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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

How do people and organizations inspire trust?

They make choices based on justifiable standards. They take others into account in their decisions. And then they do what they say they will do.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics engages individuals and organizations to make choices that respect and care for others.  In our focus areas—bioethics, business ethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, journalism ethics, leadership ethics, and social sector ethics—we work with scholars and professionals to apply ethical ideas to the very real problems people encounter. We examine the obstacles to ethical action in many areas of our lives and develop tools to help people perform at their best.


Perspectives on the News by Center Staff

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On Internet-Connected Toys and Human Flourishing

An in-class activity for software engineering (ethics) courses

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Mixed Blessings

Ethical concerns about the adoption of online educational resources

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On Cybersecurity Fatalism

The aftermath of the Equifax data breach

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    The problems women and minorities face in Silicon Valley can be solvable if the issues are considered as ethical dilemmas. We will explore the issues both philosophically and practically in this dialogue series during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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    Ethics in Silicon Valley

    Executive Director Kirk Hanson and Ethics Center founder A.C. "Mike" Markkula, Jr. discuss ethics in Silicon Valley thirty years ago and today.

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        Free Speech and Civil Discourse

        For the 2017-18 academic year, the Ethics Center will explore the theme of freedom of speech and civil discourse through public events, the work of a team of undergraduate fellows, and the provision of educational materials about key, contested ethical issues. 

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        A Video Introduction to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

        Highlights of the Ethics Center's programs, mission, and accomplishments, in a special video commissioned for the Center's 30th Anniversary.

        2016-17 Annual Report

        2016-2017 Annual Report