Moral and Political Philosophy of Information Flows

My research falls into three overlapping programs:
Ethics of Care in Digital Culture
Moral and Political Philosophy of Information Flows
Public Philosophy

Activity in my research program in Moral and Political Philosophy of Information Flows includes ongoing theoretical research on issues of information flows in privacy, interpersonal relationships, and IoT, as well as funded research with various teams that emphasizes issues of identity (gender, race, sexuality, disability, religion, etc.) in cybersecurity. These research programs have been conducted with support from the NSF, COVA CCI, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Projet Collab, and Université Paris 8.

Founding faculty member, ODU Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCSER), now ODU School of Cybersecurity


“Information Literacy for Cybersecurity,” COVA CCI Curricula Development Grant, COVACCI-20-02. PI D.E. Wittkower (Philosophy, ODU), Co-PIs Lucinda Wittkower (ODU Libraries), Michael Nelson (Computer Science, ODU).

“Trust, Interoperability, and Inclusion: A Framework for Creating Cyber-trust in Connected Homes,” COVA CCI Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Funding, Track 1: Research Development. PI Stephanie Blackmon (William and Mary), Co-PIs D.E. Wittkower (ODU) and Saikou Diallo (ODU VMASC).

“GenCyber: Preparing Tomorrow’s Heroes to Secure the Cyberspace,” NSA GenCyber Program. PI Chunsheng Xin (Electrical and Computer Engineering, ODU), Co-PIs Dan Zhao (Computer Science, ODU), D.E. Wittkower (Philosophy, ODU), Tammi Dice (Counseling & Human Services, ODU), Hongyi Wu (Electrical and Computer Engineering, ODU).

As Faculty Participant: “Bridging the Disciplinary Gaps in Cybersecurity Curricula through General Education, High Impact Practices, and Training for Incoming Freshmen,” NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service. Co-PIs Brian Payne (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice), Hongyi Wu (CCSER; Electrical and Computer Engineering).

“Cyber Security Summer Camps at Old Dominion University,” NSA/NSF GenCyber Program. PI Wu He (Information Technology & Decision Sciences, ODU), Co-PIs Chunsheng Xin (Electrical and Computer Engineering, ODU), D.E. Wittkower (Philosophy, ODU), Tammi Milliken (Counseling & Human Services, ODU), Melva Grant (STEM Education & Professional Studies, ODU).

Mentor/Co-Mentor: “REU Site: Cybersecurity Research in a Multidisciplinary Environment,” NSF undergraduate research opportunity program. PI Chunsheng Xin (Electrical and Computer Engineering, ODU)

Articles and Book Chapters:

Wittkower, D.E. (In Press). What is it like to be a bot?, invited book chapter for Shannon Vallor (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology, Oxford University Press.

Wittkower, L. R., & Wittkower, D. E. (2020). Short circuits in the information cycle: Addressing information breakdowns using the information literacy framework. Journal of Sociotechnical Critique, 1(1), 1-21. Advance online publication. (Please note: Since I am Editor-in-Chief of JStC, I requested that Michael Zimmer [Computer Science, Marquette University] conduct peer-review in order to ensure double-blind review.)

Wittkower, D.E. (2020). Privacy as care in the internet of things. In H. Wiltse (Ed.), Relating to things: Design, technology and the artificial (pp. 15–29). Bloomsbury.

Wittkower, D.E. (2019). For love and money: Community and the ethics of care in crowdfunding. In L. Ballarini, S. Costantini, M. Kaiser, J. Matthews, & V. Rouzé (eds.), Financement participatif: Les nouveaux territoires du capitalisme (pp. 35–44). Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Nancy—Editions Universitaires de Lorraine.

O’Hallarn, B., Shapiro, S. L. Wittkower, D.E., Ridinger, L., & Hambrick, M. E. (2019). A model for the generation of public sphere-like activity in sport-themed Twitter hashtags. Sport Management Review, 22(3), 407–418.

O’Hallarn, B.; Shapiro, S. L.; Hambrick, M. E.; Wittkower, D. E.; Ridinger, L.; Morehead, C. A. (2018). Sport, Twitter hashtags and the public sphere: Examining the phenomenon through a Curt Schilling case study. Journal of Sport Management, 32(4), pp. 389–400.

Anderson, T., & Wittkower, D.E. (2017). Why legally downloading music is morally wrong. In R. Shafer-Landau (Ed.), The Ethical Life, Fourth Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wittkower, D.E. (2017). Technology and discrimination. In J. Pitt & A. Shew (Eds.), Spaces for the Future: A Companion to Philosophy of Technology. New York: Routledge.

Wittkower, D.E. (2016). Lurkers, creepers, and virtuous interactivity: From property rights to consent and care as a conceptual basis for privacy concerns and information ethics. First Monday, v.21(10): n.p.

Jarrett, K., & Wittkower, D.E. (2016). Economies of the Internet (Introduction to Special Issue). First Monday, v.21(10): n.p.

Jarrett, K., & Wittkower, D.E. (Eds.) (2016). Economies of the Internet: Special Issue. First Monday, v.21(10): n.p.

Wittkower, D. E. (2016). Principles of anti-discriminatory design2016 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ETHICS.2016.7560055.

Gehring, D.Z. (MA student in Humanities at ODU), & Wittkower, D.E. (2015). On the sale of community in crowdfunding: Questions of power, inclusion, and value. In, L. Bennett, B. Chin, & B. Jones (Eds.), Crowdfunding the future: Media industries, ethics, and digital society. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Wittkower, D.E. (2015). Social media and the organization man. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, 15(1): 16–20. By invitation.

Wittkower, D.E. & Rush, L. (2014). Exploiting fluencies: Educational expropriation of social networking site consumer training. Digital Culture and Education (6): 13–29.

Wittkower, D.E. (2014). Facebook and dramauthentic identity: A post-Goffmanian model of identity performance on SNS. First Monday, v.19(4): n.p.

Wittkower, D.E. (2011). On the wrongfulness of strong copyright in e-business. In D. Palmer (Ed.), Ethical issues in e-business (pp. 152–171). IGI Global, 2010. Also anthologized in Global Business: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications, Information Resources Management Association, 2011.

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