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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Connecting ESG and the Internet

Internet Ethics

The internet has become a connective tissue that stretches across much of the globe—though certainly not evenly over all areas. It requires electricity to function, and its users generate a lot of electronic waste, so it has substantial negative impacts on the environment; on the other hand, it also enables innovations and joint efforts that aim to help humanity fight climate change and the deterioration of environmental health overall. 

In this, and many other ways, it impacts societal well-being; it draws us closer by connecting people across distances and time zones, enabling collaboration, crowdsourcing, communication, and better understanding--but also the amplification of conflict, disinformation, and trans-border crime. Through social media, it reshapes friendships and family, democracy and desire, art and artificial intelligence, governments and governance.

The governance of the internet itself is largely opaque to most of its users, and shifting under our feet. A variety of multi-stakeholder groups, nonprofit organizations, vast corporations, industry groups, and, increasingly, national governments exert their influence over everything we do via the internet. The governance of each of those entities, therefore, plays a part in the puzzle of internet governance.

 

Featured ESG Resources on Internet Ethics Topics
Cybersecurity ethics panel

The privacy implications of bringing Internet of Things devices into the home.

Responding to a Breach

When should a company disclose a data breach to the public?

Data galaxy

This stand-alone, plug and play ethics module for data science courses includes a reading, assignments, case studies, and exercises.

Internet and ESG Resources by Topic
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Navigate here to Articles on Privacy

A selection of articles and perspectives relating to internet privacy.

Readings in AI Ethics
Navigate here to Articles on AI Ethics

Articles on topics relating to AI Ethics.

Teaching Modules
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Navigate here to An Introduction to Software Engineering Ethics

Designed for use in software engineering courses, this module includes a reading, homework assignments, case studies, and classroom exercises that will prompt conversation about ethical issues that students will face in their role as software engineers.

Data galaxy
Navigate here to An Introduction to Data Ethics

Designed to be incorporated in data science courses, this module includes a reading, homework assignments, and case studies to spark a conversation about ethical issues that students will face in their role as data practitioners.

Cybersecurity key
Navigate here to An Introduction to Cybersecurity Ethics

This ethics module for cybersecurity-related courses includes a reading, homework assignments, and case studies, all designed to spark a conversation about ethical issues that students will face in their role as cybersecurity professionals.

On Personal Data, Forgiveness, and the Right to Be Forgotten

Luciano Floridi, one of the members of Google's advisory council on the "right to be forgotten," discusses personal data, forgiveness, and the right to be forgotten in this excerpt from a longer presentation he gave at Santa Clara University in 2015.

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Navigate here to Articles on ESG Topics

A selection of articles pertaining to ESG topics.

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Navigate here to Cases on ESG Topics

A list of case studies and tools related to ESG topics.