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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Media Mentions

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


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How Businesses Can Create an Ethical Culture in the Age of Tech

"As technologies continually proliferate through virtually all corners of the private and public sectors, executives will also be expected to set the organizational tone for the ethical design, development, and deployment of technologies. Setting the right tone at the top and providing unconscious bias training, among others, are common ways of improving organizational culture."

Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, co-authored an article for World Economic Forum. The article was also published in The European Sting.

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Judge Rules That Doctors Can Take Baby off Life Support Against Mother’s Wishes

"When doctors talk about whether a treatment would be 'futile,' Mongoven said they should consider the odds that it would help and, if it did, the magnitude of the benefit. She said in Tinslee’s case, the chances of continued treatment helping and the size of the potential benefit both seemed very small."

Ann Mongoven, associate director of Health Care Ethics, quoted in The Washington Post (AP Photo).

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Adam Driver doesn’t like to hear himself sing. When an NPR talk show played a clip during an interview, he walked out.

“As journalists, we want to be sensitive to people we interview and want to know if they have anything that triggers fear,” Don Heider told The Post. “The other side of that is we’re trying to get to some version of the truth. The question is in this particular case is: How important was it to play this clip during the interview?”

Don Heider, executive director, quoted in The Washington Post (AP Photo/David Azia).

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Why Investors Should Pay Attention to Google's Employee Protests

“It’s a legitimate risk, in a tight labor market; being able to attract top talent and quality talent is key,” said Ann Skeet of Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“Anything that signals to people that there’s turbulence within the company could hurt their ability to attract top talent.”

For a long time they’ve relied, maybe too much, on one kind of cultural element, which is the things they say about their culture: Being Googley, having phrases like ‘do no evil,’” Skeet added. 

“They’ve said these things but haven’t clearly defined what they are and backed them up with their practices in the company. It can mean very different things to different people.”

Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, quoted in The Street (AP Photos).


Former Google Employee Accuses Company of Retaliation

"They have relied very heavily on phrases like 'do no evil' and encouraged a lot of exchanges in the workplace that aren't really about the topic of work," said Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. "Those norms in this company are changing and people are struggling with those changes."

Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, quoted on ABC7 News.

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Deliver Us From A.I.? This Priest-Led Network Aims to Shepherd Silicon Valley Tech Ethics

Brian Green, the director of technology ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, says he participated in one of those meetings this year. It included discussions on the ethics of artificial intelligence and whether the technology will centralize or democratize power, Green says.

Brian Patrick Green, director of Technology Ethics, featured in Fortune (AP Images).

Church Needed As Moral Voice As AI Technology Expands, Expert Says

"For decades, AI seemed like a slow-moving academic sub-field stuck in a 'winter.' But in the last few years it has exploded thanks to three converging and amplifying socio-technical trends."

Brian Patrick Green, director of Technology Ethics, featured in CRUX.

When Did ‘Billionaire’ Become A Four-Letter Word? An Inside Look At Wealth, Poverty And Presidential Politics

“I think that is a fundamentally wrong way to think about wealth and the proper role of government,” he said, adding that it’s proper for societies to make collective decisions about how to advance the important social interests of its communities. 

David DeCosse, director of Campus Ethics, quoted in Deseret News (AP Images/Ted Shaffrey).

Cerner Must Guard Against Conflicts Of Interest As Exec Runs For Congress

“You have to think about the optics, but that’s not really an ethical concern. It’s more a strategic concern. From an ethics standpoint, the most important thing is transparency,” Callaghan said.

Hana Callaghan, director of Government Ethics, quoted in The Kansas City Star (File photo/Kansas City Business Journal).

Some Salaried Staffers At The Colorado General Assembly Are Paid Extra By Political Committees

Hana Callaghan, director of the government ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University in California, says there should be a “hard line” between politics and government work.

Hana Callaghan, director of Government Ethics, quoted in The Gazette (Associated Press).