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Victories

publications, conferenes, and awards

Research Division Victories

Since 2018, the IDH has scored significant victories to prove that all citizens – liberals, conservatives, Christians, Muslims, and Jewish-Americans -- can still come together to fight against the unregulated technology that is tearing our lives, families, and country apart.

Here's What We Did

And what our research can do.

We use one non-partisan method
to handle the entire tech ethics crisis.

It was -- in the early 2000s -- accepted as a universal interdisiplinary and inter-professional methodology.  (That means all the nerds across a university -- and whether you are a doctor, lawyer, x or y -- it is already familiar.  In fact, it's already taught to millions of students.  And is already a part of EVERY college curriculum. 

And Dr. McKain and his teams spent 20 years -- their first disinformation fighting machine w/ Ohio State and McGraw-Hill -- networking thousands of diverse students together to find common ground and fight disinformation was in 2007 -- updating this model (he got his phd in the world's top school for it) for our current tech crisis.  Which was 100% preventable if we had listened to different nerds -- i.e., not just the programmers and statisticians -- two decades ago.  

Luckily, we still have time -- but not much -- to fix it.

It was -- in the early 2000s -- accepted as a universal interdisiplinary and inter-professional methodology.  (That means all the nerds across a university -- and whether you are a doctor, lawyer, x or y -- it is already familiar.  In fact, it's already taught to millions of students.  And is already a part of EVERY college curriculum. 

And Dr. McKain and his teams spent 20 years -- their first disinformation fighting machine w/ Ohio State and McGraw-Hill -- networking thousands of diverse students together to find common ground and fight disinformation was in 2007 -- updating this model (he got his phd in the world's top school for it) for our current tech crisis.  Which was 100% preventable if we had listened to different nerds -- i.e., not just the programmers and statisticians -- two decades ago.  

Luckily, we still have time -- but not much -- to fix it.

AI And Algorithmic Ethics

The Filter  Bubble

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Privacy and Surveillance

This isn't a competition: It's the political, economic, civil rights, and national security fight of our lifetime.

But the 

But the cavalry ain't coming.

Or -- at least -- it needs help.

Because if you AI Ethics, Disinformation, Privacy, or Free Speech/Hate Speech Solution doesn't do these five things, it won't work.   And it risks making a bigger -- political, legal, informational, and military -- mess.

Put the folders here.

Then we figured out how to teach students to use it, train/supervise other folks, and run their own bi-partisan and mulit-faith digital ethics think tank.

Which let the pull of this.

And now our video and pr teams can do this:

idh civic engagement services.

Because the hard part is, you have to talk to everyone on both sides, so we did.

and since we had to do this during X, Y, T and Z,

we also saved each others' lives and sanity.

and so we built out interactive, cutting-edge digital ethics and law curricula that put students into conversation and let them run the X.

then we did it for other folks
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award winning research

  • “We Figured Out How to Legally Categorize (and Teach) Free Speech versus Hate Speech Disputes in a Bi-Partisan Way That The Left and Right Can Live With.  

    Winner of the 2020 Best Paper Award

 


 

“Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics.  International

Vincentian Business Ethics Conference.  With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman.  October 2022. 

 

Winner: Primeaux Best Paper Award.  (Runner-Up.)

Is There Social Media Forgivness?

KARE-11 NBC NEWS.  MINNEAPOLIS, MN.


 

student publications

Digital Ethics and
the Institute for Digital Humanity.
” 
Human Lawyer.  
December 2021. 
With Shea Sullivan and Aaron McKain

 

"Institute for Digital Humanity, part 1.
AI and You. 
March 28, 2022.
With  Shea Sullivan and Hanna Grubbs

 

"Institute for Digital Humanity, part 2.
AI and You. April 4, 2022.
With Shea Sullvian and Hanna Grubbs

 

“Critical Race Theory?”
Our Black News.  June 2021. 
 With Aaron McKain and Julius Hernandez.   

 

“What is Digital Ethics.” 
Our Black News.  May 2021.  
With Julius Hernandez and Annelane Sallee.
  
 

“What the Floyd Verdict Means for Minneapolis.” 
Our Black News. April 2021.  

Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
CPI TechREG Chronicle.
 Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023.
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall, and Aaron McKain
w/ assistance from IDH 2022 summer interns: Joseph Masi, Michael Bartz, William Harper,
Kylie Karsky, Madeleine Britto, C.J. Braccia, Emily Atamov, Ava Verzani, and Clare Hart


"A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022.
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall, and Aaron McKain

w/ assistance from IDH interns: Joseph Masi, Matthew Mandolfo, Madeleine Britto,
Michael Bartz, William Harper, Kylie Karsky, Meagan Compton, Emily Atamov
 

WandaVision Exposes the Reality that Our Filter Bubbles Control our Minds.” 
Popular Culture and Theology.  September 22, 2021.
w/ Hanna Grubbs (eds: Reid Madden and Steven Pedersen)
 

WandaVision: An Intersectional Perspective on the Erasure of Jewish Identity.”   

 Blerg.com.  April 18th, 2021.
w/ Joe Cobb (eds: Reid Madden and Steven Pedersen)
 

In Two Voices.”   
Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.  August 2020.
w/ Amanda Aherns, Steven Pedersen, and Aaron McKain
 

The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision Making.”  
Nebraska Lawyer.  May/June 2020.
w/  Thomas Freeman, Aaron McKain, and Samson Hall.
 

“Free Speech in Post-Digital America.”
Hennepin County Library.  (Permanent Collection.)  September 2019.
w/ Aaron McKain and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

faculty and mentor publications:
highlights 2018-2023


Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics
International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
Proceedings.  (Forthcoming) 
w/ Marci Exted, Thomas Freeman, and Aaron McKain

Winner:  Primeaux Award for Best Conference Paper (First Runner-Up)

Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
CPI TechREG Chronicle.
 Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023.
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall, and Aaron McKain
w/ assistance from IDH 2022 summer interns: Joseph Masi, Michael Bartz, William Harper,
Kylie Karsky, Madeleine Britto, C.J. Braccia, Emily Atamov, Ava Verzani, and Clare Hart


The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining
Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Spring 2023
Thomas Freeman, Aaron McKain,  Amy Parrish, and Christopher Chochon

"A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022.
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall, and Aaron McKain

w/ assistance from IDH interns: Joseph Masi, Matthew Mandolfo, Madeleine Britto,
Michael Bartz, William Harper, Kylie Karsky, Meagan Compton, Emily Atamov

Dealing with Algorithmic Injustice
,
The Law. International Journal, July 2022.
Thomas J. Freeman
 

“The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making.” 
Nebraska Lawyer.   May/June 2020. 

With Thomas Freeman and Samson Hall.

“Criminal Conviction By Algorithms are Ruining Innocent Lives.” 

 Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021.
Thomas Freeman, Aaron McKain, and Elizabeth Otto.   

As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys,
Nebraska Lawyer. July/August 2019
Thomas Freeman and Aaron McKain
 

Janus and the Future of Collective Bargaining:
Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation

William and Mary Business Law Review. 2020. 
Thomas J. Freeman, Aaron McKain & Destynie J.L. Sewell,

 

dr. aaron mckain and/or thomas freeman as lead author

“I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert
and Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 
 The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times.  Lexington Press, 2019. 
Aaron McKain and Thomas Lawson
 

What About Cynthia? A Case Study Exploring Corporate
Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility
Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies.  2019
Thomas Freeman and Aaron McKain
 

A Legal And Ethical Audit of Continental Bank and Trust

Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies.  2019.
Thomas Freeman and Aaron McKain
 

Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics
International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference.  Proceedings.  October 2022
Marci Exted, Thomas Freeman, and Aaron McKain
First Runner-up, Primeaux Award for Best Conference Paper
 

Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom,
LGBTQIA Discrimination, and The First Amendment
After Janus and Masterpiece,
MALSB/MBAA Annual Conference Proceedings.  March 2021.
Thomas Freeman and Aaron McKain
Winner: MALSB Outstanding Paper Award
 

Janus and the Future of Collective Bargaining:
Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation
MALSB/MBAA Annual Conference Proceedings.  March 2019.
Freeman, Thomas J., McKain, Aaron, and Sewell, Destynie J.L,


“Free Speech in Post-Digital America.”
Hennepin County Library.  (Permanent Collection.)  September 2019.
w/ Aaron McKain and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

Cyber Silent Spring: Leveraging Esg+t Frameworks and Trustmarks
to Better Inform Investors and Consumers About the Sustainability, Cybersecurity,
And Privacy of Internet-connected Devices
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LAW.  2022
Angie Raymond (w/ Scott Shackelford and Martin McCrory) (Forthcoming, 2022).

Misplaced Trust, Failure of Contract, and the Need to Create Robust Options for Consumers
 Loyola Chicago School of Law's Consumer Law Review Symposium:
Consumer Protection in the Online Ecosystem
LOYOLA CONSUMER LAW REVIEW,
(with Inna Kouper) (Forthcoming, 2022).

Mind the Gap: Tech-Based Dispute Resolution for Disputes in
Global Supply Blockchains
(with Patricia Živković, Denise McCurdy, Mimi Zou) BUSINESS HORIZONS (online pre-pub October 31) ISSN 0007-6813 (in print edition forthcoming, 2022).

Watered Down Voices, Watered Down Justice: A Demand for Polycentricism, Demosprudence, and Praxis in WOTUS Regulatory Reform (with Martin McCrory, Inara Scott, and Paul Levy) GEORGETOWN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW (Forthcoming, 2022).

Should We Trust a Black Box to Safeguard Human Rights?
A Comparative Analysis of AI Governance,
UCLA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS,
(with Scott Shackelford, Isak Nti Asare. Rachel Dockery, and Alexandra Sergueeva) Invited Symposium, Vol. 26 (1) (2022).

It Is Time to Move Beyond the ‘AI Race’ Narrative:
Why Investment and International Cooperation Must Win the Day,
(with Kim Houser) NORTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
, (March 18, 2021) available at https://jtip.law.northwestern.edu/issues/it-is-time-to-move-beyond-the-ai-racenarrative-why-investment-and-international-cooperation-must-win-the-day/

Defending Democracy: Taking Stock of the Global Fight
Against Digital Repression, Disinformation, and Election Insecurity,
(with Abbey Stemler, Scott Shackelford, and Cyanne Loyle)
WASHINGTON AND LEE LAW REVIEW, Vol. 77(4), 1747-1809 (Dec. 2020). Page 7 of 21

 An Exploratory Study of Research Data Governance in the U.S.,
(with Inna Kouper and Stacey Giroux,
Open Information Science 2020, Vol. 4(1) ,122–142. ISSN: 2451-1781 [https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/opis/4/1/article-p122.xml ] (October 2020).

Ethical Technology Risk: How to Identify
What Is Reasonable Data Protection for ODR (with Chris Draper)
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION,
Vol. 6 (2), 144-153 (2019).

After Over-Privileged Permissions: Using Technology
and Design to Create Legal Compliance (with Jonathan Schubauer, And Dhruv Madappa) J
OURNAL OF BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY LAW, Vol. 15(1), 67-106 (2019) available at: https://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/jbtl/vol15/iss1/3.

Building a Risk Model for Data Incidents:
A Guide to Assist Business in Making Ethical Data Decisions, (with Chris Draper)
BUSINESS HORIZONS, Online May 2019 at BUSHOR-1582 (2019); Vol. 63(1), January– February 2020, Pages 9-16 (2020).

Information and The Regulatory Landscape:
A Growing Need to Reconsider Existing Legal Frameworks
WASHINGTON AND LEE OF LAW JOURNAL OF CIVIL RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE
, Vol. 24, 357-417 (2018).


Building a Better HAL 9000: Algorithms, the Market,
and the Need to Prevent the Engraining of Bias,
(with Emma Arrington Stone Young and Scott J. Shackelford),
NORTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTy, Vol. 15(3), 215-254 (2018).

Thank you to our parners.

confereces/awards

  • Anti-Defamation League:

    • Creators of their national pilot (for high school civics classes) on the legal, ethical, and civic dimensions of algorithmic discrimination.  Co-launched via Bytes Media.

  • Netflix's Coded Bias:

    • partnered to create free lesson plans for the Coded Bias documentary​​

  • Civic Nebraska:

    • Partnered to create after school programming on disinformation and post-fact journalism.

  • Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business: 

    • Development of undergraduate and graduate digital ethics, law, and compliance courses.

  • Little Earth Native Community: 

    • Created Community education on cyberbullying, cybersecurity, and privacy. (Funded by Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services)

  • Minnesota Research Justice Center and Minnesota Legal Rights Center:

    • Partnered to create CLE materials on algorithmic civil and criminal justice for MN attorneys

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publications

Student Academic Conferences
 

Faculty and Affiliate Publications