Monday, June 29, 2015

Social media causes academic freedom concern

Daily Chronicle
June 26th, 2015

A wider audience for public speech has created vulnerabilities – and liabilities – for all involved. Social media is somewhat altering discourse on free speech, said Gunkel, a Northern Illinois University communications professor and author of numerous books and articles about culture, new media and ethics. “The clearer we can be upfront the better,” he said. “The real problem is that we are operating in a vacuum and making it up after the fact.”
As corporations and colleges try to manage their reputations, employees may feel the need to censor themselves – lest they find themselves out of a job. It gets more complicated when you add the concept of academic and intellectual freedom into the mix, Gunkel said.
Universities in particular have to be cautious when considering social media policy, specifically to protect those intellectual freedoms, Gunkel said.

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