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Irina Raicu

Irina Raicu

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 issues ranging from online privacy to net neutrality, from big data ethics to social media’s impact on friendship and family, from the digital divide to the ethics of encryption, from the right to be forgotten to the ethics of vulnerability disclosure, and more. She holds a JD 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 U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, the Huffington Post, the Atlantic, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Re/Code.

In collaboration with the staff of the High Tech Law Institute, Raicu organizes and runs 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 also organizes other campus events focused on ethics and the internet.

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