Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Media Mentions

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


He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, comments about his claim to have helped make the world's first gene-edited babies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung).

World’s First Gene-Edited Babies Could Set Genetic Science Backward, Experts Worry

"There’s a real question if whether the fear of AIDS and AIDS stigma became a way of recruiting parents into this research."

Ann Mongoven quoted in The Huffington Post (AP Photo/Kin Cheung).

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Collision Course: The Risks Companies Face When Their Political Spending and Core Values Conflict and How To Address Them

"Companies have a conflicted seat at the table. They are looking at their political contributions through a single lens, and not looking back to the company mission statement. Companies need to be consistent with their mission statement in their political spending."
Ann Skeet quoted in a report by the Center for Political Accountability.
Google Self-Driving Car (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

What are the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence in Our Brave New World of Self-Driving Cars?

“There are a lot of people suddenly interested in A.I. ethics because they realize they’re playing with fire,” says Brian Green, an A.I. ethicist at Santa Clara University. “And this is the biggest thing since fire.”

Brian Green quoted in America Magazine (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).

In Search of a More Ethical Silicon Valley

"But I also think the think the thing that's a bit unusual about this area and these businesses is the pace of change, the pace of development. I definitely get that and I'm sympathetic to it. And yet at the same time, if you are making solid ethical decisions, I think it's going to pay long-term dividends. I mean, I think we can see example after example where these short-sighted decisions wreak havoc."

Don Heider in an interview with the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Theranos whistleblower, Tyler Schultz

When Employees Tested Positive for Syphilis, Theranos Whistleblower Knew Device Was Flawed

Whistleblower Tyler Shultz already knew something was terribly wrong with now-disgraced health technology startup Theranos’ new blood test after working there for just a few months. That’s what he told a packed room Thursday at an event sponsored by Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics's Theranos whistleblower event featured in The Mercury News.

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Woodside: New Ethics Code is Aspirational, Informal

Livermore also recommended at the time that the council revisit the ethics code "to explore ways in which we can improve it should complaints be filed in the future." The council agreed to form an ad hoc committee of residents, led by a facilitator from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, to review the code and make recommendations to the council.

Markkula Center for Applieed Ethics mentioned in The Almanac.

Activist holding poster with photo of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (AP Images/Lefteris Pitarakis).

Saudi Journalist’s Disappearance is Latest Dilemma for Uber and Tech Industry

“This is no different than the calculations companies have to make whenever they consider relationships with repressive governments, or even working within countries governed by repressing regimes,” said Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, on Friday.

Irina Raicu quoted in an article in The Mercury News (AP Images/Lefteris Pitarakis).

Michael Duran, a plaintiff in a sex abuse settlement with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, holds up pictures of himself when he was a child (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file).

Livestreamed Panel at Santa Clara U to Examine Sex Abuse 'Catastrophe'

A "powerful, new moment in the ongoing crisis" of sexual abuse and authority exploitation in the Catholic Church will be the focus of an Oct. 9 panel discussion at Santa Clara University. Titled "The Catholic Church and the Catastrophe of Clergy Sexual Abuse," the noon event at the Jesuit university's de Saisset Museum will feature four panelists [...]

The approximately 90 minutes of presentations and open discussion will be livestreamed, according to Miriam Schulman, associate director of Santa Clara's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the event's lead sponsor.

Miriam Schulman and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics mentioned in National Catholic Reporter (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes).

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Businesses Try to Ethically, Safely Apply Artificial Intelligence in Workplace

“The world already has plenty of problems in it. And A-I and robotics and machine learning technologies are going to take the problems we already have and amplify them,” Green told me. “Is this dangerous? Is this risky? And the answer is I think clearly yes.”

Brian Green quoted in CTGN America (AP Images/Diether Endlicher).

Santa Clara Turns to Ethics for Guidance on Clergy Scandal

For bishops, Markkula Center’s former executive director Kirk Hanson suggests considering disclosure of more rather than less negative information as a form of trust building.

For other organizations, Markkula Center Director of Bioethics Margaret McLean provides lessons from the scandal that can be applied in other contexts such as health care.

Markkula Director of Campus Ethics David DeCosse reinforces the need for outrage as well as hope, lest we fall into cynicism, and reminds us that “our very revulsion at what happened testifies to the enduring basis of ethics: our most fundamental intuitions of good and evil.”

And for Church leaders who will ultimately reckon with the changes that must at long last be implemented, Markkula’s Senior Director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet lays out the warning signs of unhealthy culture, and offers a reminder that it is the people of the church – not the institution – that should be the focus of protective reforms.

Kirk Hanson, Margaret McLean, David DeCosse and Ann Skeet quoted on The Valley Catholic.