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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Media Mentions

A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.


Reimagining a City

“The commitment to just learn what’s going on is extraordinary,” says Joan Harrington, the director of social sector ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“If we don’t get this right, by really listening and hearing the different points of view, the task force will be of limited help to the City,” she says.

Joan Harrington, director of social sector ethics at the  Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted in Santa Clara Magazine.

Solidarity Reporting can Help the Cause of Public Safety for Marginalized Communities

"With solidarity news values, ongoing social issues – not just novel or surprising individual events — become newsworthy. In fact, the lack of surprise around ongoing social injustices makes them all the more newsworthy. Community organizers and people affected by an issue have their voices prioritized with these alternative values, rather than those of elites and celebrities."

Anita Varma, the assistant director for journalism & media ethics and social sector ethics published on The Objective.

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Tech's Billion-Dollar Battle: Apple vs. Epic

"This is one of the things consumers like about Apple. A company like Apple will say actually control is good because it allows us to protect the users in terms of privacy and security."

Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted on NBC Bay Area.

Apple’s ‘Walled Garden’ Faces Epic Attack in App Store Trial

In the debate between Apple and Epic Games, Raicu notes that "Apple is saying, 'listen, it's fair since we set up this platform and we enable and give you the ability to reach all the people that use iphones. Its fair for us to put certain demands and to demand certain payment'". 

Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted by KTVU Fox.

‘Indirect Bribes’ Went to Family Members of Officials in City Hall Corruption Case, Feds say

Financial benefits for family members are a familiar phenomenon in corruption cases, said John P. Pelissero, senior scholar in government at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Even if the money does not go directly to the public official, those payments can constitute a misuse of that official’s position, he said.

John P. Pelissero, Ph.D., senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted by Los Angeles Times.

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U.S. Military Vaccines

"What the president and military leaders are considering, both civilians and those in uniform, is whether or not to do an emergency declaration here, much like the CDC has done and saying that this is a matter where we should be mandating the vaccine as a matter of national security. We want our national units to be ready for when they might be needed and to have a threat or risk of significant numbers of military members that come down with COVID-19—that's a serious consideration for military readiness." 

"Since there are so few things that service members have the opportunity to make a yes or no decision, many of them seem to be deciding 'I'm going to say no to this because I can and there are very few things in the military that I can say no to.'"

John P. Pelissero, Ph.D., senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted on TVEyes Media.

After You Die, You Could Be Resurrected as a Chatbot. That’s a Problem.

"This sort of chatbot is already a violation of a deceased person’s autonomy—they have no say in which bits of their social data go into the final chatbot, for instance. And creating a chatbot modeled on a person who has never consented in the first place feels unfair, because they aren’t a part of the decision-making process."

Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted by Popular Mechanics.

Kamala Harris' Influencer Niece, Meena, 'Should Create a Firewall' Between Business and Family, Some Ethics Experts Advise

Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics said that Meena Harris deserves credit for her brand's commitment to projecting a message of empowerment for underrepresented communities, "having a purpose, making a difference, and improving things for others."

"She seems to be a very woke capitalist, or inclusive capitalist -- the role model for what you would potentially like to see businesspeople be and do," Skeet said. "So, in that sense, her whole business model and her approach I find very ethical."

Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, quoted on ABC News.

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Vow of Silence?

Church leaders could use theological teaching on conscience and an understanding of the Church as the “people of God,” he argued, as frameworks for reflection.

“The document should pair its appropriate reluctance to tell the Catholic laity how to vote with an outspoken, prophetic advocacy for the right to vote,” DeCosse said. “There is no justification whatsoever for the voter suppression tactics now being practiced throughout the United States.”

David DeCosse, director of religious and catholic ethics and campus ethics programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted in Commonweal.

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Experts Weigh in on Scope of Commission on Information Disorder

Subramaniam Vincent, the director of the Journalism and Media Ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, wrote for Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, following the January 6 Capitol attack,“ by their very design, social media platforms have for a long time offered equal opportunity to sellers of “Big Lies,” conspiracy theories, and political disinformation.”

Subramaniam Vincent, director of journalism and media ethics, quoted by Aspen Institute.