Institute for Technology, Ethics, and Culture (ITEC)
The Institute for Technology, Ethics and Culture (ITEC), housed at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, is a collaboration between the Center and the Vatican’s Dicastery for Culture and Education. The Institute convenes leaders from business, civil society, academia, government, and all faith and belief traditions, to promote deeper thought on technology’s impact on humanity.
In today's rapidly evolving technological landscape organizations face unique ethical challenges around matters of privacy, equity, transparency, and accountability.
A Deloitte study on trust and ethics in technology revealed that while business leaders are aggressively moving forward on implementing and using emerging technologies, nearly 90% of those surveyed lack a framework to support the implementation of ethical principles to guide its development and use. The ITEC Initiative was created to fill that void and assist organizations.
For 37 years, the Markkula Center has been known for its work helping corporations apply ethical thinking and create positive change, collaborating with companies like Salesforce, IBM and Microsoft on efforts related to ethical standards in design, development and deployment of technology. Drawing on this work, the Ethics Center conducted primary research, interviews and conferred with many corporations to produce a handbook.
By José Roger Flahaux, Brian Patrick Green, and Ann Skeet
"Ethics in the Age of Disruptive Technologies: An Operational Roadmap,” or, more briefly, the “ITEC Handbook,” offers organizations a strategic plan to enhance ethical management practices, empowering them to navigate the complex landscape of disruptive technologies such as AI, machine learning, encryption, tracking, and others while upholding strong ethical standards.
The ITEC Handbook is available as a free PDF download, or purchase an eBook or print-on-demand edition from Amazon.
ITEC News and Commentary
Brian Green, director, technology ethics and Ann Skeet, senior director, leadership ethics, featured on the Nonconformist Innovation Podcast.
The defeat of the Open AI Board shows that in the battle between AI profits and ethics, it’s no contest.
Ann Skeet, senior director, leadership ethics, published by Fortune.
Related Resources From the Ethics Center
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The Institute for Technology, Ethics, and Culture (ITEC) initiative and the ITEC Handbook are made possible through the generous support of Charmaine and Dan Warmenhoven, the Lucas Brothers Foundation, and through support from and collaboration with the below organizations:
We are grateful for their commitment to the common good for humanity through ethical and responsible design, development, and use of technology.