A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.
Tackling the Fake News Problem
In a BBC article by Jane Wakefield, Sally Lehrman discusses the growing concern about fake news on Facebook and Twitter, and how the Trust Project is working to come up with tools to improve trust in the mainstream media.
"We don't know enough yet to know how [fake news] affected the election but we do know that fake news travels rapidly and it can change the conversation, not just by misinforming people but by focusing attention on something that may not be the issue," Lehrman said. "I would be concerned if we relied on Google, Facebook and Twitter to solve the problem of trust - we have to do that for ourselves," she said. (goir | Dreamstime Stock Photos)
Trust Project Hackathon in London
An article on Medium details the work of participants at a recent Trust Project Hackathon in London.
"The main problem we want to solve is a lack of transparency about the organisation that produces the news," writes Denise Law, a hackathon participant. "We believe that people and platforms would be more likely to trust a news organisation if they had greater visibility about its funding structure or founding date, for example." (Photo credit: Terry Johnston)
Addressing Silicon Valley's Empathy Gap
In an op-ed for The Mercury News, Ann Skeet discusses how empathy can be created to help close the "prosperity paradox" in Silicon Valley.
"There is a tool—a framework for ethical decision-making developed at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics—that helps users gain empathetic perspective. It contributes by posing questions from ethical paradigms, fostering empathy by offering considerations that might not otherwise be explored." (Sinan Isakovic | Dreamstime Stock Photos)
Google and Facebook Look to Remove Fake News Ads
A Financial Times article by Richard Waters details Google's and Facebook's decisions to restrict ads on fake news websites, after false stories about the presidential election received high visibility.
The article reports that Sally Lehrman, director of the Journalism Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, "said the failure highlighted the difficulty that news distributors such as Google and Facebook, as well as internet users, had in distinguishing fake news online." (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) Subscription Only.
Calling Out Bias in the Media
In an article for All Digitocracy, by Angela Shah, Sally Lehrman comments on the new website Rate My Media, which strives to indicate whether or not the media is fairly representing race and ethnicity.
“The thing will be getting people to do the reviews,” says Lehrman, director of the Journalism Ethics Program and the Trust Project at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “If they can build momentum and build awareness, this site could be helpful to media users and prompt real change in the media.” (© TMarchev | Dreamstime Stock Photos)
Trump Needs to Stand up for All Americans
Hana Callaghan writes in the San Francisco Chronicle that President-Elect Donald Trump needs to be a president for all Americans so that the country can heal and come together.
"It is time Trump undertakes his first presidential act by demonstrating that he is, in fact, president for all," Callaghan said. "Mr. Trump must heal this country. He must let those who would commit hateful acts in his name know that hate will not stand in his America. Trump mustn’t let the haters steal his legacy before it has even begun. I pray that he takes to the airwaves now and not wait until he is sworn in Jan. 20. There’s no time to waste." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Tech CEOs Look to Provide Assurance and Leadership
In a KPIX report by Kiet Do, Ann Skeet comments on the actions Silicon Valley CEOs are taking to reassure their employees, customers and shareholders.
"Part of the reason you're seeing the CEO letters is because markets don't like uncertainty, but neither do people," Skeet said. "Mostly what I think I see are human beings who say 'Hmm, the country needs some reassurance and some leadership right now, I'm in a position to provide it and I'm gonna do my best.'" (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
The Active Nonviolence Movement
An article in The Valley Catholic by Joanna Thurmann discusses Professor Ken Butigan's recent visit to Santa Clara University, during which he spoke about the power of active nonviolence. The event was sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
"There is violence, there is passivity, and then there is a third way; active nonviolence," says Thurmann, in reference to Butigan's message. "Not just the philosophy and methodology of giants like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Gandhi, it is a fundamental worldview, a way of life, and a choice for each of us. Unlike passivity, it calls for courageous engagement and determined resistance to confront evil with the weapons of love and truth alone. Most importantly, it works."
The Ethical Duty of Voting
In an article for the Mercury News, Hana Callaghan recounts the accomplishments of suffragette Clara Foltz and shares why it's our ethical duty to cast our ballots on election day.
"People of good will can differ on the means by which the common good can be achieved, but if we fail to vote, we are abdicating our responsibility to our country and squandering a right our grandmothers and great grandmothers fought so hard to achieve," Callaghan says. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Twitter and the 2016 Election
In an article for Recode by Matt Kapko, Irina Raicu comments on how social media has impacted politics and the election.
"Social media enables conversations that never would have happened without it, according to Raicu. 'But the unfiltered aspect of social media has also led, on some platforms, to some very toxic exchanges — toxic enough to drive people completely out of the conversation,' she says. 'We have also seen that social media can enable the easy, fast and widespread dissemination of misinformation.'" (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)