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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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  •  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.

  •  Power to the People

    Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2010 2:54 PM

    The SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society hosts an afternoon conference April 22 on renewable energy for underserved communities.

    The conference marks the kick off of the STS three-year sector focus on clean energy for the underserved.  It features a diverse range of speakers representing social benefit entrepreneurs, policy innovators, energy technologists, and community organizations who will collectively examine what is needed to foster renewable energy enterprises for the underserved globally and here in the Bay Area. 

  •  Data Anonymization

    Thursday, Mar. 18, 2010 12:18 PM

    Computer scientists have recently undermined our faith in the privacy-protecting power of anonymization, the name for techniques for protecting the privacy of individuals in large databases by deleting information like names and social security numbers. These scientists have demonstrated they can often 'reidentify' or 'deanonymize' individuals hidden in anonymized data with astonishing ease.

    Paul Ohm, associate professor of law at University of Colorado, will lead a panel about what policymakers and lawyers must do to respond to the surprising failure of anonymization

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010
    6:00-7:15 pm panel discussion
    8:00 pm reception Nobili Hall
    Santa Clara University

    Please join us at this free event


    This event is part of the "IT, Ethics, and the Law" series, sponsored by the Ethics Center, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

  •  Technology Townhall

    Saturday, Sep. 5, 0201 2:12 AM

    Julie Brill, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, holds a Technology Townall at Santa Clara University Sept.20, 8:45 - 10: 30 am.  She will takes question on protecting consumers' privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving high tech and health care, and oher issues.

    There is a high level of current activity at the FTC: Google was recently assessed a record fine by the Commission to settle allegations of privacy violations; Facebook recently settled charges with the Commission over its privacy policy; The Commission recently published proposed changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that would make third parties such as mobile application developers and ad networks that gather information from children under 13 responsible for obtaining parental permission before kids could use these services; The Commission also issued its final Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy, in which it called on companies to adopt best privacy practices.

    Brill's appearance is co-sponsored by the Ethics Center, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus.