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ESG and Technology

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ESG – environmental, social, and governance – is a form of investing that searches for companies that think not only about their short term monetary gains, but also their larger impact on society. While not yet typically connected to technology ethics in common discourse, there are many connections indeed, if ethics is understood correctly. Because ethics is the study and practice of how to make good decisions and become better people, every decision made in a corporate context is potentially an ethical one, and if it is a technology company, then tech ethics is in play too. Therefore decisions involving diversity and inclusion, sustainability, human rights, legal compliance, business decisions with social impact, labor decisions, and so on are all connected to ethics in general, and in our increasingly technological society, tech ethics as well.



Jan 17, 2022
ESG and Technology Articles and Commentary
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Ann Skeet, senior director, leadership ethics, discusses water regulation, company responsibility, and AI with CNBC.

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Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, published by San Francisco Chronicle.

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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)-focused companies performed better than others through the market volatility so common during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ethical questions pertaining to the use of proctoring software in online teaching.

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Artificial intelligence offers great opportunity, but it also brings potential hazards—this article presents 16 of them.

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As cities collect, analyze, and share more data, new ethical questions arise.

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How should we think about the use of student data by colleges and universities in efforts to improve student retention or academic success?

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Pretty please consider what area of our lives we might want to keep from being automated.

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

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

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