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Media Mentions

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


Extinction Tourism

Is Climate Change Tourism Morally Wrong?

In an article by Natasha Geiling for, Brian Green considers the ethical implications of tourism to places like Antarctica or the Marshall Islands, where climate change has left a major imprint.

“The only thing that is going to be left of [the Marshall Islands] is memory,” Green says, “and so I think its important for people to experience that, and for people to see that this is having a human impact. It’s not just a theoretical thing out there. It’s something that is here, among us.” (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

College Athletes Under Investigation

In a Los Angeles Times piece by David Wharton, Ann Skeet comments on the challenges that universities face when deciding whether or not to discipline an athlete who is suspected of breaking a law.

“These decisions should be guided by some kind of deliberate decision-making approach, something that suggests there has been a serious discussion,” said Skeet. “That’s a good place for people to start.” (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

The Clinton Foundation's Future in Tanzania

In a Tampa Bay Times article by Jon Greenberg, director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet discusses how the 2016 presidential election might impact the work of the Clinton Foundation in countries like Tanzania.

"The foundation needs to get on with its business and not be distracted by a political situation," Skeet said. "Board members have a duty of care and a duty of loyalty to serving the public interest of the nonprofit. They should not have divided loyalties." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, POOL)

Clinton Foundation

Do Clintons Receive Personal Benefit from Foundation?

In an article by Lauren Carroll for PolitiFact, Ann Skeet discusses the potential personal benefits the Clintons receive from their foundation, and whether or not it's an ethical concern.

"The reason people start charities in their name and donate significant amounts of money often boils down to a desire to feel like they’re contributing to a cause they care about or to increase their standing in the community, Skeet said. These are, however abstract, a form of personal benefit."

"'All donors to all organizations give for a reason you can tie back to personal benefit,' she said." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

G20 Summit

Economic Leadership at G20 Summit

Kirk O. Hanson discusses China's opportunity for economic leadership at this year's G20 Summit during an interview on CCTV's China 24.

"This is like the Olympics of multilateral meetings," said Hanson. "It's an opportunity for the host country to show its competance in running meetings, but even more importantly its command of the important economic issues that face the world at this point in time."

"The background issues which are so important that China needs to show sensitivity to and has standing to do so are the environment... and inequality - inequality among the nations of the world and inequality within many countries such as the United States and China," Hanson added.

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)

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