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Media Mentions

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


Craig Newmark

Craigslist Founder Discusses Media Trustworthiness

In an Inc. interview of Craig Newmark, the Craigslist founder comments on his involvement in the Trust Project, a journalism ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

"I support the Trust Project, which is working to develop indicators of trustworthiness that can be done as HTML tags in articles," Newmark said. "One could be a link to an ethics code; one could be a link to an accountability process. There could be tags to whether or not this is original reporting, maybe, to distinguish opinion versus factual pieces. So any news aggregator would look for these tags, and if the reporter or the news organization has committed to them, then that article would be ranked more highly than articles from outlets that haven't made this commitment."

Irina Raicu

The Value of Privacy

Irina Raicu discusses the work she does relating to online privacy and other internet ethics issues in a Mercury News profile by Patrick May.

"In the United States, where we've taken privacy for granted, the more we now have this sense that our privacy is being invaded through the internet, the more we're realizing we need to protect it," Raicu said.





Leonardo DiCaprio

Accountability in Charitable Foundations

Ann Skeet comments in an article for The Hollywood Reporter written by Gary Baum about the "unusual" activity and overall organization of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Set up as a donor-advised fund (DAF) as part of the California Community Foundation, the charity is not required to adhere to the level of transparency and accountability that many philanthropy authorities would like. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)



Fox News

Sexual Harassment at Fox News

In a New York Times article by Michael M. Grynbaum, Emily Steel and Sydney Ember, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Kirk Hanson, comments on the sexual harassment crisis at Fox News, and the necessary level of awareness and oversight on the part of the company's board.

“The question is, did they have procedures in place to look at issues like this? And secondly, did they have someone try to report this that was then quashed by Rupert Murdoch or anyone else?” said Hanson. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Pokemon Go

Pokémon Ethics

Quoted in an article for KQED Science, Irina Raicu, director of internet ethics, commented on the potential issues created by the Pokémon Go craze that has swept the country.

“On one hand, people are going out and they’re walking, and in some situations they’re actually interacting with other players,” she said. “But then I’m also hearing people just describing what looks like hundreds of zombies walking around just looking down at their screens.”

The state of New York is working to prevent sex offenders from playing Pokémon Go, on the grounds that the game easily enables predators to lure children to their locations. Raicu agrees that Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go, needs to more adequately address kids' safety concerns. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)


Combining Business and Politics

In Raheem F. Hosseini's article for SN&R, Hana Callaghan comments on a potential conflict of interest for Sacramento councilman, Allen Warren. A businessman with ties to many real estate developments in his own district, Warren's potential personal benefit from the city government's actions has come under some scrutiny.

“If a council member acts in his or her official capacity in a manner that benefits the member personally, that’s a problem,” said Hana Callaghan, of Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. “That’s a classic breach of the duty of loyalty that public officials owe to the public they are elected to serve.” (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)


Twitter Stands up to Online Abuse

Twitter has made an attempt to fight back against online trolling by banning Milo Yiannopoulos, a longtime internet agitator, from the social media service. In an article by Michelle Quinn for the Mercury News, Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, weighs in on how Twitter can be more open with the efforts it is making to prevent online abuse.

"It would help if there were more discussions with the public," said Raicu. "We often feel nothing is happening." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)


Computers that Analyze Human Emotions

In an article written by Adam L. Brinklow for San Francisco Magazine, Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, comments on the use of computer algorithms to analyze the emotions of employees.

"Algorithms that claim to pick up human emotions are deeply problematic," Raicu says. (AP Photo)




Melania Trump

Plagiarism in Political Speeches

In an article by Julia Prodis Sulek and Matthew Artz for the Mercury News, Hana Callaghan comments on the significance of Melania Trump delivering a speech that was partially plagiarized. 

"The job of a campaign is to introduce the candidate and to create an informed electorate -- and that means political communication needs to be truthful, fair and relevant," Callaghan said. "When you're dealing with a case of plagiarism, you're basically dealing with a theft of words and ideas and that comes across as dishonest."  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

City College of New York

Finances Under Investigation at NY City College

Kirk Hanson is quoted in a New York Times story by  about the investigation into the finances of the president of the City College of New York and an affiliated nonprofit foundation.

“The process of one fund reimbursing another may be a red flag that they don’t want scrutiny,” said Hanson. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)




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