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Media Mentions

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


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Digital Resurrection Technology to Let Us Speak With the Dead?

“Is there a violation of moral rights involved in the development of “griefbots”? Do we/should we respect people’s rights even after their death?” the article wondered.

Excepted from an article in Newsmax wherein Irina Raicu's Ethics Case Study- AI, Death, and Mourning was mentioned. 

The Trust Project by Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

A Guide to the New Efforts Fighting for Journalism

It’s a commitment between major news organizations and tech companies to “provide clarity on the [news organizations’] ethics and other standards, the journalists’ backgrounds, and how they do their work.”

Exceprted from a blog post in Neiman Lab which introduced The Trust Project as one of the new efforts fighting for journalism. 


Mark Zuckerberg grilled for two days: What’s next for Facebook?

Not all of the lawmakers were as stern as they addressed the CEO of a $486 billion company, leaving the question of regulation an uncertainty, at best.

“I heard … congressmen who directly asked for help in connecting their constituents to the internet,” said Irina Raicu, director of the internet ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “They’re supposed to take him to task, not ask for help.”

Quoted from an article in Mercury News about Mark Zuckerberg's testimony for the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. 

Photo Credit: AP Images

As Facebook reels, Silicon Valley dabbles in ethics

In an article for Religious News Service, Brian Green, Director of Technology Ethics and Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center expressed their opinions.

“I think it’s because every company is afraid that they’re the one that’s going to look like they have an ethical problem, “(But) actually ethics is normal, and we’re all doing ethics all the time.”, said Green.

“As more and more questions are posed … both the corporate departments in these companies and the people working in these companies — the technologists — have been taking more and more note of (ethics),” Irina said, noting that Facebook has provided research ethics training since 2014.


Will Tech Companies Ever Take Ethics Seriously?

“Ethical decision-making is like a muscle that needs to be exercised lest it atrophy,” it needs to be integrated into the fabric of day-to-day activities. In other words, ethics here and there is far too limited of a commitment — much in the same way as religious practitioners question the commitment of folks who attend houses of worship only for popular festivals, said Irina Raicu, the Director of Internet Ethics for Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

Quoted from an article in Medium. 

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook’s biggest threat is coming from this obvious place

Investors are now taking note of fundamental conflicts of interest at Facebook and other social media and tech companies. But Facebook, notably, shows these conflicts in a way that makes it easier to spot the ethical risks inherent in some of Silicon Valley’s business practices.

Excerpted from an article in Marketwatch by Ann Skeet where she expresses her opinion about conflict of interest at Facebook and other social media and tech companies. The article was also picked up by the Director's Domain newsletter from boardspan.


Pope Francis

Can the Catholic Church help young people figure out how to use social media?

Young people, he said, express “a wariness around social media in particular, because they see how badly it can go. There’s going to be a pause, where people will look and say, ‘Maybe we’ve made a mistake here, How can we correct these problems? How can we keep getting the good aspects of the technologies we’ve produced and how can we try to reduce the negative aspects of them? I think we’ve reached that point already.”

Quoted from an article in America The Jesuit Review

Ethics Bowl winning team 2018: Miles Elliot '19, Daisy Koch '18, Connor Holttum '18, and Jeff Kampfe '19.

SCU Team Captures National Title in Ethics, Featured on NBC Bay Area

"It's not just presenting arguments about things in debate," said ethics bowl team member Jeff Kampfe. "It's applying them in ethical frameworks, so it can be anything from nuclear warfare to solar flares to universal basic income." 

"The biggest lesson I've learned is teamwork, honestly," said ethics bowl team member Connor Holttum. "It's how to come together and put your minds and efforts towards something that you are going to do within yourselves."

Excerpted from a video on NBC Bay Area. 

The Vatican Is Wooing Silicon Valley

“Overall the Church has been very positive toward technology in the past, but as humans have become more powerful, the Church has felt like it has to say no to more things. If the Church can’t deal with that in a productive fashion, it’s going to be left behind. So it needs to resurrect its own history of being technologically optimistic.”, said Brian Green, Director of Technology Ethics at Santa Clara University. 

Excerpted from an article by Sigal Samuel and Josephine McKenna in The Atlantic.

Photo Credits: AP Images by Kevin Hagen

Ann Skeet

Facebook Facing User and Lawmaker Scrutiny over Data Use

Facebook can expect scrutiny by its 1.4 billion Facebook users and by lawmakers, according to Ann Skeet, Senior Director of Leadership Ethics at Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. "As consumers get savvier about that and legislatures get more interested, I think both the regulatory market and consumer market will reign them in."

Excerpted from an article in ABC7 News.