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Media Mentions

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


The Democracy Project

The Impact of Technology on Democracy

In an interview with KJZZ, Internet Ethics director Irina Raicu discusses The Democracy Project, a recent collaboration with The Atlantic, and the ways in which technology can both help and hinder democracy.

"A lot of [technologists] have been unaware of their own impact, of the impact of the tools that they're designing on the world that the rest of us get to live in," Raicu said. "There are different groups that need to be more aware at a more in depth level, but all of us need to be aware of the impact of technology on democracy." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Oscar Bulaong

Business Ethics Conference in The Philippines

An article in The Philippine Star discusses an upcoming international conference for business leaders and ethicists -- Managing and Teaching Business Ethics: Global Trends and Challenges. The June conference will be hosted by the Gov. Jose B. Fernandez Jr. Ethics Center at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, in partnership with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Lassalle-Haus Bad Schonbrunn Center for Spirituality, Dia-logue and Responsibility in Switzerland.


Facebook Mural (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Teen Facebook Surveillance

In an article for the Guardian, Internet Ethics Director Irina Raicu addresses Facebook's offer to one of Australia's top banks to provide it with information on when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”.

“Most people don’t know this level of analysis is being done on them and there’s an imbalance of power coming from an imbalance of information,” she said.




Stories with Transparency

In a blog post for the Institute for Nonprofit News, Gabriel Hongsdusit wrote about the work that Sally Lehrman is doing with the Trust Project.

"The Trust Project is providing actionable solutions to help newsrooms foster deeper audience engagement and highlight the competency, ethics and dependability of their work," wrote Hongsdusit.

Lehrman and the Trust Project have also been mentioned in a recent story in Nieman Reports. 


Girl at computer looking at Facebook (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Facebook Screeners

In an interview on Fox2, Irina Raicu finds no censorship in Facebook's efforts to screen live-streamed crime and suicide.  

"“We are talking about something so clearly harmful to the people both to the victims and to all the people victimized by even watching,” said Raicu.





Chemical Warfare

The Horrors of Chemical Warfare

In an article for Santa Clara Magazine, David DeCosse and Brian Green discuss the recent use of chemical weapons, and the ethical boundaries that must be upheld in times of war.

"Even in the hell of the Syrian civil war, the use of chemical weapons crossed an unacceptable line of inhumanity," said DeCosse and Green. "But how does the American response fit into larger questions of just war theory; the history of chemical weapons; and recent technical developments in such weapons?" (Photo by OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)


Kirk O. Hanson

Ethics Talk

In an interview with Jason Middleton from KGO, Kirk Hanson discusses consumer ethics, corporate social responsibility, the implications of artificial intelligence, and many other ethical issues.

"Ethics is really relevant to every decision a business makes, but it's also relevant to the kind of decisions we as the consumers makes," Hanson said. "We could talk about the ethics of whether the business treats you fairly, whether the products are as advertised, whether they're available." But also "there are questions though about the ethics of customers. Should customers use their values in choosing where to do business?"


The Fight Against Fake News

In an article for Fox 26 News, Sally Lehrman describes the efforts of the Trust Project to provide transparency regarding the media.

"We hope that our trust indicators become the new standard, that's what we're aiming for," said Lehrman. "It's more about creating transparency of what are the workings behind the news, what goes into a quality story." (Photo credit: Terry Johnston)




A New Way to Learn

In an article for The Sookmyung Times, the Ethics Center's Keith Yocam is interviewed about the growing popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at Santa Clara University, Korea and other universities worldwide.

“6000 students from all around the world and at least students from 65 countries are participating now,” said Yocam about the SCU online courses. The Center currently offers two Business Ethics MOOCs: Business Ethics for the Real World, and Ethics for Managers. As of today, students from 119 countries have enrolled in one of the four MOOCs that have been provided by the MCAE. (Photo by SMT)


Developing Indicators of Trust

In an article for AP by Arek Sarkissian, Sally Lehrman comments on the work The Trust Project is doing to restore trust in the media.

"What we hope to do is elevate the quality of journalism that you will see online," Lehrman said. "With all of the fake news you see out there, people didn't know where to turn to. The project will help readers become better informed."

Lehrman also discusses the work of The Trust Project in greater detail in this interview with Watershed Media.