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  •  Your Privacy Online

    Monday, Jul. 16, 2012 12:32 PM

    A teaching module for college students on Internet privacy is now available in beta version for university instructors to try out with fall classes. 

    Focusing on the "why" of privacy protection, the module offers a case study, an explanation of what companies have to gain from violating a user's privacy, and links to sites that show visitors how to protect their privacy.  Throughout, the materials place privacy in the context of ethics, exploring why privacy is crucial to rights that we value.

  •  Why We Care About Privacy

    Friday, Jun. 29, 2012 4:41 PM is a new Web site that copies potentially embarassing status updates by people who have not protected their privacy on Facebook and posts them for all the world to see.  The site is a partial answer to the question, Why do we care about privacy?

    So is a new group of materials on privacy recently posted on the Ethics Center Web site.  Created by computer scientist Michael McFarland, the materials look at privacy as an ethical matter.  McFarland was a visiting scholar at the Ethics Center this spring, following a 12-year stint as president of Collge of the Holy Cross. McFarland began his career at Bell Labs, and has taught computer science at Boston College and Gonzaga University.  See McFarland's take on Why We Care About Privacy. 



  •  An Engineering Ethics Case Study

    Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 12:23 PM

    Software engineer "Wayne Davidson" is responsible for testing a prototype of an air traffic control system in a new case study by Michael McFarland, SJ, computer scientist and former president of College of the Holy Cross.  When Wayne finds a problem, his boss dissuades him from reporting on it so that the company can meet its very tight deadline with the Federal Aviation Agency.  McFarland takes readers on a step-by-step process for thinking through the ethical issues behind Wayne's dilemma.

  •  Engineering Ethics

    Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012 4:27 PM

    To be effective and have a positive impact in their communities, engineers need to have a basic grasp of ethical decision making, says Michael McFarland, S.J., in this video conversation with Irina Raicu, Internet Ethics Program director at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

    McFarland, a computer scientist and Jesuit priest, describes how he became interested in science and ethics and how he integrates the two disciplines.  McFarland began his career at AT&T Bell Labs, where he conducted research in computer-aided design of digital systems. He taught computer science at Gonzaga University and Boston College and served for 12 years as the president of College of the Holy Cross.

  •  Hacking Ethics

    Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2012 12:54 PM

    Hear a podcast of Joseph Menn's talk, Hacking, Ethics, and the Future of Internet Security, presented Monday for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at SCU.  Menn, a reporter for Reuters, is the author of the true cyberthriller Fatal System Error.

    The Center also offers Unavoidable Ethical Questions About Hacking, a brief look at the topic using he ethical approaches of rights, fairness, utlitarianism, common good, and virtue.



  •  Hacking, Ethics, and the Future of Internet Security

    Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012 5:16 PM

    Journalist Joseph Menn reflects on hacking for the Tech Forum, a series on IT, Ethics, and Law co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. 

    Technology reporter for Reuters, Menn has covered the tech beat for Financial Times, LA Times, and Bloomberg. His talk will take place Monday, April 9, 7 p.m., in Lucas Hall on the Santa Clara University campus.

  •  A Constitution for Facebook Users?

    Friday, Mar. 2, 2012 12:22 PM

    Pictures posted on Facebook can get blasted out to the world. Social networking companies can store our data for long periods of time, aiding their marketing possibilities but upending our privacy assumptions. What can be done about these powerful trends?

    Lori Andrews, author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, speaks March 8, 6:30 p.m., about online privacy and a Social Network Constitution she is developing to protect the rights of Internet users. The talk will be held in the Forbes Room of Lucas Hall on the Santa Clara University campus.

    Andrews is a law professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent School of Law, where she is also director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology. The National Law Journal named her one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America and the American College of Law and Medicine awarded her its highest honor, making her an Honorary Fellow for "distinguished achievement in the field of legal medicine."

    Adminission is free, but registration is appreciated.

  •  Craig Newmark on Helping Others Through Technology

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 1:48 PM

     "I'm Craig Newmark and I'm a nerd." So begins a talk by Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, given January 24, 2012 at Santa Clara University (video). Newmark, whose site is one of the 10 most visited on the Web, described his goal as "being able to connect everyone on the planet for the common good."

    Newmark was a guest in the Tech Forum series, co-sponsored by the Ethics Center, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. He discussed how craigslist can help people through its "free stuff" and "barter" categories. His new effort, craigconnects, helps nonprofits with fundraising and brings attention to causes such as military veterans and their families, and open government.

  •  A Conversation with Craig Newmark

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    Join us for "A Conversation With Craig Newmark," January 24, 6:30 p.m. in the Santa Clara University Benson Center, featuring the founder of craigslist, one of the 10 most visited sites on the Internet. 

    In early 2011 Newmark launched craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using the Internet to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. Newmark is involved with a variety of community efforts and is particularly interested in organizations promoting public diplomacy, Middle East peace, and new forms of media such as participatory journalism.

    Newmark's appearance is the second in this year's Tech Forum, co-sponsored by the Ethics Center, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

  •  Kiva CEO on Microfinance and Global Social Benefit (video)

    Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 4:32 PM

    Matt Flannery discussed the genesis of Kiva, the microfinance Web site he co-founded, at a presentation last month, the first in this year's Tech Forum Series on law, ethics, and high technology. Flannery explained how Kiva relies on the basic human principle of reciprocity: I will help you in expectation that you will help me.  That reciprocity underlies the high repayment rate of loans made through Kiva. "People feel bound to repay people that they know," Flannery said.

    Flannery is an alumnus of the Global Social Benefit Incubator, a project of SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Society, which empowers socially minded entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations, and solve problems for people living in poverty around the world. 

    The event was co-sponsored by the Ethics Center; the Center for Science, Technology, and Society; and the High Tech Law Institute.