A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.
Improving Trust in the Media
Sally Lehrman, Senior Fellow in Journalism Ethics, wrote a guest post for Global Editors Network, discussing the importance of a new Trust Project survey that looks to pinpoint key indicators that signal trust in the media.
"Nearly one-half of Europeans distrust the written press and their opinion of online and social media is even lower," Lehrman wrote. "The Trust Project is developing new digital tools and technologies to signal high journalistic and ethical standards to both audiences and news delivery platforms such as search engines." (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Public Shaming in the Internet Era
In a recent Indianapolis Star article, Internet Ethics Director Irina Raicu comments on the growing trend of anonymous, uncivil written exchanges carried out on public webpages like Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp.
“We suddenly have this tool that allows people to respond very off the cuff to a much broader audience than they used to and without the sense of the consequences that come of that,” Raicu said. “It’s distant and loud. We don’t see each other, and we’re just shouting at each other.” (AP Photo/Stace Maude)
Volkswagen Crisis Stems from a Lack of Values
Director of Leadership Ethics, Ann Skeet, discusses in The CEO Magazine how the lack of a concrete, internal mission statement led Volkswagen down the path to corporate malfeasance.
"The Volkswagen brand crisis seems fairly straightforward to me," Skeet writes. "With no mission or values, I contend there is no hope for achieving VW’s goals ethically and in a way to sustain the company." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
The Debate Over Exploring and Inhabiting Mars
Ethicists Margaret R. McLean and Brian Green discuss the implications of this year's discovery of water on Mars in Santa Clara Magazine. While Green supports the idea of utilizing Mars as a backup Earth, McLean urges caution before we go and do significant harm to another potentially life-sustaining planet.
“It’s a bit like early explorers saying, ‘Well, we know that we could infect indigenous people with small pox, but we’re going to explore and expose them anyway,’” McLean says. Green and McLean will debate the issue further on February 17, 2016, during the ethics center event, “Martian Morals: Acting Ethically on the Red Planet.” (AP Photo/NASA/JPL)
Addressing the Gender Pay Gap in Silicon Valley
In a Re/code article, Director of Leadership Ethics, Ann Skeet, addresses the need for income equality for women working at Silicon Valley businesses:
"Silicon Valley types like to see themselves as innovation leaders, making the world a better place. Paying women equally is a great place to lead. Too many women are hundreds of thousands of dollars behind our male counterparts of similar experience and role. Perhaps the only way that can be proved is with greater salary transparency." (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Monitoring the Online Activity of Teens
In a San Jose Mercury News article, Michelle Quinn weighs the pros and cons of monitoring your child's phone and computer activity. Cyber bullying, sexting, and interacting with strangers online are among the greatest concerns for parents of teens, but Internet Ethics Director Irina Raicu argues against snooping through a child's phone and computer content.
"Do we want to risk everyone's privacy for the sake of those who are causing harm," Raicu asked. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, FIle)
A New Strategic Approach to Philanthropy
A Wall Street Journal article details how the Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and his wife have opted to create a limited-liability company instead of a foundation to pursue their philanthropic goals. The decision allows for the couple to dictate with greater control how the money is spent. The Center's Director of Leadership Ethics, Ann Skeet "praised them for 'trying different models' of philanthropy." (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
Growing Debate Over Refugees, Loan Commissions
Is it ethical that faith-based agencies working to resettle refugees earn millions of dollars in commissions? Center Director of Leadership Ethics, Ann Skeet, offers her insight to The Salt Lake Tribune: "[An agency's] contribution and leadership perspective should not necessarily be diminished just because they're also effective business managers," Skeet said. "They're running a business well. … People tend to confuse sometimes the earning of money with always therefore representing self-interest." (Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Pope's Environmental Encyclical a Game Changer
In an op-ed for the San Jose Mercury News, Campus Ethics Director David DeCosse and colleagues argue that the encyclical, addressed to all people, not just Catholics, lays out a comprehensive critique of our climate crisis and a compelling vision for how to move ahead. They write:
"The pope also asks that 'we listen to the cry of the Earth as much as we listen to the one of the poor.' A theology that values solidarity with nature and replaces older Christian teachings that emphasized dominion over the Earth is nothing short of a paradigm shift. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Shakeup at Gawker Points to Need for Trust
An article in Capital on the controversy at Gawker over the removal of an article from the site mentions the Center's Trust Project as a move toward accountability in news. The Trust Project works with reporters and editors to develop measures and markers of trustworthy reporting. Author Ken Doctor writes:
Just maybe, it’s part of a larger movement toward accountability as the wild West of the web settles a bit. We see some of that in the “trust” push, articulated by Jeff Jarvis, and now being launched at Santa Clara University. In 2015, with all the changes we’ve so far seen in news, we’re asking the basic question of owners and of journalists, “whom do you trust?”, and that’s a good debate to have again.