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.

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   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