Ethics and Images, Promises and Rights

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 7:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
CM | 1.50
E | 1.50
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You’ll learn about:

  • Digitally manipulating photos
  • Violating personal privacy
  • Appropriating “found” images
  • Using images to convey ideas versus promising outcomes

The world of images and how we use them is becoming more and more complex. How do we know what ethical guidelines we should follow? When is it acceptable to:

  1. use Photoshop to remove power lines to sell an idea
  2. add people to a photo of a town square to make it more vibrant or to show diversity
  3. use a photo without the permission of the people in it
  4. use images found online
  5. use an inaccurate angle of sight to better illustrate an idea
  6. create a photo simulation representing a vision of a project, like a streetscape project, or a new development that does not reflect how it appears in real life when it is built

Several different relevant cases will be formulated based on real world experience. They will include digital manipulation issues, privacy issues, the use of "found" images, and conveying ideas versus promising outcomes. Each small group will be asked to consider different perspectives to argue their cases.

This session is highly interactive and requires that all attendees have a seat. Therefore, seating will be limited to the first 260 attendees. First come, first seated. 


Andrew Vesselinovitch , AICP , Houseal Lavigne Associates , Chicago , IL (see bio)
Margaret Rifkin , AICP , Montgomery County Planning Department , Silver Spring , MD (see bio)
Elizabeth Morton , School of Public & Intl Affairs, Virginia Tech, National Capital Region , Alexandria , VA (see bio)