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Media Mentions


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

    

After High-Profile Deaths, Social Media Erupts in Conspiracies

“That really is drawing people’s attention to something that may not even be on their radar,” said Irina Raicu, director of the internet ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “And if what is trending is a conspiracy theory, then social media companies just played a part in amplifying that and pulling people in.” 

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in Voice of America. (AP Photo)

Wikipedia Entries Won't Let Harrison Shed Its Past

"Instead of an encyclopedia, which writes with some authority and checks accuracy, Wikipedia depends entirely upon volunteers to make entries and corrections," he said. "I think the folks in Harrison might be better served by first getting the information corrected on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website or by Vice. Or they need to find other sources they can use to convince the editors."

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).

Prominent Economist Wrote Op-ed About Amazon's New Virginia Headquarters at Company's Suggestion

"Whether Professor Fuller took Amazon's suggestions or not, his relationship with them creates a perceived conflict of interest not disclosed to readers," said Don Heider, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

"On the other hand, thousands of op-ed pieces are published weekly, and do we as readers have any idea what individuals or organizations may have collaborated with the authors?" Heider said.

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in sfgate (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan).

After Two Debates, Democratic Candidates Still Unclear On Health Care Reform

"Democrats risk losing the White House if they fail to better articulate their plans."

Ann Mongoven, Associate Director Health Care Ethics, featured in The Mercury News (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky).

Sporadic Outages On 8Chan Board Linked To Shootings After Cloudflare Pulls Plug

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, says technology companies are increasingly recognizing their responsibility in the spread of shooters’ manifestos, and hate speech in general.

“I think a lot of tech companies are very uncomfortable with this new role, and they don’t feel qualified and they’re trying to pull in more voices and other kinds of expertise to help them,” said Raicu, “I can understand the discomfort, and I can understand the call for that burden to be taken from [Prince]. But the question is, by whom? Who should be making those decisions?” 

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in KPIX CBS SF Bay Area. (AP Photo)

After Mass Shootings, Tech Industry Shuns 8chan

"The 8chan example is about how tech companies are changing their views about their responsibility when it comes to extreme content, said Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

“'For a long time, people said it's the responsibility of the poster,' Raicu said. 'We have become more sophisticated about the roles that other players have.'” 

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in Voice Of America News. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

Jeffrey Epstein Doled Out Millions to Harvard and Others. Is that Cash Tainted?

“There isn’t one standard for one organization to follow, and there isn’t a legal obligation to return the funds,” said Joan Harrington, director of social sector ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “So it really does become an ethical issue.”

Joan Harrington, Director of Social Sector Ethics, quoted in the Miami Herald (AP Photo/Elise Amendola).

Conservative Group Paid for Pro-fur Testimony at the Capitol, California Activists Charge

Whether it is ethical is another question, and Hana Callaghan, the director of government ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics had this to say: “Creating a false sense of civic engagement is a problem for our democratic process. Any time you try to deceive it is unethical.”

Hana Callaghan, Director of the Government Ethics, quoted in The Sacramento Bee (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).

Silicon Valley Wades Into the Abortion Wars — Cautiously

“This is a highly charged issue, and right now our political climate is already so polarized that leaders may be really measured in their response to this one,” said Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “They want to be careful. (Abortion) has been one of the toughest issues for our country.”

Ann Skeet, Senior Director of Leadership Ethics, quoted in San Francisco Chronicle (AP Photo/Print Graphics).

Facebook, Google, and Apple are Going on the Defense as the Battle Cry to Break Up 'Big Tech' Gets Louder Than Ever

"Critics have pointed out that they're being reactive," Raicu said. "But they're trying to deal with problems that arise, and at the same time, we want them to look ahead and anticipate problems. And that's not easy given the size of these companies and the scale of these platforms."

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in The Connecticut Post (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).