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Media Mentions

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



Computers that Analyze Human Emotions

In an article written by Adam L. Brinklow for San Francisco magazine, Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, comments on the use of computer algorithms to analyze the emotions of employees.

"Algorithms that claim to pick up human emotions are deeply problematic," Raicu says. (AP Photo)

Melania Trump

Plagiarism in Political Speeches

In an article by Julia Prodis Sulek and Matthew Artz for the Mercury News, Hana Callaghan comments on the significance of Melania Trump delivering a speech that was partially plagiarized. 

"The job of a campaign is to introduce the candidate and to create an informed electorate -- and that means political communication needs to be truthful, fair and relevant," Callaghan said. "When you're dealing with a case of plagiarism, you're basically dealing with a theft of words and ideas and that comes across as dishonest."  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

City College of New York

Finances Under Investigation at NY City College

Kirk Hanson is quoted in a New York Times story by  about the investigation into the finances of the president of the City College of New York and an affiliated nonprofit foundation.

“The process of one fund reimbursing another may be a red flag that they don’t want scrutiny,” said Hanson. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Campaign Mud-Slinging

Cutting Through Campaign Mud-Slinging

In an opinion piece for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hana Callaghan discusses ways that voters can make an informed decision about presidential candidates.

"We must question whether a spot is designed purely to appeal to our base emotions (such as disgust at a family member's behavior) or whether the content of the ad is pertinent to a legitimate interest in the race," Callaghan writes. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Chuck Burton)

Stewards of the Public Trust

Stewards of the Public Trust

In an editorial for the Orange County Register, Government Ethics Director Hana Callaghan is quoted regarding the charges filed against a Placentia public official for misappropriation of public funds.

“Public officials are public fiduciaries and we delegate authority to them to be stewards of the public trust as well as of public funds,” Callaghan said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Reconsidering the Legal age of adulthood

Reconsidering the Age of Legal Childhood

In an opinion piece for MarketWatch, Ann Skeet, director of Leadership Ethics, argues that in the wake of the Stanford sexual assault case we should reconsider the legal age of adulthood.

"The sentencing of Brock Turner is a cultural tipping point on several fronts — campus sexual assault, alcohol consumption by minors and victims’ rights, to name a few. We should explore another issue in this moment of national awareness — the age of childhood," Skeet said.

Our Future on a Shared Planet

Our Future on a Shared Planet

Three members of the Ethics Center were featured in the Spring 2016 edition of the Ignatian Center's publication, Explore. Entitled "Our Future on a Shared Planet," the magazine centered around Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si'. David Decosse, director of Campus Ethics, edited the magazine and wrote the introduction. Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Ethics Center, wrote the article "Environmental Justice, Technology, and Silicon Valley." Ann Skeet, director of Leadership Ethics, wrote the article "Leadership Ethics and Laudato Si'."


Ethical Dilemmas Over New Technologies

In an article written for Recode, Internet Ethics Director Irina Raicu discusses some of the ethical dilemmas that we are facing as new technologies continue to emerge.

Referring to Tesla's new driverless mode technology, she offers the following dilemma for consideration: "You are using the driverless mode on the freeway, when you notice a wounded person on the road ahead of you. Do you take over, or let the car decide what to do?" (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Free Warriors Tickets

East Bay Politicians Get Free Warriors Tickets

In an interview with CBS News' (KPIX 5) Mark Kelly, Hana Callaghan discusses the ethical implications of East Bay politicians getting free VIP tickets to Golden State Warriors playoff games.

“The process of giving these tickets to public officials really could give the public reason to distrust the government in Oakland,” said Callaghan. “This is a public resource, so this would be like using a city vehicle to take your family on vacation.” (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A Conflict of Interest?

A Conflict of Interest?

Quoted in Neil Weinberg and Darrell Preston's Bloomberg article, Hana Callaghan, director of government ethics, weighs in on whether or not there's a conflict of interest when public officials like North Carolina treasurer Janet Cowell accept roles working in the private sector.

“'You have the appearance of serving two masters when you have a duty to serve the public first,' said Callaghan...speaking generally about the issue of taking a private sector job while still in office." (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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