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Markkula Center to Receive $500,000 to Promote Internet-Privacy and Ethics Education
Thursday, Jun. 2, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 2, 2011-- Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will receive $500,000 to promote Internet-privacy and ethics education, as part of a class-action settlement between Internet consumers and Google.
The 24-year-old Markkula Center was chosen by presiding Judge James Ware as one of 14 groups to receive the funds, as part of the settlement’s goal of advancing the cause of Internet-privacy education.
The judge noted that Markkula, which was not a party to the class action, “is dedicated to research and dialogue on issues of practical ethics,” and “has included Internet privacy issues as one of the subjects it addresses, and is committed to expanding this program.”
The lawsuit centered on privacy concerns, all of which have since been resolved, related to Google’s Buzz social-network product.
“The Markkula Center is pleased that Judge Ware has recognized the value of our programs to help establish best ethical practices for the digital age,” said Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Center.
The Markkula Center expects to use the funds for privacy and ethics education, such as:
*Creating a model curriculum for undergraduate students on Internet privacy, which would be promoted and made available to faculty across the country free of charge.
Other groups receiving funds in the $8.5 million settlement include organizations or centers from:
• Electronic Frontier Foundation ($1 million)
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