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  •  Anonymous Internet Hackers

    Friday, Jul. 22, 2011 4:19 PM

    Center Director Kirk Hanson commented today on the "Anonymous" hacking collective suspected of launching cyberattacks on various government and business sites in retaliation for attempts to rein in Wikileaks.

    Hanson told ABC7,

    "The Anonymous hackers justify their criminal actions by saying they want to expose secrets and government corruption...

    "It appears that they are still motivated by the same desires, simply to create chaos, and now they've wrapped it in a kind of morally-defensible mission of revealing secret data," Hanson said.


  •  Center to Receive $500,000 to Promote Internet-Privacy and Ethics Education

    Friday, Jun. 3, 2011 9:22 AM

    The Ethics Center was awarded $500,000 this week, as one of 14 organizations chosen to receive funds as part of a class-action settlement between Internet consumers and Google. 

    The Center expects to use the funds for privacy and ethics education, such as:

    • Creating a model curriculum for undergraduate students on Internet privacy, which would be promoted and made available to faculty across the country free of charge. 
    • Developing a website aimed at all Internet users which identifies and discusses choices users must make regarding their own privacy online. 
    • Continuing to host events focused on the Internet and ethics for Silicon Valley audiences, which will be available online as articles, podcasts or videos.

    The lawsuit centered on privacy concerns, all of which have since been resolved, related to Google’s Buzz social-network product.

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  •  Charles Geschke on "The Search for Integrity

    Friday, Apr. 15, 2011 12:59 PM

    Adobe co-founder and co-chairman of the Board Charles (Chuck) Geschke speaks Tuesday, April 19, on My Life as an Engineer: The Search for Integrity. The program begins at 5:30 in the Multipurpose Room of the Bannan Engineering Laboratories on the Santa Clara University Campus. A reception will follow. The event is free.

    Geschke, who serves on the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Advisory Board, has received numerous honors for his work including membership in the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation; and the 2010 Marconi Society Award for scientific contributions to human progress in the field of information technology.

    "My Life as an Engineer" is the third event in the 2010-2011 Tech Forum, co-sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society; the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and the High Tech Law Institute. The event is also sponsored by the SCU School of Engineering.

  •  Jane McGonigal to Speak on Video Games

    Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 5:53 PM

    "Play When Reality is Broken: Video Games and the Recovery of the Future," will be the topic for renowned game designer Jane McGonigal at a talk Jan. 24, 7 p.m. at Santa Clara University. 

    McGonigal has received the following honors:

    “Top 100 Creative People in Business” Fast Company (2009)

    “20 Most Inspiring Women in the World” Oprah Winfrey for O Magazine (2010)

    Top Ten Innovators to Watch” Business Week (2009)

    “The Most Important 50 Game Developers” Game Developer Magazine (2010)

    “20 Most Important Women in Videogaming” Gamasutra (2010)

    “Top 35 innovators changing the world through technology” MIT Technology Review (2006)

    “Top 20 Breakthrough Ideas of the Year” Harvard Business Review 

    The talk is free and open to the public.

  •  WikiLeaks

    Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 12:50 PM

    Is WikiLeaks a journalistic enterprise, and can ethical guidelines developed for journalists apply to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?  Is the recent leaking of diplomatic documents comparable to the Pentagon Papers?  Can there be international standards for divulging of information, or are national interests bound to conflict in the matter of government secrecy? 

    These and other ethical questions about WikiLeaks engaged the Center's Emerging Issues Group in a discussion this week, led by Chad Raphael and Rohit Chopra from SCU's Communication Department.

    Raphael, the department chair, has a research focus on political communication and journalism.  Chopra Chopra conducts research on global media and international communication, internet communities, and the relationship between technology, media, and cultural identities in colonial and postcolonial contexts.

  •  Alexander Macgillivray Speaks on Twitter

    Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 2:30 PM

    Twitter General Counsel Alexander Macgillivray describes "the story of Twitter" and addresses two key ethical issues for the service, privacy and freedom of expression, in an Oct. 5 presentation. (video)

    Macgillivray's talk was the first in this year's "IT, Etthics, and Law" series, co-sponsored by the Ethics Center, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society.


  •  Data Mining and Privacy

    Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2010 1:20 PM

    How much should we worry about being tracked online?  Eric Goldman, director of the High Tech Law Institute at SCU, argues that tracking is one step in a multi-step process that may lead to something bad, but that in and of itself, there is no significant harm in tracking.  The debate, he argued in a discussion with the Center's Emerging Issues Group, should focus on how the data is used.

    Goldman, associate professor of law at SCU, is the author of a popular blog on Technology and Marketing Law.

  •  Twitter General Counsel to Speak

    Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2010 1:38 PM

    Twitter General Counsel Alexander Macgillivray headlines the first event in the 2010-2011 IT, Ethics, and Law Forum, now in its fifth year. Macgillivray's talk will be Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Santa Clara University Learning Commons.

    The series is a collaboration between the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society

  •  End of Life IT Management

    Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 10:41 AM

    Managing the reuse and disposal of computer equipment is the subject of this video from Cisco News.  Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson discusses the impact of how companies handle this task on brand reputation.

  •  Technology, Justice, and the Good Life

    Friday, Jul. 2, 2010 10:31 AM

    As part of the Society for Philosophy and Technology 2011 conference, Center Scholar Shannon Vallor will co-chair a conference track on "Technology, Justice, and the Good Life." 

    The society has issues a call for papers for the event, to be held at University of North Texas, May 26-29, 2011.  This is a highly interdisciplinary conference that encourages submissions not just from philosophers but also from engineers, natural and social scientists, historians, and policymakers.  The conference theme is "Technology and Security," but there are 16 distinct conference tracks covering a broad range of subject areas.

    Vallor is an assistant professor of philosophy at SCU. Her main areas of research and teaching are phenomenology, philosophy of science and technology, and philosophy of mind.