The following story first appeared on the North Dallas Gazette

Brave new world: SMU to examine social media ethics in law, medicine, and religion

Ruth Ferguson, North Dallas Gazette, October 6, 2011

How doctors, lawyers and clergy can ethically en- list such social media tools as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn will be the focus of SMU’s annual Conference of the Professions: Ethics and Social Media on Oct. 14.

The event, set for 8:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the Great Room of SMU’s Prothro Hall, is sponsored by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, the Dedman School of Law and the Perkins School of Theology along with the Dallas County Medical Society, Dallas Bar Association and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Tickets, $15, are available by regis- tering here.

Conference discussions will center on how social networking can affect professional relationships, privacy and more.

“The medical profession is no different from any other business in that patients and health systems are experiencing a phenomena where the Internet removes the middle-man in a professional relationship,” says panelist Dan McCoy, a dermatologist who uses  media to strengthen his practice. “Although in med- icine this could lead to bet- ter access to care, the challenge will be to make sure that patients are put in touch with correct, valid, and sci- ence-based information.”

Challenges will be dis- cussed by these panelists:

Carrie James (key- note speaker), research director and principal investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. James’ research focuses on youth engagement with new digital media and related ethical issues. Her keynote address will explore the moral and ethical dimensions of digital life, share findings from onlife life research and consider its possible implications for professions. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from New York University.

John Browning, man- aging partner of the Dallas law office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, where he handles civil liti- gation in state and federal courts. His book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Social Networking, was published in December 2010. Browning, an adjunct professor at SMU Dedman School of Law, has extensive trial, ar- bitration and summary judgment experience. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. A noted legal writer, Browning’s weekly syndicated newspaper col- umn “Legally Speaking” has garnered numerous journalism awards.

Dusty Craig is pastor of Next Generation Min- istries at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in
Southlake, Texas. He recently launched White’s Chapel Online, a “digital mission to the un-churched, de-churched, and anti-church population” on the Internet that draws more than 1,000 unique visitors each week from more than 20 countries. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in theology from Dallas Baptist University. Craig blogs on his own site and maintains an active social media pres- ence.

Dan McCoy is a managing partner, consultant and dermatologist in the Dallas area who has launched innovative social media projects including live streaming of video information for blogs and education events. He works with major Fortune 500 companies in product marketing, providing lectures and participating in educational forums. He received his M.D. from UT Southwestern Medical School.

“Our goal is not to teach professionals how to use social media, but to look at the more serious issues of its use,” says Maguire Center Assistant Director Candy Crespo.

For more information, visit smu.edu/ethicscenter or contact 214-768-4255.

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