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March 26, 2024: "Ethics, AI and the Future of Democracy" with Mark E. Johnson | Technical Webinar

Updated: Mar 20

Join us for the March Technical Webinar: Ethics, AI and the Future of Democracy with Mark E. Johnson!

The March Technical Webinar speaker is Mark E. Johnson and the topic is “Ethics, AI and the Future of Democracy”. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 6:30 pm.

As a photographer, artificial intelligence (AI) tools are increasingly available to create

incredibly realistic and convincing images. So in that regard, AI is a fantastic and really cool


Since the first photograph was made in 1826, photographs have been used as proof that something existed. If you saw something in a photograph, you believed what you saw was real, and as such, they have the power to inform and persuade. They can provoke societal debate and influence the policies of government.

But what happens when what appears to be “real” is not real but highly manipulated or a completely fabricated image which can deceive the viewer? What tools are available to detect whether an image is real or fake? And does a photographer who uses AI still own the copyright for that image? What happens to the rights of the photographers whose images are being used without their knowledge or consent in the creation of artificially created images?

Come and hear from an expert and leader in the field of AI as he talks about:

  • How generative AI works

  • Legal issues

  • Ethical issues

  • What photographers need to ponder

  • “I was there.”


Mark E. Johnson is the Principal Lecturer of Photojournalism and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication where he also directs the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism competition.

Johnson worked as an independent and staff photojournalist and director of photography for publications up and down the East Coast and he draws on those experiences to bring students into Georgia communities through multiple experiential workshops each semester.

In 2023, he began working with a group of photojournalists, editors, lawyers and intellectuals to begin discussions on the impacts of generative AI, a result of which is the website:

See Mark's photography below!

Technical Webinars

The Technical Webinars are hosted monthly by skilled club members as well as guest speakers who are subject-matter experts on the various topics. Our presenters share expertise, tips, and knowledge about various photography and post-production techniques. Our aim is to increase your skill level and confidence with your photography and post-production.

For members, the link is under the Member Portal page, Zoom Links, and will be provided by email too!

Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 26th for
the Monthly Technical Webinar!


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