The Biggest issues in Digital Ethics

Thursday 3/17th 3:30 – 4:30pm

JW Marriott Salon 7

THE NSA tracking your cell phone, Surveillance, privacy, big data, A.I., anonymity, Google Glass; which of these pose the biggest ethical issues, or is it something beyond this list?  And why should you care?

Albert Einstien said “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”  Digital ethics helps us make sense of and make and better decisions about technology.

In this discussion we will address privacy and managing your digital footprint, a new Code of Ethics for Social Data, and the biggest ethics issues facing companies and organizations that operate in the digital realm


  • Erin Reilly, Creative Director + Research Fellow, Annenberg Innovation Lab USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • John Thomas, Editorial Director – Groupon
  • Susan Etlinger, Industry Analyst, the Altimeter Group
  • Don Heider, Founder, Center for Digital Ethics & Policy, Author of Digital Ethics: Research & Practice and Dean, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago



Storytelling with the New Screens

Monday, March 15th, 9:30am-10:30am

Austin Convention Center room 12AB

How will 3D printers, virtual reality, augmented reality, smart objects and smart cities reinvent the future of storytelling? USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) believes the media and entertainment industry is seeing its greatest period of upheaval since Edison invented the Kinetoscope – and the AIL's Edison Project is finding the opportunities amidst the disruption.

AIL technical director + research fellow Geoffrey Long, research associate Francesca Marie Smith and research affiliate Alisa Katz will share the AIL's findings from a number of the lab's transmedia storytelling experiments and prototypes (including a combination of 3d printing and augmented reality, a "smart home" entertainment experience built in the Oculus Rift, an "asymmetric multiplayer movie-watching experience" in Google Glass, and a tangible media prototype connecting a smart designer toy to a data-driven iPad storybook) and where the AIL believes the media and entertainment industry is heading next!