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Media Mentions

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


Democratic Debates Show Need for Clear Language on Health Care Reform

In recent Democratic debates, moderator Lester Holt's poorly worded questions on health reform handed candidates a golden opportunity to clarify terms. But they blew it.

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

Taser Maker Says It Won't Use Facial Recognition in Bodycams

“Overall this appears to be a very good effort,” says Don Heider, executive director of Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. “These efforts to put together ethics boards are new [and] this company is on the cutting edge.”

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in WIRED (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).

Is it ethical to take a selfie at a tragic site, like Chernobyl or Auschwitz?

“The selfie places you in the forefront,” Raicu said. “It’s more about you, and everything else acts as context or background to you.”

When posing for and posting photos taken at tragic sites, people need to ask themselves “what kind of person are you for doing this, or who are you encouraging someone else to be?” Raicu said. “What kind of virtues are you demonstrating or not demonstrating?”

Ultimately, photos are “subjective,” and our interpretation of them “really depends on how much we understand of the context and the motivation behind them,” Raicu said.

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in Deseret News (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

No to a Breakup, No to Everything, Google Shoots Down Shareholder Proposals

"There are pockets of Google working on ethics, but not an overarching commitment that's taking place." 

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in The Mercury News (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma).

Opinion: Abolish the Electoral College, Make Every Vote Count

The Electoral College was based on elitist notions that only the few educated (and at the time white) men could be tasked with the important job of electing the president.

Hana Callaghan, Director of the Government Ethics, feature in The Mercury News. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Artists Create ‘Deepfake’ Video Of Mark Zuckerberg To Gauge Facebook Response

“Their response to most of these is, ‘It’s not a violation of our policies.’ And so my question is, ‘Do you have the right policies?’”

“What are they accomplishing by simply taking it out of the news feed? If they don’t want people to see the video because they know it’s fake, they know it’s doctored, they know it’s misinformation, why not just take it down?” 

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in KPIX5 (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).

7 Questions about Kellyanne Conway's Hatch Act Violations and Trump's Response

"Government workers have an obligation to put public interests above their own and not to use public resources for personal or political gain." 

“In essence, public officials are fiduciaries. We the people are sovereign, and we delegate authority to those who would govern on our behalf.”

Hana Callaghan, director of the Government Ethics, quoted in abc6 (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Preschool children [AP Photo/Elaine Thompson].

YouTube’s Algorithm Keeps Suggesting Home Videos of Kids to Pedophiles

“I think if they really mean that their goal is to protect children, they’re not doing nearly enough, and they’re not moving quickly enough,” Raicu said. “Should there be something that YouTube does to inform people that this is what’s going to happen? I absolutely think they do have that responsibility.”

Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics, quoted in KPIX5 (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson).

Security Camera (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

San Francisco Becomes First US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

“I think anytime you see a company or organization sort of trying to not move forward too quickly with a new technology and think about what all the ethical implications are, how it might hurt people. It’s always a good thing,”

Don Heider, Executive Director, quoted in CGTN America (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).

Nancy Pelosi (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).

Fake Nancy Pelosi Videos: What Facebook, YouTube, Twitter Are Doing

“Playing down the visibility of a doctored video (one with significant political implications) in the News Feed is not going to address the spread of the video in other powerful ways — for example via Facebook groups,” said Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “So Facebook will still allow its platform to be used to amplify, worldwide, what is clearly misinformation.”

Irina Raicu quoted in (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).