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IT, Ethics, and Law Lecture Series

Can ethics and law keep up with new technologies?

This ongoing series of panel discussions and lectures focuses on the ethical, social, and legal implications of information technologies. Co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and the High Tech Law Institute, the programs look at cutting-edge technologies and the challenges they raise.

Previous Programs in the Series

September 22, 2016 - Sentenced by Algorithm: Accountability and Algorithmic Decision Making

Speaker
Julia Angwin, senior reporter at ProPublica
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March 2, 2016 - Cyberwarfare Ethics: What You Need to Know

Speaker
Professor Patrick Lin - Director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

 

Sep 22, 2015 - Tech Innovation Policy at The White House: Law and Ethics

Speaker
Associate Professor Colleen Chien - White House Senior Advisor, Intellectual Property and Innovation.

 

Feb 25, 2015 - Recording, Recalling, Retrieving, Remembering: Memory in the Information Age

Speaker
Luciano Floridi, professor of philosophy and ethics of information, Oxford University, and member of Google’s advisory board on the right to be forgotten.
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Nov 20, 2014 - Ethical Hacking

Speakers
Abe Chen, director, Information and Product Security, Tesla Motors
Marisa Fagan, director of Crowd Ops, Bugcrowd
Manju Mude, chief security officer, Splunk
Seth Schoen, senior staff technologist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Alex Wheeler, director, Accuvant R&D

 

October 29, 2013 - The Ethics of Online Price Discrimination

Speakers
Eric Goldman, professor of law, SCU, and director, High Tech Law Institute
Kirthi Kalyanam, J.C. Penney Research Professor and director, Retail Management Institute, SCU
Ashkan Soltani, independent researcher and affiliate, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
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Jan 23, 2013 - Privacy by Design: An Engineering Ethics Perspective

Speakers
Ben Adida, director of identity, Mozilla
Brian Kennish, co-founder, Disconnect
Arvind Narayanan, assistant professor of computer science, Princeton
Irina Raicu, Internet ethics program manager, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
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Sept. 20, 2012 - A Conversation with the FTC Commissioner

Speaker
Julie Brill, Federal Trade Commissioner

 

 April 9, 2012 - Hacking, Ethics, and the Future of Internet Security

Speaker
Joseph Menn, reporter, Reuters
Video: An Overview of Hacking
Video: Ethics and Hacking 

 

Mar. 8, 2012 - Social Networks, the Death of Privacy, and a Constitution for Facebook Nation

Speaker
Lori Andrews, author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy
Summary of "I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did"

 

January 24, 2012 - A Conversation With Craig Newmark

Speaker
Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects

 

November 9, 2011 - Kiva: Eliminating Poverty Through Microfinance

Speaker
Matt Flannery, cofounder and CEO, Kiva
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April 19, 2011 - My Life as an Engineer: The Search for Integrity

Speaker
Charles “Chuck” Geschke, co-founder, Adobe

 

January 24, 2011 - Play When Reality is Broken: Videogames and the Recovery of the Future

Speaker
Jane McGonigal, author, "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Happy and How They Can Change the World" (Penguin 2011) and director, game research and development, Institute for the Future
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October 5, 2010 - Twitter: An Insider's View

Speaker
Alexander Macgillivray, General Counsel, Twitter Inc.

 

April 7, 2010 - What the Surprising Failure of Data Anonymization Means for Law and Policy

Speakers
Paul Ohm, Associate Professor of Law University of Colorado Law School
Cynthia Dwork, Principal Researcher, Microsoft
Chad Raphael, Associate Professor of Communication, Santa Clara University

 

January 20, 2010 - Privacy Protections for Patient-Empowered Care

Speakers
Deven McGraw, Director of the Health Privacy Project – Center for Democracy
Paul Tang, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation

 

October 19, 2009 - Minds for Sale: Ubiquitous Human Computing and the Future of the Internet

Speaker
Jonathan Zittrain, professor, Harvard Law School; Co-Founder, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Blogs on "Minds for Sale"

 

January 28, 2009 - Protecting Personal Identities Online

Speaker
Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn

 

October 28, 2008 - Information Technology Policy and the Next American President

Speakers
Larry Magid, CBS News technology analyst
Geoffrey Bowker, executive director, SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Kirk O. Hanson, executive director, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
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May 15, 2008 - The World that Wikipedia Made

Speakers
Carl Hewitt, emeritus, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
Pedro Hernández-Ramos, associate director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society
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October 2, 2007 - Trust Online

Speakers
Richard Clarke, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism, and special advisor to the president on cyber security
Dave Cullinane, chief information security officer, eBay Inc.
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May 14, 2007 - The Present and Future of Social Networking

Speakers
Marian Liu, multi-media entertainment critic, San Jose Mercury News
Jim Squires, vice president of products, Ning
Kaitlin Thompson, SCU sophomore
Shannon Vallor, assistant professor of philosophy, SCU
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March 26, 2007 - Virtues and Vices of Open Source

Speaker
Eben Moglen, chairman, Software Freedom Law Center, general counsel, Free Software Foundation
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May 16, 2006 - Traces of Ourselves: The Ethics and Politics of Databases

Speakers
Mitch Kapor, founder, Lotus Development Corp., president and chair, Open Source Applications Foundation
John Arquilla, professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
Leigh Star, senior scholar, Center for Science, Technology, and Societ
Kirk O. Hanson, executive director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, panel moderator
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February 27, 2006 - The Ethics and Poltics of Search Engines

Speakers
Peter Norvig, director of research, Google
Terry Winograd, professor of computer science, Stanford University
Geoffrey Bowker, executive director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Kirk O. Hanson, executive director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, moderator
Introduced by S. Leigh Star, senior scholar, Center for Science, Technology, and Society
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November 29, 2005 - Video Gaming: Playing With Ethics

Speakers
Leland Yee, California state assemblyman, author of a measure to prevent the sale of violent games to minors
Mike Antonucci, tech writer, San Jose Mercury News
Kristin Asleson McDonnell, CEO, LimeLife
Caroline Ratajski, SCU senior, computer engineering major, video gamer
Chad Raphael, professor of communication, moderator
Introduced by S. Leigh Star, senior scholar, Center for Science, Technology, and Society
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