Ethics class: Let us make history and take part in the pioneering Emergency Online Learning class marichulambino First Day : Prioritizing Health & Safety, Evaluating Internet Capability, Evaluating the Platform, Review of the progress of course work

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Ethics class: Let us make history and take part in the pioneering Emergency Online Learning class marichulambino First Day : Prioritizing Health & Safety, Evaluating Internet Capability, Evaluating the Platform, Review of the progress of course work

   (This is for course code Comm 110 Communication and Media Ethics, not M230)

          Hello to all “quarantine mates” Hello sa mga ka-quarantine ! (members of the ethics class). You are making history. You are participating in the pioneering emergency online learning session which our classes started a week ago.

        After you have ensured that you and your family are safe, healthy, and comfortable: Please let us know how we can provide any assistance you might need.

      And   … anytime you’re ready and idle…


    A.Evaluating internet capability

     Let us then evaluate our internet capability and the platforms available to find out how we can electronically continue keeping in touch: Kindly take the time to answer the following questions:

       1.Do you have access to the internet at home or where you live right now? (DO NOT DISCLOSE YOUR ADDRESS OR LOCATION, just answer the question)

     2.At home or where you live right now, do you have access to an android or smartphone, or a laptop, or a desktop with broadband modem that you can use? (DO NOT DISCLOSE ANY DIGITS OR ANY INFO THAT HAS DIGITS, OR ANY PERSONAL INFO)

     Please copy-paste these questions and type your answer in the comments section.

B.Evaluating the Platform

   1.For our first attempt, we will try using Google Hangouts or Google Classroom (they also have a free trial until July). All who have a U.P. webmail account necessarily have a Google account because it’s on Gmail.

     2.Open your Gmail (sign in). Look at the top right-hand corner. You will see an icon of nine dots arranged in a cube formation. Click this. More than a dozen icons will appear. Look for Hangouts or Classroom. Click each and familiarize yourself with it.

    3.We will also try to use Zoom for our video chat.

    4.When all else fails,  we can use old-fashioned smoke signals without violating the Clean Air Act.

   C.Review of  the progress of course work

      We have finished discussing the following topics:

1.What is ethics, in general? What are the approaches to ethics? What are the four ethical ‘isms’?   “Ethics is about the ‘other’… (It) is concerned with other people … At the heart of ethics is a concern about something or someone other than ourselves and our own desires and self-interest.” xxx “(However) One problem with ethics is the way it is often used as a weapon. xxx If a group believes that a particular activity is “wrong” it can then use morality as the justification for attacking those who practice that activity… When people do this, they often see those who they regard as immoral as in some way less human or deserving of respect than themselves; sometimes with tragic consequences.” 

     Discussion of ethics in general and the four ethical “isms” finished.

     2.We have finished the following contextualization: “Since much of the conscious activity of most of the present generation revolves around mobile phones, digital devices, and the social media, either as Facebook users, Twitter users and followers, Instagrammers, youtubers, and as audience, and consumers, gamers, dreamers, fighters, and creators; and since there is no course in the entire University devoted solely to social media behavior,  last August 2019, this section on Communication and Media Ethics started to pilot a syllabus that confronts, in large part, social media behavior. This is a continuation of the pioneering endeavor.” -marichu

     3.We have exhaustively covered the following updates in evaluating the use of social media:

  a.“Facebook: A decade of data scandals and controversies”

  b.“Philippines was Cambridge Analytica’s ‘petri dish’

c.“Disinformation For Hire: How A New Breed Of PR Firms Is Selling Lies Online”

d.“Here’s Facebook’s once-secret list of content that can get you banned”

e.“Facebook releases community standards enforcement report

   f.”Inside Facebook’s War on Hate Speech”

  g.“Hong Kong protests: Twitter and Facebook remove Chinese accounts”

  h.“Dark Web connects PH to mass shootings in US, Filipino pols’ vanities

  i.“Hate Speech Online” and the free speech clause

   j.Advisory for online safety 

   k.Introduction, FB Community Standards, including “removing content that encourages real-world harm, including (but not limited to) physical, financial, and emotional injury.”

    l.FB Standards on :  Violence and Criminal Behavior  including: 1. Violence and Incitement, 2. Dangerous Individuals and Organizations, 3. Promoting or Publicizing Crime, 4. Coordinating Harm, 5. Regulated Goods

     m.FB Standards on   Safety including prohibitions and restrictions on the following posts:  6.On Suicide and Self-Injury 7. On Child Nudity and Sexual Exploitation of Children 8. Sexual Exploitation of Adults 9. Bullying and Harassment 10. Privacy Violations and Image Privacy Rights

     n.FB Objectionable Content  including: 11. Hate Speech 12. Violence and Graphic Content 13. Adult Nudity and Sexual Activity 14. Sexual Solicitation 15. Cruel and Insensitive

     o.FB Standards on: Integrity and Authenticity including  :

16.Restrictions on Spam 17. Restrictions on Misrepresentation 18. Review and flagging of  False News. 19.Opening space and data for  Memorialization of loved ones

      p.FB standards on:  Respecting Intellectual Property and Content-Related Requests


        Normally, we would finish the topics assigned, and use  the duration of the emergency online classes for that. But we’re going to be flexible.

       You may bring up any topic that you wish to discuss including any concern regarding your health and safety, or the imposed community quarantine, or any anxiety or worry you have. i myself have my own questions — and rants and songs.

   ( the assigned topics under the syllabus are: updates on twitter user behavior and regulation). 

    In any case, we are experienced enough to know how to move the course along to the second half of the syllabus and keep us on schedule with our course work.               The assigned syllabus topics are: “II. 2019 Twitter Rules and Policies (to be facilitated by 19th & 20th Presenters)” (see course outline).

      We will be flexible.

       ♥ ♥ ♥

   Maraming salamat! We will discuss the topics by video chat.  Please make sure that you and your family are healthy and safe.

     When you are comfortable and idle: Kindly answer the questions on evaluation of internet capability, etc. in the comments section. Then, if you are comfortable, please  read the assignment.

       Thank you and congratulations for being part of history. -marichu

Updated. ETHICS 6th Media Monitor (Social Media 6)

UPDATE: Please read the following class protocols before proceeding to the media monitor. Tnx.

For all classes of marichulambino : Our Protocols for the handling of our classes in view of the anticipated presidential Declaration of a Public Health Emergency tomorrow Monday March 9, 2020
      For all my students:

Our Protocols in view of the anticipated presidential Declaration of a Public Health Emergency tomorrow Monday March 9, 2020 under Republic Act 11332 :
     A.Our CODE COLORLESS for all class meetings (for our classes only) :
      1.Class members who have even the slightest fever are excused from attending any of the classes of undersigned handling faculty; are excused from the requirements for that day; and are advised to stay home or get a check-up from a hospital near their house: When the class member is well, a medical certificate or a certificate from parent with a selfie may be presented.
      2.Class members who may feel that their temperature needs to be checked may get assistance from the admin staff of the Dean’s office. The Dean has purchased a digital non-contact IR thermometer which is now being operated by our building administrator Ani. In case you suddenly feel “weak” or debilitated or your temperature is off, you may go home: If you are not sure, you may proceed to Building Administrator Ani and state that you need to check your temperature, then show the protocols instituted by our class. If you find out you have a fever, take a selfie of the digital thermometer with you: This may be presented later as the excuse slip (see protocol for class members with fever).
      3.We will maintain our seating arrangement where the chairs are arranged circularly at the perimeter of the classroom : Class members’ faces and mouths are facing a wide empty space of the classroom where the lecture or class presentation is made rather than the back and side of their classmates.
       4.Class members are required to bring their own handkerchief / clean tissues and alcohol or hand sanitizer and to disinfect their hands and arms before and after classes.
        5.Only class members who do not have a cold / sore throat / triggered allergic rhinitis are allowed to handle the coffee machine to make the class coffee (please use the hand sanitizer in the bag of coffee supplies).
       6.Observe proper etiquette in coughing and sneezing (use the inside crook of your elbow). Foot bumps or outer elbow bumps will now replace handshakes and hugs and kisses between acquaintances.
      7.sss: Stay smart and Safe. -marichu
      B.Our CODE PASTEL for our classes only : #walangpasok or lockdown of U.P. Diliman:
      In case of #walangpasok or a lockdown of U.P. Diliman (no classes)
       1.We will activate our electronic live video classroom learning or telecom-live-video-classroom: Class members are advised to stay away from the campus but during our class hours must be “present” in front of their internet-capable devices and required to log on at the start of the class hours. Class members who do not respond when the roll is electronically “called” by being live-video-present will be marked as absent. Class presentations, lectures, and recitation will be accomplished by group-video-live visible to all class members but not necessarily made public.
      (for this purpose, please state at the end of your answers in this week’s exercises, your preferred platform (check one or state one) . The electronic live video classroom learning will be prepared this week as a contingency in case of a lockdown so please state your preferred platform this week:
a.FB Messenger video group chat Messenger
b.Messenger on Twitter video group chat
c.Gmail group video chat
d.Instagram group video chat
e.Snapchat group chat
      2.In case of a lockdown or #walangpasok #noclasses, the class will electronically seek permission from University authorities for us to conduct our electronic live video classroom learning system (since undersigned handling faculty has not been informed of any protocols at this time) and for the hours devoted to such electronic live video classroom learning system to be CREDITED IN FAVOR OF THE STUDENT as part of the traditional residential classes, and all points earned by the students to be credited. Class members checking or selecting their preferred platform are automatically authorizing the handling faculty to seek permission on behalf of the class.
      3.During the lockdown or #walangpasok, class members are required to check their emails and the U.P. Diliman twitter site twice a day to monitor any updates on the lockdown.
      4.When the lockdown is lifted, traditional residential classes resume with our Code Colorless reinstated.
     C.Our CODE YELLOW FLAG: Extreme situation where a forced quarantine is enforced by the Department of Health authorized by the national government in a particular college or particular area or the entire Diliman campus:
       i don’t know yet. i’m pretty sure it has been discussed by the University executive staff and protocols have been written down.
Protocols can be instituted by the University for the University community on its own or unilaterally; or, if coordination is deemed better, through a letter to the DOH (which is now given wide latitude once the Declaration of a Public Health Emergency is signed) or through a MOA between U.P. Diliman and the DOH: Any one of these or all three.
      D.All protocols written here shall be deemed superseded by any protocols enforced by the U.P. Diliman administration.
      Class members are advised to stand by for these protocols. In the extreme scenario of a quarantine (e.g., a person passing through the open campus is found positive) undersigned is not authorized to institute protocols for the class in case of this extreme scenario.

      One thing is sure: The brightest scientists are working round-the-clock to culture a vaccine against Covid-19 and … pretty soon, the last two sets of protocols (lockdown… forced quarantine) will be simply stored in our disks and files 😊

      Live normally with proper hygiene, drink fruit juices: Stay smart and safe. -marichu

ETHICS 6th Media Monitor (Social Media 6)


     REGULAR POST: An evaluation of any social media post (video or YouTube video, or tweet or FB post or IG caption/comment (redact the url and submit it in print in class), either as good practice, dilemma, or a violation, illustrating the social media guideline restricting or proscribing or not allowing any depiction of real-world harm, safety risks, dangerous challenges, suicides and self-harm (DO NOT SHOW THE IMAGE OR VIDEO ITSELF but just describe it, AND REDACT ANY CURSE WORDS).
     BONUS POST: An evaluation of any live social media content (redact the url except those that have already gone viral)

that was posted real-time or between about 10am and about 8pm (from 10 am to 8pm) last Monday March 2 while the hostage-taking situation was ongoing which showed or depicted vital information that could have endangered the hostages’ safety or jeopardized the then ongoing police operations. Explain why this should be temporarily and momentarily not allowed while the hostage-taking was ongoing, using social media standards.
Choose and submit one post only: Only one post will be credited. The deadline is extended to Thursday March 11 at 11:59 pm. Late posts will get a zero.

    Happy women’s indepence month!