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Media Mentions

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


Germany Shows How Government Should Steer AI Ethics

"The definition of ethics that I like to use is the one from Markkula Center for Applied Ethics because it specifically says being ethical 'is not the same as following the law.' They make mention of laws that are not ethical, such as the old apartheid laws of South Africa. Laws that do not take ethics far enough would be a similar worry. And by extension, not having a law to cover the circumstances does not mean it is OK to do whatever you want.

"Currently, Canada does not have a law about the ethics that programmers must follow when creating artificial intelligence. Germany just passed a law about this. This makes them the first government in the world to address AI ethics."

Excerpted from an article in IT World Canada.

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Artificial Intelligence: Robots with Ethics?

"It's the first time that we're really talking about whether the machines will really do the kinds of things that make us human. Will they care for people, think through the implications of their actions, revolt if they are given bad orders or something? They might recreate the biases present in society, rather than correct them or they may just reach really bad decisions," said Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics.

Excerpted from an televised interview on Fox KTVU.


Silicon Valley's Problem with Congress Has Already Been Solved—by the Defense Industry

"There are nascent efforts at creating a code of ethics for individual programmers and software engineers—including one similar to that of civil engineers—and a discussion of ethics should be part of the on-boarding process at tech companies, says Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics."

Excerpted from an article on Quartz at Work.



The Next Great Experiment

Industry 4.0 Calling Ethics

"The Atlantic has a section dedicated to ethical issues in collaboration with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of Santa Clara University. Its director of Internet Ethics, Irina Raicu, deals with difficult questions such as the manipulation of algorithms. In an article published last May, Raicu raises the imperative of training in ethics the hordes of technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and, in general, technology companies."

Excerpted from an article in El Mundo.

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iPhone X Engineer Fired

"I think the most valuable thing [Apple] can do is to act consistently, so that all employees - no matter what their paygrade or their experience background or the role they're playing at the time - are held to the same standard," said Ann Skeet, director of Leadership Ethics.

Excerpted from a video by KPIX. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


As Quatrevaux Leaves New Orleans IG's Office, Turmoil and Infighting Abound

“Just to allow him to retire and ride off into the sunset with this much questioning over him, and especially this much questioning in the last week — they should at least have some discussion about it,” said Ann Skeet, director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Excerpted from an article in The New Orleans Advocate. 



Facebook, Google Defend Role in Helping Push Anti-Muslim Ads

“It’s one thing to have neutrality in terms of content,” said Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “When you get into ads, it’s a different issue. You absolutely get to choose which ads you feature on your platform.”

Excerpted from an article in The Mercury News. Photo credit: AP Images



What Badly Behaving Employees Need From Their Bosses

"People who strive to be ethical corporate leaders must emphasize ethics regularly in their work and corporate culture. To secure long-term value creation that markets will reward, middle managers need to be treated as valuable, long-term assets themselves."

Excerpted from an article by Ann Skeet in MarketWatch.



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It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Do You Feel More Cybersecure and Aware Yet?

"One hopeful outcome of this slew of failures is that legislators are becoming not just aware but angry, and appear to be ready to propose some legislative measures in response. Maybe part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month should also be to keep a close eye on the regulatory proposals to come, to ensure that they are comprehensive and properly targeted. There is much to be aware of."

Excerpted from an article by Irina Raicu in Future Tense by Slate