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:

 

The Ethics of Online Price Discrimination


October 29, 2013

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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.

Speakers
  • 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

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Speakers
  • 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

 

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Speaker
  • Julie Brill

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Hacking, Ethics, and the Future of Internet Security


April 9, 2012

 

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Speaker
  • 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

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

More information on the event

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

 

 

A Conversation With Craig Newmark


January 24, 2012

Speaker
  • Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects

Summary and Video

 

 

Kiva: Eliminating Poverty Through Microfinance


November 9, 2011

Speaker
  • Matt Flannery, cofounder and CEO, Kiva

Summary and Video

 

 

My Life as an Engineer: The Search for Integrity


April 19, 2011

Speaker
  • 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

Speaker
  • 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

Speaker
  • 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

Speaker
  • 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

Speaker

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

Event page

 

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


October 19th, 2009

Speaker
  • 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

Speaker
  • 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

Podcast

 

The World that Wikipedia Made


May 15th, 2008

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

Panelists


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

Podcast

 

Trust Online


October 2nd, 2007

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

Keynotes
  • 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.

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Podcast

 

The Present and Future of Social Networking


May 14th, 2007

Speakers
  • 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

Transcript
Podcast

 

Virtues and Vices of Open Source


March 26th, 2007

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

Transcript
Podcast

 

Privacy and Security in a Wireless World


August 23rd, 2006

Panel on the ethical risks society may confront as municipalities begin to offer ubiquitous and possibly free access to the Internet

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Traces of Ourselves: The Ethics and Politics of Databases


May 16th, 2006

Speakers
  • 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

Transcript
Podcast

 

The Ethics and Poltics of Search Engines


February 27th, 2006

Speakers
  • 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

Transcript
Podcast

 

Video Gaming: Playing With Ethics


November 29th, 2005

Speakers
  • 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

Transcript
Podcast