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Ethics and Systemic Racism

The killings of several Black Americans by law enforcement over the last several months has shined a light on the systemic nature of racism in our country. Ethics Center staff and scholars analyze the associated ethical dilemmas.

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COVID-19: Ethics, Health and Moving Forward

As businesses, schools, families and individuals transition from shelter-in-place to the new normal, critical questions must be considered and addressed before our economy can be revived. Ethics Center staff have compiled the following resources; including video interviews with business and non-profit leaders, panel discussions, and actionable tools; all designed to help us move forward.

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COVID-19: The Novel Coronavirus Outbreak and its Ethical Dilemmas

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on society, our health care system, and the economy, critical trade-offs must be identified and considered. Ethics Center staff and scholars offer their analysis of many of these challenges in this Ethics Spotlight.

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Social Media and Democracy

As social media’s impact on democracy has come into focus, many of the largest platforms have reacted with changes to their handling of political ads – and there’s little agreement on who’s right. Ethics Center staff and scholars unpack some of the many related ethical dilemmas.

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    Voting for Ethics

    A Guide for U.S. Voters

    “Voting for Ethics” is a non-partisan, how-to guide for U.S. voters. It will help you identify the hallmarks of an ethical candidate and make a more informed decision -- whether for your local school board or the 2020 presidential election.

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    Reassessing the Santa Clara Principles

    A request for input from interested parties--in particular marginalized communities

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    Ethics Is More Important than Technology

    If engineers don’t apply ethical thinking to the design process, regulation will be required in the future.

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    We’d all be Better off in Business and in Life if we Followed the Teachings of This Revered Professor

    ‘How will you measure your life?’ famed educator Clayton Christensen asked. That is the question for this moment.

      Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

      This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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      Ethics Center Offers Insights on Media Literacy, Solidarity Journalism, and Teaching Ethics in Pandemic at AEJMC

      Center contributes to first virtual Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication conference.

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      Ethics Center Focuses on Social Media and Civic Responsibility

      The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, with the support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, is working to incorporate ethics into social media.

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      Solidarity Journalism Initiative Expands as Journalists Confront Systemic Issues in News Industry

      Solidarity journalism initiative helps US journalists confront problematic practices within news organizations.

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        Evaluating Culture for Ethics

        Our Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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        Media Commentary

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        Productivity And Privacy: The Case Against Remote Employee Tracking Tools

        Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, published in the Forbes CIO Newsletter.

        Republican candidate for the 49th Congressional District, speaks during the California GOP fall convention on Sept. 7, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif.
        Brian Maryott, GOP Rival to Rep. Levin, Fends Off Democratic Claims of Ethics Violations

        Joan Harrington, director of Social Sector Ethics, quoted in the Times of San Diego

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        Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple Are Testifying Before Congress at Antitrust Hearings Today

        Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, quoted on

          Like Birds, Ethical Issues Are Everywhere...

          ...often difficult to spot, but noticed by those in search of them.

          The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University exists to help people see, understand, and work through ethical problems.

          As an introduction to thinking ethically, we have created a framework for ethical decision making.

          Learn About Our Framework

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