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Amy Hasinoff looks at how child pornography laws are applied to sexting

Sept. 10, 2019

“There is a lot of strong anecdotal evidence that child pornography laws work the same way all of our other laws do, which is they’re disproportionately applied to people of color,” said Amy Hasinoff, Associate Professor of Communication. “They’re disproportionately applied to kids in foster care, because they’re under more...

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Amy Hasinoff on sexts resulting in sex offender registery of a minor

July 23, 2019

Amy Hasinoff, Associate Professor of Communications, was asked to comment after Colorado’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling that required a juvenile boy to register as a sex offender after trading erotic pictures with two girls roughly his age. Hasinoff said she was disappointed the court could not differentiate between child...

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Protected digital speech according to Matthew Kaskavich

June 18, 2019

The Colorado Supreme Court is currently considering a case that could have widespread implications for free speech in the social media age. Communication Lecturer Matthew Kaskavich believes that companies hold the true power when it comes to determining what protected speech is. "Social media has always had this sort of...

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Bean on mobile alerts in the U.S. and Canada

Feb. 25, 2019

On February 15, Hamilton Bean, Associate Professor of Communication, participated in a live radio interview with KCBS All News 740 and FM 106.9 in San Francisco, CA. Hosts Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor spoke with Bean about the use of mobile alert and warning messages in emergencies. Later that...

Bean on recent WEA texts

Oct. 18, 2018

The test was meant to ensure that the WEA system is an effective means of warning the public about national emergencies. However, Hamilton Bean Associate Professor in the Communication Department and an expert in WEA technology—says texts and alerts can actually make a bad situation worse by delaying action. Turns...

Hasinoff evaluates norms in popular media

Aug. 23, 2018

"(Media) is giving us what we want to watch, but it also shapes us," said Amy Adele Hasinoff, Assistant Communication Professor. "If there was a television show that ran counter to our expectations, it wouldn't be compelling." 'Sixteen Candles' and 'Law & Order': What stories on our screens teach us...

Hasinoff on technology and parental monitoring

July 19, 2018

Technology has helped make monitoring kids easier, as apps can track where they go and what they say, but Assistant Communication Professor Amy Hasinoff said, "It's much better to just start from communication, build a relationship, have an open dialogue." Should parents allow privacy for their kids or monitor their...

Kaskavitch on ethics in modern data mining

April 12, 2018

"We are living in the Wild West of limitless data collection on human beings, and no one seems to care. Now we're realizing how robust these datasets can be and how they can be used for good or ill," writes Matthew Kaskavitch, Lecturer in the Department of Communication. Our social...

Bean on false emergency alerts

Feb. 15, 2018

People are "pretty forgiving" when false alarms are adequately explained to them, but eventually they begin ignoring the warnings, said Hamilton Bean, an Associate Communication Professor who has studied emergency alert systems. At a certain point, people will start to opt out of emergency push notifications, but nobody has figured...

Fields gives a historical perspective on changing attitudes toward fitness

Feb. 1, 2018

Discussing the changing way exercise was viewed with the automation of the Industrial Revolution, Associate Dean and Professor of Communication Sarah K. Fields says, "There’s this concern in Western Europe and the U.S. [around this time] that the men particularly are somehow becoming less masculine because they’re not doing things...