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Media Mentions

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


Woodside's Ethics Code Analysis

"If the committee votes to repeal the code and not replace it, or votes to leave it as is, 'our task is complete,' Ms. Callaghan says. Otherwise, the committee will discuss changes to the code so she can prepare a draft for a third meeting, she says. A third meeting would include more debate and recommendations. If the group reaches consensus, a completed draft code would go to the council. If not, the committee would vote on 'general recommendations (to the council) for a new ethics policy'." 

Excerpted from an article in The Almanac.

How to Stand up for Ethics

“No single person creates culture, but a founder or CEO can certainly influence culture,” says Skeet. These top executives can help mold a positive and purposeful ethical culture. “If leadership in a company is committed to designing systems that promote ethical behavior, that’s a positive sign, as is any additional bandwidth they might have to contribute to industry-wide standards.”

Excerpted from an article in CFA Institute Magazine. 


Cloned Macaques

Should You Be Allowed to Create Your Own Clone?

"The scientists themselves deny any interest in human cloning," said Margaret McLean, director of Bioethics. "Unfortunately, our automatic reflex to think about human applications has taken our attention away from the ethics of primate cloning itself. The researchers’ goal is to create genetically identical monkeys to be used in the study of human disease, especially diseases of the brain. We need to ask ourselves if the potential to understand and cure human disease justifies the deliberate creation of primate clones for research."

Excerpted from an article in Photo Credit: Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo/Chinese Academy of Sciences via AP.

Ethical Decision-Making in Business

"The team at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics put together a series of questions for ethical decision-making in business.

"This framework is designed to help you evaluate potential consequences of your decisions from every angle.

"The questions support you in the following core ethical decision-making steps:

  • Recognize the issue
  • Get the facts
  • Evaluate alternative actions
  • Make and test a decision
  • Action and reflection (in order to help assist you in further ethical decision-making in business)

"And, if you are on the road and need some business ethics support, don’t worry there is an app for that, too!"

Excerpted from an article on Spin Sucks.

Outer space

Are We Trashing the Final Frontier?

"'There is an argument to be made for the intrinsic value of nature, that rocks and rivers, whether on Earth or on Mars, have an intrinsic value to them and that there should be some degree of regard for that value,' says Margaret McLean, director of Bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

“'We’re not going blind into this,' McLean says. Space may be uncharted territory, but we have past experiences pushing into new frontiers here on Earth to draw from. 'We are explorers, but we need to take the lessons that we’ve learned from our last place of experience with us as we explore.'"

Excerpted from an article in The Christian Science Monitor. (Photo credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team/A. Nota, Westerlund 2 Science Team via AP)

the trust project on various devices

The Media Today

"Can you automate trust? The Trust Project is an international consortium of news organizations—including Google and Facebook—led by journalist Sally Lehrman and hosted at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. One of the project’s most recent initiatives was the development of “trust indicators” that a number of media outlets have agreed to add to their publications. Google, Facebook and Twitter have also agreed to use them."

Excerpted from an article in Columbia Journalism Review.


Tech Giants Must Help Us Kick Our Smartphone Addiction

"What can we expect of tech executives under increased heat to acknowledge harms their products inflict and correct for them? What moral obligations do these companies, and others like them, have to identify, publicize and address the risks using their products pose to consumers?"

Excerpted from an article in MarketWatch. Photo credit: (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)




Twitter Is Latest Target of Right-Wing Project Veritas

“They appear to have tricked somebody to say that [Twitter] would comply with a legal process,” said Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Thursday. She said the video doesn’t  prove that Twitter as a whole is biased, only that individual employees have “their own political views.”

Excerpted from an article on Silicon Beat. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


Donald Trump

Trump Appoints Official with Potential Conflicts of Interest

“Public officials are basically public fiduciaries. We put them in a position of trust to act on our behalf and always in our best interest,” Hana Callahan, director of Government Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, said in an interview. “As public fiduciaries, they have a duty of loyalty, which means they have to put the public’s interest before their own personal interest.”

Excerpted from a ThinkProgress article about the appointment of Kevin McIntyre as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Old hands

Slowing Aging Could Transform Society As We Know It

"It kind of lends itself to a moral myopia," Brian Green says of the prospect of significantly extending the human lifespan. “Humans work better if they have a goal beyond their own survival.”

“Hopefully these things will work, and they’ll help us live a little bit longer,” Green says of the scientific research being done at the Mayo Clinic and the Scripps Research Institute. “But the idea of radical life extension where we’re going to live indefinitely longer, I think that is very unrealistic.”

Excerpted from an article on Leapsmag.