Holding the line: Corporate Social Responsibility and Digital Citizenship

Presented by Professor Lelia Green (Edith Cowan University)

Date: Monday 3 June, 2019
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 

Hosted as part of the “Platform Media: Algorithms, Accountability and Design” seminar series

Abstract

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and paralleling a growing discussion around the concept of Digital Citizenship, societies around the globe are engaging in new ways of imagining what corporate social responsibility should look like in the digital domain.

Crystallising the different sides of these debates are Julian Assange on the one hand and Jacinda Ardern on the other. What changes would platform media need to make to ‘take responsibility’ in the digital landscape? How might we imagine the future formation of corporate responsibility to enable a more constructive, pro-social engagement with information, data and knowledge that acknowledges the power of the platforms but holds them responsible for upholding the rights of individuals?

Whether it is the (now removed) ‘don’t be evil’ in Google’s Code of Conduct or Facebook’s mission ‘to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together’, the impact of these tech-giants and a number of other sites and applications has no previous parallel in human history. The harnessing of these capacities to create the Chinese Social Credit System, impacting almost 1.5 billion people by the time it is fully operational in 2020, beggars even the imagination of George Orwell.  Concerns around the commission of big data evils are paralleled by worries about the witholding of information from groups of people in democracies on the basis of algorithmic formulae.

Citizens and policy makers are in active discussions around identifying a forward-facing vision of how platforms can and should behave in terms of performing civic responsibility in supporting the best possible ideals for democratic engagement. This is the battle for the ‘hearts and minds’ of users currently being waged by the platforms themselves.

The debate on these matters is gathering momentum with each passing month, even without a clear idea as to how different players should embrace the possibilities canvassed. How might we inform a way forward that embodies the ideals of open society, civic responsibility, market autonomy and accountability under the rule of law? Is it possible to identify a new form of corporate social responsibility that will enable an enhanced vision for digital citizenship: benefitting individuals and the societies in which they live.

Presenter:

Lelia_GreenLelia Green is Professor of Communications in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University in Perth and is the author of Communication, Technology and Society (Sage, 2001); and The Internet: An Introduction to New Media (Berg, 2010). She is co-editor of the recent Media International Australia special issue on ‘Controlling Children’s Data’, and of Narratives in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying Among Young People (Springer, 2019); Digitising Early Childhood (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2019); Framing Technology: Society, Choice and Change (Allen + Unwin, 1994) and The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children (forthcoming 2020).  Lelia has been a Chief Investigator on 6 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants and 7 ARC Linkage Projects.

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Unless otherwise advertised, the seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in the Digital Learning Space (Room 224) in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37).

Semester 2, 2019 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 26 July
3-4pm

School Forum

 

Friday, 2 August
3-4pm

Who Owns Your Face? Personal Identity Rights in the Era of Augmented Reality and Facial Recognition Technology

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Gordon Finlayson

Friday, 16 August
3-5 pm
 

3:00pm-4:00pm (Panel)

4:00pm- onwards (CAPS launch event)

CommArts Postgraduate Society Panel: “How to Write a Journal Article and Target the Right Journals”

CommArts Postgraduate Society Launch/ new HDR student welcome

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Angela Hannan (SCA Librarian)

Dr Elena Danilova (Scholarly Publishing, Library)

Dr Ted Nannicelli (Editor, Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind)

Associate Professor Kelly Fielding (Communication scholar)

Dr Jennifer Clement (Literary Studies scholar)

Associate Professor Pradip Thomas (Communications, Media and Cultural Studies scholar)
Friday, 23 August
3-5 pm

All in One Quire: Emotional Communities in John Donne's Easter Sermons

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Jennifer Clement

Friday, 6 September
3-4pm

Examining intergenerational cultural transmission in refugee families: A study of Congolese, Burmese, and Ethiopian refugee families resettled in Australia

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Aparna Hebbani and Mairead MacKinnon

Friday, 13 September
3-4pm

CANCELLED

AustLit and BlackWords—Platforms for Storying Research

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Kerry Kilner and The AustLit Team

Friday, 27 September
3-4pm

Centre for Critical and Creative Writing Hosted Roundtable: The State of Australian Arts Criticism

The Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio

 

Dr Stephen Carleton with panellists Miriam Cosic, Alison Croggon, Carissa Lee and Kathryn Kelly
Friday, 4 October
3-4pm

Enacting a Sense of Home Among Older Chinese Migrants in Australia

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

A/Prof Shuang Liu
Friday, 11 October
3-4pm

Selfies, Affordances, and Situational Properties

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Katrin Tiidenberg, Tallinn University

Friday, 18 October
3-4pm

To Not Die of History

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Cherry Smyth

Friday, 25 October
3-4pm

POSTPONED UNTIL 2020 - TBA

Why Paintings Matter: Filming Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow (1565)

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Andrea Bubenik

 

Venue

Room: 
Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)