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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Media Mentions

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


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Can Running an Ethical Campaign Help You Win?

“One of the things that we have discovered in our research is that studies have shown that given the choice, voters want to vote for the candidate that takes the high road,” said Hana Callaghan, director of Government Ethics. “Voters are starting to figure it out. They’re starting to figure out that how a candidate campaigns is a good indicator of how they’ll govern.”

Hana Callaghan, director of Government Ethics, quoted in Campaigns and Elections.

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Brock Turner Sex Assault Survivor 'Emily Doe' Publicly Reveals Her Identity for First Time

"She's provided leadership already, even without identifying herself. But when people come forward and put their name to an issue, they are exercising personal leadership," said Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics at the Markula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. "She's saying she's willing to be identified with this part of her history. And has an interest in telling it from her point of view."

Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, quoted on KTVU (Photo Credit - Mariah Tiffany/ Audere Media).

Partnership on AI Calls for Softer Immigration Rules to Enhance Collaboration

“It is tremendously important to have international scholars be able to meet in person to discuss issues in technology ethics, especially in AI, which is transforming the world so rapidly,” said Brian Green, director of Technology Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “Visas have supported these meetings.”

Brian Green, director of Technology Ethics, quoted in Silicon Angle.

The Future of Microchip Implants in Humans

"Brian Green, director of technology ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, has expressed concerns over the ethics of microchip implants. While microchips aren't new technology with pets, Green states that in a world where retailers, credit card companies, and employers require mandatory implants, the country can become a 'surveillance state.'

"Green also predicts that should the surveillance state nightmare come to fruition, individuals who decline microchip implants risk being marginalized and walled off from modern conveniences. He adds that individuals should always have the right to opt-out of implants without fear of persecution."

Brian Patrick Green, director of Technology Ethics, in Thomas.

Little-known Kansas Company Lands in Victoria after Hurricane Harvey

“Was this a long-standing relationship separate from their business relationship? Was the county employee in any sort of decision-making position?”

Hana Callaghan, Director of the Government Ethics, quoted in Victoria Advocate (AP Photo/LM Otero).

Why Do Celebrities Keep Falling for This Viral Instagram Hoax?

“I think those of us who are steeped in internet culture and paying attention to what happens on social media forget sometimes that not everybody else is as deep into this,” said Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at Santa Clara University. “We all see very different versions of the internet, and most people have other things that they think about more than this.”

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in Mic. (ShutterStock)

After High-Profile Deaths, Social Media Erupts in Conspiracies

“That really is drawing people’s attention to something that may not even be on their radar,” said Irina Raicu, director of the internet ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “And if what is trending is a conspiracy theory, then social media companies just played a part in amplifying that and pulling people in.” 

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in Voice of America. (AP Photo)

Wikipedia Entries Won't Let Harrison Shed Its Past

"Instead of an encyclopedia, which writes with some authority and checks accuracy, Wikipedia depends entirely upon volunteers to make entries and corrections," he said. "I think the folks in Harrison might be better served by first getting the information corrected on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website or by Vice. Or they need to find other sources they can use to convince the editors."

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).

Prominent Economist Wrote Op-ed About Amazon's New Virginia Headquarters at Company's Suggestion

"Whether Professor Fuller took Amazon's suggestions or not, his relationship with them creates a perceived conflict of interest not disclosed to readers," said Don Heider, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

"On the other hand, thousands of op-ed pieces are published weekly, and do we as readers have any idea what individuals or organizations may have collaborated with the authors?" Heider said.

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in sfgate (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan).

After Two Debates, Democratic Candidates Still Unclear On Health Care Reform

"Democrats risk losing the White House if they fail to better articulate their plans."

Ann Mongoven, Associate Director Health Care Ethics, featured in The Mercury News (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky).