Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles



The IT Industry

Are Tech Firms Responsible for the Misuse of Their Products?
Do technology firms have an obligation beyond compliance to prevent their products from being used to further human rights violations?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Clicking Through to the Ethics of Social Media Terms of Service: Three Case Studies
Social media users may not understand the terms they agree to when they hit the "Agree" button.
Irina Raicu
An Introduction to Software Engineering Ethics
A stand-alone "plug and play" ethics module for software engineering courses including a reading, assignments, case studies, and exercises.
Shannon Vallor with special contribution by Arvind
The Internet of Things
The ethical implications of the rise of "The Internet of Things," the "Sensor Revolution," or "The Programmable World"
Owen Tripp
The New Digital Divide
In this brief video, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator Kim Polese addresses the new digital divide--between those who have high-speed wired broadband access to the Internet in their homes, and those who don't.
Kim Polese
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
Privacy and the Law
A review of common law privacy protection, the Constitutional right to privacy, and privacy legislation
Michael McFarland, S.J.
Privacy Norms
Guidelines on protecting individual privacy
Michael McFarland, S.J.
Occidental Engineering: An Ethics Case Study and Commentary
A case study and analysis of an ethical dilemma facing a software engineer
Michael McFarland, S.J
Engineering Ethics (Video)
Why ethics is important for engineers.
Michael McFarland S.J, Irina Raicu
End of Life IT Management
Managing the reuse and disposal of outdated computer equipment is the subject of this video from Cisco, featuring Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson .
Cisco News
Virtues and Vices of Open Source
An analysis of the ethical issues surrounding free software.
Eben Moglen
Unavoidable Ethical Questions About Open Source
Issues confronting the free software movement include how best to promote innovation and the common good.
Ethics and Politics of Search Engines
Transcript of a panel discussing privacy, censorship, fairness, and access issues related to search engines.
Peter Norvig, Terry Winograd, Geoffrey Bowker, Kir
The Case of the X979 Jumpstart
This fictional case study asks us to consider the ethical boundaries involved in intellectual property.
Peter A. Facione
Taking Responsibility for E-Waste
Environmental damage from computer and other electronic waste.
Chad Raphael
Unanticipated Consequences of Technology
An investigation of the ubiquitous phenomenon of unanticipated consequences. Concludes with ethical implications of acting when consequences will occur.
Tim Healy
FAQs: Illegal Software Use
Ethics and software piracy.
Terry Shoup
Treatment of Emplolyees in High-Tech Start-Ups
Weakness rather than evil accounts for many instances of unethical behavior.
Denis J. Moberg