A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.
Unfair Competition Allegations
In an article for The Christian Science Monitor, Kirk Hanson comments on a lawsuit filed by a small San Francisco clothing chain against Ivanka Trump's brand.
“There’s no question that the prominence of the Trump family in government creates advantages in the commercial world,” said Hanson. “The Trump brands will generate an unending series of lawsuits over the next four years because the conflict of interest is real and unresolved.”
“To my knowledge, this is the first time a first family has had so many business conflicts of interest in American history,” he added. “We will learn a lot from the next four years, and it may lead to a reassessment of our ethics laws and exemptions we grant for the president and for advisors who don’t hold formal White House jobs.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Acting Ethically on Mars
In an interview with Madame Mars, Margaret McLean discusses the ethical issues involved in our potential presence on Mars.
"The decisions we make and the actions we take will likely have a larger impact on future human generations and potential Martian life forms than they have on us," McLean said. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL)
Review of Shusaku Endo's Silence
In an article for National Catholic Reporter, Campus Ethics Director David DeCosse reviews the book Silence by Shusaku Endo.
"Who hasn’t thought that God can be agonizingly silent? Silence is a masterpiece of the examination of this reality of the human condition," DeCosse writes.
Transparency Concerns with Snap
In an article for Market Watch by Therese Poletti, Leadership Ethics Director Ann Skeet comments on the ethical red flags for investing in new public companies like Snap.
According to Skeet, some companies have a complex company ownership structures with various classes of stock and limited or no voting rights, and "that lack of transparency is causing some investors to sit on the sidelines.” (Photo credit: AdamPrzezdziek)
The Fight Against Fake News
In an article for American Libraries, Journalism Ethics Director Sally Lehrman comments on how the Trust Indicator her team is working on will help restore trust in the media.
“These icons would be cognitive shortcuts to route readers to more reliable sources of news,” Lehrman notes. The article also indicates that the Trust Indicator should be available for media use by the middle of 2017. (Photo credit: Terry Johnston)
In an article for IAPP, Internet Ethics Director Irina Raicu comments on the challenges of creating a code of ethics for the privacy profession.
“Many times people feel privacy is very important but needs to be balanced against other rights," said Raicu. "It makes it really difficult to develop a code of ethics.”
Leadership at Uber
In a segment for NBC Bay Area, Leadership Ethics Director Ann Skeet notes Travis Kalanick's willingness to take responsibility for his recent fracas with an Uber driver but suggests that the CEO's behavior may be taking a toll on the company.
"I do think you have to start asking yourself if there isn't broader reputational risk to the company in having this person as their CEO," Skeet said.
The Inside Track?
In an article for Daily Press, Hana Callaghan comments on the circumstances of a real estate acquisition in Victorville, CA, and potential wrongdoing by a local councilman/realtor.
"In situations like this, it raises red flags and it may cause the public to wonder, is he acting in the public's best interest or is he acting in his client's best interest?" said Callaghan. "Is this a case where his client got insider knowledge or an inside track that wasn't available to other potential purchasers of the land?" (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
In an NBC News article, Hana Callaghan comments on the impact that leaked information can have on government.
"A lot of the ethics laws that govern the different agencies and branches of the federal government came about as a result of Watergate," Callaghan said. "The Office of Government Ethics was created after that." (AP Photo)
The Ethics of Leaks
In an article for Deseret News by Tad Walch, Ann Skeet discusses the ethical issues involved when groups like MormonLeaks decide what information they will release to the public.
"It's very fair to ask people to tell you, 'What are the parameters you're using, what are the guidelines you're using to decide these things?' " Skeet added. "It doesn't mean that person has to, but it also doesn't mean anybody has to pay attention to that person. There's plenty of people who post stuff and blog stuff all the time." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)