Internet Ethics Program Director
Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Center. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.) and was formerly an attorney in private practice. Her work addresses a wide variety of 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 artificial intelligence to the right to be forgotten. She holds a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University’s School of Law, as well as a bachelor's degree in English from U.C. Berkeley and a master's degree in English and American Literature from San Jose State University.
Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, the Huffington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Recode.
Raicu is a member of the Partnership on AI's Working Group on Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI. In collaboration with the staff of the High Tech Law Institute, Raicu manages the ongoing “IT, Ethics, and Law” lecture series, which has brought to campus speakers such as journalist Julia Angwin, ethicists Luciano Floridi and Patrick Lin, and then-FTC commissioner Julie Brill.
She tweets at @IEthics and is the primary contributor to the blog Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley.
As a teenager, Raicu came to the U.S. with her family as a refugee; her background informs her interest in the Internet as a tool whose use has profound ethical implications worldwide.
Stories from Irina Raicu's Blog - Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley
"[G]ood data scientists... never forget the people behind the data and the moral respect that they are owed."
On the moral status of individuals in an age of predictive insights and a data economy
Technology Ethics, Law, and Fairness in AI
2018's conversations about technology ethics have engendered some false dilemmas.
"Data is not truth... [It] is necessarily a pragmatic integration."
Part of a series of interviews offering varied perspectives on data ethics