, is the more sociological question of why “ethics codes” and occupational norms emerge in the first place. It is in helping to articulate and analyze this question, Anderson argues, that scholars can productively contribute towards our understanding this rapidly growing world of online media.

Blogging Practice, Serena Carpenter, Michigan State University
Abstract pending

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Workshop: Practical Considerations in Blogging

April 8, 9-11am
Scripps 107

This workshop addresses practical considerations associated with ethical blogging.

Moderator: Sandeep Junnarker

Branding Credibility: Blogging Ethics from the Consumers’ Perspective, Steve Siff, Ohio University
Abstract pending

Can Blogging be More than Punditry and Emotional Rhetoric? Ethical Blogging Through Authenticity, Karen Mishra, University of North Carolina
Authentic blog communication is a potential way to overcome a lack of trust by harnessing the reliable voice of company experts to build long-term relationships between a firm and its constituents.

The Implications of Blogs for Democracy in the Arab World, Ali Mohamed, McGill University
The blog phenomenon in the Arab world has not yet ripened to the point that its effects can be accurately judged. Until now, Arab blogs have not received much attention from communication researchers or professionals. However, from the evidence that seems to be accumulating, I argue that the positive impact of the Internet and weblogs in the Arab world may be predominantly seen in the way in which they mediate the flow of news and information. I believe that blogs will revolutionize the Arab world, as they continue to turn up the pressure on Arab governments to come to terms with the winds of change that have started to blow through the Arab World.

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Workshop: Blogging Ethics

April 7, 4:15 – 6:15pm
Scripps 107

This workshop addresses ethical issues arising from the practice of blogging. The focus here is more theoretical than applied.

Moderator: Mark Deuze

Student papers to be presented and discussed in the workshop are:

A Model of Creditability Development in Political Blogs, Colin Lingle, University of Colorado
Abstract not available

Blogging and Critical Publicity, Damien Pfister, University of Pittsburgh
Abstract not available

Ethical Considerations in Blogging, Kim Smith & Bryan Murley, University of South Carolina
A census of 100 authors of the most visited current-events blogs provided a snapshot of bloggers’ opinions about their role in a democracy, journalism and ethics during the tumultuous 2004 presidential election. Among the findings: forty-nine bloggers (90.7 percent) said they played an important role in political change; 51 bloggers (92.6 percent) said it was important that they fact-checked the traditional news media.

Panel: Ethics & Online Journalism

April 8, 2 – 4pm
Anderson Auditorium, Scripps Hall

Online Journalism has left its infancy and has become an indispensable part of the media system, and it is well-paid, too. At the same time, it has sort of changed the rules of the game: Conventional criteria of newsworthiness are getting expanded; the immediacy of the Internet has replaced the concept of strict deadlines with flexible, yet faster update-cycles; and the the technical conditions of the Web (hypertext, interactivity and multimedia) are generating new forms of writing and storytelling.

Moderator: Robert Stewart, Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University
Presentations in this panel:

Typology of Online Journalism (Mark Deuze)
The 21st century has been called the ‘Participation Age’ with regards to the various ways people across the globe use and make media. Scholars and industry observers alike signal a shift away from the mass media model (typified by terms as broadcast, top- down, show-and-tell, b2c, downstream, one-way) towards a culturally converged model (coined as bottom-up, collaborative, participatory, p2p and c2b, upstream, interactive, multiple-way). This presentation analyzes the implications of the participation age for (online and offline) journalism.

Reality blast: News judgment in a click-through world (Bob Benz)
Online journalism is fueled by metrics. We know very specifically what readers are clicking on. And what they aren’t. What ethical issues do online journalists face in a medium that emphasizes driving the most possible clicks?

Online Journalism Ethics (Bernhard Debatin)
Online journalism is a new and growing field with a variety of ethical challenges and conflicts. So far, little research has been done on the ethics of online journalism, and general ethical standards and protocols have not yet been established. The ethical challenges and dilemmas of online journalism are unique–or at least more pronounced, intensified, or amplified–than in other media because of the distinctive media logic of the hybrid medium Internet and its conditions of use. Practical strategies and ethical recommendations for online media professionals will be proposed.

Ethics & Blogging

April 7, 2 – 4pm
Anderson Auditorium, Scripps Hall

Blogging is often celebrated as a form of social networking and community building that allows for a grass-roots type of political and journalistic activity. However, while journalism is supposed to be objective and unbiased, the whole point of blogging is to combine facts with pointed opinion and tartly written commentary. Political blogging is at the intersection of news journalism, slanted reporting, media-critique, gossip, chatter, and personal confession. The Ethics & Blogging panel (and the associated workshops) will explore ethical issues specific to this genre.

Moderator: Bernhard Debatin, Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University
Presentations in this panel:

Interactivity and Prioritizing the Human: A Code of Blogging Ethic (Martin Kuhn)
A code of ethics for blogging should be based on the rhetorical form of blogging rather than on one particular function of blogs such as journalism. Values like “promoting interactivity” and “prioritizing the human elements of blog discourse” need to be prioritized to the same extent as values like transparency and accountability.

Privacy and Accountability in Blogging (Fernanda Viegas)
Fernanda Viegas will talk about blogging and privacy. Her presentation will be based on the results from a survey she conducted on bloggers’ subjective sense of privacy and perceptions of liability in 2004.

Rhetoric of Political Bloggers (Jan Boyles)
Research has demonstrated mainstream media pundits are mired in partisan rancor and rhetoric, eschewing rational arguments for emotional opinions. Will bloggers follow suit?

Blogging investigative reporting: The Videoblog (Sandeep Junnarker)
Sandeep Junnarkar will speak about harnessing the Web Blogging’s multimedia capabilities to tell the untold stories; and the technical, financial, journalistic and ethical challenges an independent journalist/blogger faces when trying to bypass the traditional media gate keepers.

The Concept of a Person's Good

John Skorupski
University of Saint Andrews, Scotland
October 27th, 2006, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Ellis Hall 113

john_skorupskiJohn Skorupski studied philosophy and economics at Cambridge University. After lecturing at the University of Glasgow he moved to the Chair of Philosophy at Sheffield University in 1984, and to the Chair of Moral Philosophy at Saint Andrews in 1990. His interests at the moment are: moral and political philosophy, meta-ethics and epistemology, history of 19th and 20th Century philosophy.

Goal Creation System for Machine Intelligence

Janusz Starzyk
October 20th, 2006, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Porter 108

This seminar put on by HEIDi, Ohio University’s Human-Environment-Interaction Dynamics initiative.

HEIDi is an Ohio University work group providing a mechanism for researchers from psychology, mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science, and philosophy to collaborate on the study of the function and development of the human mind.

The group meets monthly on third Fridays.