Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles


Ethical Uses of Collected Data
Now that big data is providing access to information that would not previously have been discovered, what are the ethical boundaries around companies? use of this data?
Margaret Steen
Readings in Big Data Ethics
A non-exhausted list intended to spark more conversations about the ethics of big data
Irina Raicu
Dickens on Big Data
The impulse to quantify and use big data is not new. Dickens? Hard Times critiques the consequences.
Irina Raicu
Big Data; Small Politics
A discussion of algorithmic regulation and its pitfalls
Evgeny Morozov
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
Ethical Implications of Data Aggregation
The ability to amass enormous quantities of data on individuals impacts privacy
Michael McFarland, S.J.
Responsible Innovation in the Age of Big Data
Confessions of a "recovering" data broker
James Adler
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
Human Cost of Computer Errors
Inaccurate databases harm consumers
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.
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