Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles


Responsible Innovation in the Age of Big Data
Confessions of a "recovering" data broker
James Adler
Big Data; Small Politics
A discussion of algorithmic regulation and its pitfalls
Evgeny Morozov
Should Companies Admit They've Been Hacked?
What public relations policy should companies adopt when dealing with a cyber security breach?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
The Internet of Things
The ethical implications of the rise of "The Internet of Things," the "Sensor Revolution," or "The Programmable World"
Owen Tripp
Mobile Technology and Social Media - Ethical Implications
In emerging markets in particular, mobile devices and social media have become ?life tools??used for telemedicine, banking, education, communication, and more. These developments give rise to new ethical challenges.
Radha Basu
The Ethical Dilemma of BYOD
As people increasingly bring their own (mostly mobile) devices into the workplace, and use them for both personal and professional activities, new challenges arise--for the employees as well as their employers. Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware, discusses some of the implications of BYOD for data security and personal privacy.
Pat Gelsiger
Protecting Privacy and Society
Consumer and business data is increasingly moving to the "cloud," and people are clamoring for protection of that data. However, "maximum privacy" is really anonymity, and some people use it as a shield for illegal and unethical behavior. How should cloud service providers deal with this dilemma?
Steve Bennett
Privacy Tradeoffs Online
NetApp's Executive Chairman Dan Warmenhoven discusses the development of GPS-tracking technology and the ethical issues associated with the aggregation of GPS data into large databases.
Dan Warmenhoven
A Database of Gun Owners (podcast)
SCU Journalism Professor Sally Lehrman leads a discussion of the Journal News decision to post an interactive map of people with gun licenses.
Sally Lehrman
Human Cost of Computer Errors
Inaccurate databases harm consumers
Michael McFarland, S.J.
Ethical Implications of Data Aggregation
The ability to amass enormous quantities of data on individuals impacts privacy
Michael McFarland, S.J.
Unauthorized Transmission and Use of Personal Data
Ethical problems with using data for purposes other than the original
Michael McFarland, S.J.
Data Matching: Some Ethical Considerations
Lack of due process and consent raise problems
Michael McFarland, S.J.
What the Surprising Failure of Data Anonymization Means for Law and Policy
A Talk by Professor Paul Ohm. April 7, 2010.
Data Abuses at Deutsche Telekom
Emerging Issues - Data Abuses at Deutsche Telekom [6/2/2008]
Emerging Issues Group
Ethics and Databases: Traces of Ourselves
Transcript of a panel discussion with Mitch Kapor, Lotus founder; John Arquilla, Naval Post Graduate School; and S. Leigh Star, SCU Center for Science, Technology and Society
Unavoidable Ethical Questions about Databases and Data Mining
A look at databases and data mining from the perspectives of utilitarianism, fairness, rights, common good, and virtue ethics perspectives.
Ethics and Technology in the Wake of September 11th
Co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors in Science and Technology discusses issues raised by the terrorist attacks.
E. Floyd Kvamme
Privacy: Electronic Information and the Individual
The security of personal information in the Internet age.
Joseph Westfall