Privacy, defamation and other first amendment issues in a digital age explored April 26

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Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age

A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell
Raising a Digital Native
Building Community though Technology
Digital Citizenship and the First Amendment

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Digital Citizenship and the First Amendment, April 26
April 26, 7 p.m., Ezell Center
Gene Policinski
Courtney Love recently paid $430,000 to settle a lawsuit in which she was accused of sending defamatory tweets about a fashion designer, and a Tennessee company recently got fined $250,000 by the FTC for failing to disclose that it was paying for positive reviews. Congress is considering new privacy measures, just as location-identifying tools like FourSquare are gaining traction every day. As our society embraces social media, what do you need to know to protect yourself, your reputation, your brand, and your children? 
Keynote Speaker: Gene Policinski
Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, is a veteran journalist whose career has included work in newspapers, radio, television and online operations. Gene Policincki will discuss the tenets of the First Amendment – religion, speech, press, assembly and petition – and how all have been affected in a digital world.
Stephen Zralek
In addition, Stephen Zralek, a partner at the law firm Bone McAllester Norton and a member of the digital native generation, will speak on the evolving laws of social media, covering topics including defamation, endorsements, trademarks, copyrights, privacy, marketing to children and employment issues.


A Conversation with FCC Commissioner
Robert McDowell, March 31

FCC Commissioner McDowell kicks off speaker series, March 31
Tennessean Q & A with Commissioner McDowell
Video of McDowell's March 31 comments 


Raising a Digital Native, April 5

Tennessean editorial by Deborah Taylor Tate on childrens' online safety
Video of Raising a Digital Native
Additional resources on cuberbullying and online privacy
Transcript of online chat with Debi Taylor Tate on cuberbullying and privacy (Click on protecting children online under "completed events")


Building Community through Technology, April 12

Tennessean editorial by Carter Andrews
Video of April 12 session
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Tennessean editorial by Linda Peek Schacht, executive director of the Institute for Civic Leadership


The Leadership and Civility in a Digital Age speaker series is presented by Lipscomb University’s Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership and Department of Communication and Journalism and by Centerstone.

It is a project of the Institute for Civic Leadership, an organization devoted to building on the legacy of Nashville leader Nelson Andrews by engaging government, business and not-for-profit leaders in collaborative projects for the common good. (
“Thriving communities require the free flow of information and equitable access to current communication technology, however it evolves,” said Linda Peek Schacht, executive director of the institute. “We are fortunate to have a former and a current FCC commissioner to help us understand the public policy that affects our ability as communities and individuals to be informed and connected.”
“We work hard to prepare our communication students to face a rapidly changing media world that often moves faster than they can. Parents and the community need those skills to face rapid change just as much, if not more,” said Craig Carroll, chair of Lipscomb’s communication and journalism department. “We are excited to be a part of this effort to inform and strengthen our local community members as the digital world takes over huge aspects of their lives.”