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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


Shannon Vallor, Ph.D., Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor, Department of Philosophy, Santa Clara University
Contact: ​​; 408-554-5190
Shannon Vallor is a Faculty Scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor of Philosophy at SCU, where she has taught the ethics of emerging technologies and philosophy of science and technology since 2003. She is the Past President of the international Society for Philosophy and Technology and serves on the Executive Leadership Team of the non-profit Foundation for Responsible Robotics. She is the winner of the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics, the 2015 Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2017 Public Intellectual Award in SCU’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (2016, Oxford University Press) and a forthcoming book, The AI Mirror: Rebuilding Humanity in an Age of Machine Thinking. Professor Vallor works regularly with engineers, designers, and executives on the implementation of ethical decision-making skills and practices in tech industry settings.

Brian Patrick Green, Ph.D., Director of Technology Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Contact:​ ​​; 408-554-7890
Brian Patrick Green is the director of technology ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. His responsibilities include representing the Center at the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, speaking and publishing on AI ethics as well as various other topics in ethics and technology, and coordinating the Center’s partnership with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. He also teaches engineering ethics in the Graduate School of Engineering, and works on several other initiatives. His research interests include multiple topics in the ethics of technology, such as AI and ethics, the ethics of space exploration and use, the ethics of technological manipulation of humans, the ethics of mitigation of and adaptation towards emerging technological risk, and the impact of technology and engineering on human life and society, including the relationship between technology and religion.

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Contact: ​​; 408-551-1814
Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied
Ethics; she is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.) and was formerly an attorney in
private practice. Her work addresses issues ranging from online privacy to net neutrality, from
data ethics to social media’s impact on friendship and family, from the digital divide to the ethics
of encryption, and from the ethics of AI to the right to be forgotten. She is a member of the
Partnership on AI's Working Group on Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI. Her writing has
appeared in publications including The Atlantic, U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, Recode,
HuffPost, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In collaboration with the
High Tech Law Institute, she manages Santa Clara University’s ongoing “IT, Ethics, and Law”
lecture series; she tweets @IEthics and is the primary contributor to the blog Internet Ethics:
Views from Silicon Valley.