Santa Clara University

IT, Ethics, and Law

This ongoing series of panel discussions and lectures focuses on the ethical, social, and legal implications of information technologies. Co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and the High Tech Law Institute, the programs look at cutting-edge technologies and the challenges they raise: 

Recording, Recalling, Retrieving, Remembering: Memory in the Information Age

Feb 25, 2015


Professor Luciano Floridi, one of the five members of Google’s Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten," will address the recent debate on that topic within a broader interpretation of the impact that information and communication technologies have on our self-understanding, our social interactions, and our conceptualization of the world.

Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is the Director of Research of the Oxford Internet Institute. He has held the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics, and in 2012 he was the Chairman of the E.U. Commission’s “Onlife Initiative.” He is the author of numerous books, including The Fourth Revolution: How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014), The Ethics of Information (2013), and The Philosophy of Information (2011).

This event is part of the IT, Ethics, and Law series, and is co-sponsored by MCAE, HTLI, and Stanford’s CIS (

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Ethical Hacking: A Panel Discussion

Nov 20, 2014


As more and more breaches occur, concern about cybersecurity keeps growing. Many companies now employ "ethical hackers," whose skills are in high (and increasing) demand. Yet many people aren't sure what "ethical hacking" means. This panel of cybersecurity experts will address various topics related to the ethical hacking certification, security issue disclosures, and employment of ethical hackers--including some of the legal and ethical quandaries associated with this fascinating line of work.

  • Abe Chen – Director, Information and Product Security, Tesla Motors
  • Marisa Fagan – Director of Crowd Ops at Bugcrowd
  • Manju Mude – Chief Security Officer at Splunk
  • Seth Schoen – Senior Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Alex Wheeler – Director, Accuvant R&D

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The Ethics of Online Price Discrimination

October 29, 2013


In the world of online retail, some businesses are presenting different customers with different prices for the same goods, depending on factors such as the location of the customer, browsing history, etc. Some argue that this is unfair; others argue that it maximizes the efficiency of the whole system. This panel discussion will address the legal, economic, ethical, and technological aspects of the increasingly common practice of differential pricing online.

  • Eric Goldman, professor of law, Santa Clara University, and director of the High Tech Law Institute
  • Kirthi Kalyanam, J.C. Penney Research Professor and director of the Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University
  • Ashkan Soltani, independent researcher and affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Podcast of the Presentation

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Privacy by Design: An Engineering Ethics Perspective

Jan. 23, 2013


  • Ben Adida, director of identity, Mozilla
  • Brian Kennish, co-founder, Disconnect
  • Arvind Narayanan, assistant professor of computer science, Princeton
  • Irina Raicu, Internet ethics program manager, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Video from the event


A Conversation with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

Sept. 20, 2012



  • Julie Brill

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Hacking, Ethics, and the Future of Internet Security

April 9, 2012



  • Joseph Menn

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Podcast of this event


Social Networks, the Death of Privacy, and a Constitution for Facebook Nation

Mar. 8, 2012

  • Lori Andrews, author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

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Summary of "I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did"



A Conversation With Craig Newmark

January 24, 2012

  • Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects

Summary and Video



Kiva: Eliminating Poverty Through Microfinance

November 9, 2011

  • Matt Flannery, cofounder and CEO, Kiva

Summary and Video



My Life as an Engineer: The Search for Integrity

April 19, 2011

  • Adobe co-founder Charles (Chuck) Geschke

Video of the event



Play When Reality is Broken: Videogames and the Recovery of the Future

January 24, 2011

  • Jane McGonigal, author of "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Happy and How They Can Change the World" (Penguin 2011) and director of game research and development for the Institute for the Future

Video of the event


Twitter: An Insider's View

October 5, 2010

  • Alexander Macgillivray, General Counsel, Twitter Inc.

Video of the presentation


What the Surprising Failure of Data Anonymization Means for Law and Policy

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

  • Paul Ohm, Associate Professor of Law University of Colorado Law School
Commentary by
  • Cynthia Dwork, Principal Researcher, Microsoft
  • Chad Raphael, Associate Professor of Communication, Santa Clara University

Podcast of Paul Ohm's presentation


Privacy Protections for Patient-Empowered Care

January 20, 2010


  • Deven McGraw, Director of the Health Privacy Project – Center for Democracy
  • Paul Tang, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation

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Minds for Sale: Ubiquitous Human Computing and the Future of the Internet

October 19th, 2009

  • Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School; Co-Founder, Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Blogs on "Minds for Sale"


Protecting Personal Identities Online

January 28th, 2009

  • Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of LinkedIn

Information Technology Policy and the Next American President

Speaker and Respondents

October 28th, 2008

  • Larry Magid, CBS News technology analyst
  • Geoffrey Bowker, executive director, SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society
  • Kirk O. Hanson, executive director, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics



The World that Wikipedia Made

May 15th, 2008

A panel discussion on technology, ethics, and the law in the Wikipedia editing model


  1. Carl Hewitt, emeritus, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
  2. Pedro Hernández-Ramos, associate director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society.



Trust Online

October 2nd, 2007

A conference exploring the technical, regulatory, social, and ethical issues in building sustained confidence in a global, virtual marketplace.

  • Richard Clarke, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism, and special advisor to the president on cyber security
  • Dave Cullinane, chief information security officer, eBay Inc.



The Present and Future of Social Networking

May 14th, 2007

  • Marian Liu, multi-media entertainment critic for the San Jose Mercury News
  • Jim Squires, vice president of products at Ning
  • Kaitlin Thompson, SCU sophomore
  • Shannon Vallor, assistant professor of philosophy, SCU



Virtues and Vices of Open Source

March 26th, 2007

  • Eben Moglen, chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center and general council of the Free Software Foundation



Traces of Ourselves: The Ethics and Politics of Databases

May 16th, 2006

  • Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corp. and president and chair of Open Source Applications Foundation
  • John Arquilla, professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • S. Leigh Star, senior scholar at SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Societ
  • Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, panel moderator



The Ethics and Poltics of Search Engines

February 27th, 2006

  • Peter Norvig, director of research, Google
  • Terry Winograd, professor of computer science, Stanford University
  • Geoffrey Bowker, executive director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society
  • Kirk O. Hanson, executive director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, moderator
  • Introduced by S. Leigh Star, senior scholar, Center for Science, Technology, and Society



Video Gaming: Playing With Ethics

November 29th, 2005

  • Leland Yee, California state assemblyman, author of a measure to prevent the sale of violent games to minors
  • Mike Antonucci, tech writer, San Jose Mercury News
  • Kristin Asleson McDonnell, CEO, LimeLife, a company that develops mobile phone games for women and girls
  • Caroline Ratajski, SCU senior, computer engineering major, and video gamer
  • Chad Raphael, professor of communication, moderator
  • Introduced by S. Leigh Star, senior scholar, Center for Science, Technology, and Society