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Media Mentions

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


Ethics in Tech: A New Resource

“Those who create products and services that become part of people’s everyday lives have long known that they must do better in considering the long- and short-term ethical implications of their work,” said Raicu. “What they might not have known is how to operationalize that awareness. This project aims to help them get started with a robust set of tools and suggestions for ways to effectively implement them.”

Irina Raicu quoted in an article in BusinessWire.

AP Images/Jeff Chiu

Plastic Straw Bans Disregard People with Disabilities

“Most environmentally-conscious people who are trying to get rid of straws, I don’t think they would have any malice against disabled people,” Green said. “It’s just that they probably haven’t even considered it.”

Brian Green quoted in an article in The Mercury News. (AP Images/Jeff Chiu)

AP/Rich Pedroncelli

Private Meetings Between Regulators, Energy Insiders and Advisers to Gov. Jerry Brown

“Regardless of legality, public officials have ethical duties of accountability and transparency owed to the public that they serve,” Hana Callaghan said.

Callaghan said the preamble to California’s main open-meetings law, known as the Ralph M. Brown Act, articulates the principle nicely.

“It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly … The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created,” it states.

Hana Callaghan, Director of Government Ethics, quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune. (AP Images/Rich Pedroncelli)

Experts Explain Why 'Doin' it for the Gram' Makes Us Do Dumb Things

"In the context of #PlaneBae, I think it’s one thing to overhear a conversation. No one expects you to plug your ears. But no one expects you to start publicizing it without the people involved realizing that you’re doing it.

I wonder whether [...] there’s been a desensitization—that we are starting to see other people as content rather than individual human beings with rights and needs. As everything becomes a reality show, we forget that reality shows are actually staged, and we think that daily life is a reality show when it’s not. Most people choose not to participate in reality shows and don’t want to be forced to be the stars of one. That’s kind of how it feels in a story like this."

Irina Raicu quoted in VICE. (AP Images / Karly Domb Sadof)

AP Images (Ivan Sekretarev)

Five Ethicists Walk into a World Cup Party

"Ethically speaking, you can look at it from a utilitarian perspective and say what would make the most people happy?, then say who’s got the largest worldwide population of, you know, Francophiles or Croatians, and make your determination from that. You could say based on the play of the game and how the athletes perform. You could look at it from which team has the most virtuous, well-rounded, good people on their team. So there’s lots of ways to consider it. We tend to pride ourselves here at the Markkula Center on never answering questions like that…

"I tend personally to be a common good ethicist, someone who says, well, what will be the outcome that will result in creating a public good that the shared community will benefit from? For me, that’s a cleanly played game and a fair outcome. In this case, if people can feel good after the final is over, that you know it was well-fought and there was no taint, if you will, to the outcome — to me, that’s a good outcome."

Ann Skeet quoted in The Outline. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

AP Images/Nick Ut

DMV Investigates Startup That Has Disrupted Appointment Process

“From a consumer protection standpoint, I’m concerned when companies seem to imply that they have better access than the public,” she said. “It concerns me that the public is being duped.”

Hana Callaghan quoted in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. (AP Images/Nick Ut)

Lakewood Residents Give To Feed Need, Lakewood Government Gives To Feed Greed

Hana Callaghan notes that “The concept that government officials have special ethical obligations to the public is actually quite old. In Ancient Greece Plato called for death for public officials who took bribes.” Callaghan also points out that “Without a duty of accountability, the public’s ability to monitor the behavior of public fiduciaries would be severely limited. From the duty of accountability flow the duty of transparency and the concepts of disclosure, open meetings, and accessibility of public records.”

Director of Government Ethics Program, Hana Callaghan, quoted in The Lakewood Observer.

Immigration Reform

Bay area legal experts discussed ethical questions tied to family separations at the border as part of an Ethics at Noon event put on by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Santa Clara's School of Law led that discussion along with members from the political science and ethical studies department.

"It's not clear that they even have records of all those children and where they are currently located, how to reunite them with their parents", said Prof Anna Sampaio, from the department of Ethnic Studies and Political Science at Santa Clara University. "But at the end of the day, I think this is going to be one of those moments that we talk about in the same breath as Japanese internment."

Excerpted from a video on NBC Bay Area. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Facebook vows to fight hate speech, but it may be too late for Rohingya Muslims

“If you’re a multinational company and you’re going to operate in different communities, you do take that (ethical responsibilities) on,” Raicu said. “You take on responsibility, and I think that was not well understood — that you can’t just take your values and your understanding of the world and apply it worldwide.”

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in Religion News Service.

Woodside: Council Favors Ethics Code that Addresses Complaints Informally

The Woodside Town Council launched an initiative to revise its ethics code under guidance of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. The group convened for three workshops in early 2018 under the direction of a facilitator from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Members convened a fourth time on their own.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics mentioned in The Almanac.