Media ethics in the age of digitalisation

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Conference of the Interdisciplinary Media Ethics Centre and St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

In cooperation with St. Pölten UAS, the annual conference of the Interdisciplinary Media Ethics Centre (IMEC) took place on the campus of St. Pölten UAS. The theme of the event was "The human being in the digital age: ethical questions concerning the influence of economisation, digitalisation and mediatisation on the ‘conditio humana’ (human condition)".

The programme included among others: lectures on ethical questions, social responsibility, self-regulation, children's media and the results of empirical studies. 

Digital transformation

"The digital transformation of the media world brings up a multitude of ethical questions, which were discussed at the conference. The event offered the widest possible range of perspectives from the point of view of: media ethics, philosophy, psychology, economics, jurisprudence, sociology and technology research", explained Michael Litschka, Head of the study programme Digital Media Management at St. Pölten UAS and co-organizer of the event.

"The topic ‘Human Beings in the Digital Age' enables points of contact from very different scientific disciplines. The conference in St. Pölten was dedicated to questions arising from these contact points and offered space for intense communication through an interdisciplinary discourse about challenges and solution options", said Larissa Krainer from the Department of Media and Communication Science at the Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt and co-organizer of the conference.

Conference topics included: social responsibility and public reflection of communication science, digital resilience, children's and youth media, mental overload in a mediatised society, self-regulation and social choice. 

Interdisciplinary Media Ethics Centre (IMEC)

In 2015, a group of international scientists founded the Interdisciplinary Media Ethics Centre (IMEC) in Vienna. The research and consulting institution deals with questions of ethics in a networked and digitalised world and seeks an active exchange with media practitioners and media policy makers. Involved are: the Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt, the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the PH Ludwigsburg, the University of Bremen and St. Pölten UAS. Michael Litschka from St. Pölten UAS is the Second Spokesperson of the IMEC.

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