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Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

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  •  A Conversation with Craig Newmark

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    Join us for "A Conversation With Craig Newmark," January 24, 6:30 p.m. in the Santa Clara University Benson Center, featuring the founder of craigslist, one of the 10 most visited sites on the Internet. 

    In early 2011 Newmark launched craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using the Internet to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. Newmark is involved with a variety of community efforts and is particularly interested in organizations promoting public diplomacy, Middle East peace, and new forms of media such as participatory journalism.

    Newmark's appearance is the second in this year's Tech Forum, co-sponsored by the Ethics Center, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

  •  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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  •  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.

  •  Best Blogs

    Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 1:36 PM

    Two of the Center's blogs were among the top 50 ethics blogs, a list compiled by the Guide to Online Schools.

    The Technological Citizen, by one of last year's Hackworth Fellows, Courtney Meehan, was named not only one of the best blogs on ethics and technology but one of the top five ethics blogs in all categories.

    Her Honor, a blog about local government ethics by Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler, made the list of best blogs on political ethics. 

  •  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

  •  Data Privacy

    Friday, Sep. 3, 2010 12:45 PM

    When a Web site collects visitor information so that it can fulfill an order, the visitor understands why he or she is providing data; the company will need contact information to deliver the purchase.  But a lot of data is being collected from Web site visitors without their knowledge, and it's being used to market products.

    Scott Taylor,chief privacy officer for Hewlett-Packard, talked with Kirk Hanson, Center executive director, about how companies can steward data and provide meaningful choice for Web site visitors about how their data will be used.

    Taylor was a guest at a recent meeting of the Center's Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership.


  •  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.