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Media Mentions

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


Corporate Ethics

In a Financier Worldwide article, Kirk Hanson and Ann Skeet comment on an increased interest in ethics in business.

“Major scandals in previously respected companies over the last two years have shaken public confidence that they will be well treated by companies,” says Hanson.

“Companies that invest in creating ethical communities and cultures can expect better business results and avert most reputational crises,” adds Skeet.



Uber's Uncertain Future

In an interview with ABC 7 News, Kirk Hanson discusses the troubles that Uber faces in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment and sexism.

"Today it has real bottom line impact due to bigger fines and more lawsuits," Hanson said. "But it also has a huge impact on the interest of workers in working for such a firm." 

Hanson also spoke about Uber's situation with KQED, and Ann Skeet spoke with Scott Budman of NBC Bay Area about what the company ought to do moving forward. "They should hire a strong, female CEO with a sterling reputation for building great culture," she said. Skeet also spoke with KQED about the ride-sharing company. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)




Tackling Fake News

As part of a KQED Radio live broadcast from the Computer History Museum, Sally Lehrman discusses the efforts the Trust Project and companies like Google and Facebook are making to restore trust in the media.

"The idea behind the Trust Project, is how can we make it easy for the public to identify high quality news out of all this hubbub online, and also how can we signal this to the news distribution platforms like Google and Facebook," Lehrman said.

Lehrman also discusses the problem of fake news in an article for TechRadar. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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?"