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Media Mentions

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


Artists Create ‘Deepfake’ Video Of Mark Zuckerberg To Gauge Facebook Response

“Their response to most of these is, ‘It’s not a violation of our policies.’ And so my question is, ‘Do you have the right policies?’”

“What are they accomplishing by simply taking it out of the news feed? If they don’t want people to see the video because they know it’s fake, they know it’s doctored, they know it’s misinformation, why not just take it down?” 

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in KPIX5 (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).

7 Questions about Kellyanne Conway's Hatch Act Violations and Trump's Response

"Government workers have an obligation to put public interests above their own and not to use public resources for personal or political gain." 

“In essence, public officials are fiduciaries. We the people are sovereign, and we delegate authority to those who would govern on our behalf.”

Hana Callaghan, director of the Government Ethics, quoted in abc6 (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Preschool children [AP Photo/Elaine Thompson].

YouTube’s Algorithm Keeps Suggesting Home Videos of Kids to Pedophiles

“I think if they really mean that their goal is to protect children, they’re not doing nearly enough, and they’re not moving quickly enough,” Raicu said. “Should there be something that YouTube does to inform people that this is what’s going to happen? I absolutely think they do have that responsibility.”

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in KPIX5 (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson).

Security Camera (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

San Francisco Becomes First US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

“I think anytime you see a company or organization sort of trying to not move forward too quickly with a new technology and think about what all the ethical implications are, how it might hurt people. It’s always a good thing,”

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in CGTN America (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).

Nancy Pelosi (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).

Fake Nancy Pelosi Videos: What Facebook, YouTube, Twitter Are Doing

“Playing down the visibility of a doctored video (one with significant political implications) in the News Feed is not going to address the spread of the video in other powerful ways — for example via Facebook groups,” said Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “So Facebook will still allow its platform to be used to amplify, worldwide, what is clearly misinformation.”

Irina Raicu quoted in (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).

A Moral Compass for Uncharted Ethical Territory

"Mission and value statements are 'an underutilized tool'. Companies should be using them every day."

Ann Skeet, quoted in Gartner's Quarterly Journal.

AP Images - Matt Rourke

Bay Area Experts Weigh in on Facebook Co-Founder's Opinion to Break Up Company

"Large unregulated companies are not necessarily considering the downstream effects of some of the decisions they're making today," said Ann Skeet, Senior Director at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

"Norms are shifting in our society about how we're going to define success, and biggest isn't always best," she said. "And making the most money isn't the only thing we need to be thinking about."

Ann Skeet, Senior Director of Leadership Ethics, quoted in ABC7 News (AP Photo/Matt Rourke).

Wall of Empathy in San Franciso (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).

The Dilemma of Empathy and the News

In her doctoral work at Stanford University, Anita Varma argues that journalism can fail to reach its potential when it limits itself to evoking empathy by focusing on the plights of individuals. When it comes to constructively addressing issues of social injustice, journalists should shift their frame to one of “moral solidarity”: documenting the societal, systemic causes of disparity, discrimination, and marginalization, by emphasizing the stake we all have in correcting injustice. She documents the rich but obscured history of solidarity in American journalism, and argues that as a journalistic frame, it “calls for people to be concerned not only for their own community’s lived conditions, but also for distant communities’ lived conditions, on the grounds that achieving social justice requires a commitment to a larger good beyond self or intragroup interest”.

Anita Varma quoted in Psychology Today (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).

Facebook F8 Developer Conference 2019 (AP Photo/Tony Avelar).

Innovation Interrupted: Facebook Lawsuit Diverts Attention From F8 2019

"They have some exposure because one of the things we’re looking for from our executives in leadership in companies is transparency and sort of making timely disclosure on things that could affect the company’s future. Certainly investors have a right to expect that."

Ann Skeet, Senior Director of Leadership Ethics, quoted in KTVU (AP Photo/Tony Avelar).

Al Gore and Tim Cook at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2013 (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).

These Former Government Officials Rake in the Big Bucks From Bay Area Tech

Restrictions on who can sit on corporate boards vary based on which government agency the director is coming from.

“There are cooling off periods in terms of what former public officials can engage in”.

Hana Callaghan, Director of Government Ethics, quoted in San Francisco Business Times (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).