Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Organization mission: To engage individuals and organizations in making choices that ​respect and care for others. Focus areas include technology ethics, software engineering ethics and internet ethics.

What is Technology Ethics?
Brian Green, assistant director of Campus Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, discusses the ethical issues that have arisen from technological advances in areas like human enhancements, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology
What is Internet Ethics?
Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, explores the role the internet plays in the development of the good life. She addresses privacy, net neutrality, access, big data, and other topics.

The YouTube Playlist for the center has videos on a wide variety of ethical issues.

Located in the Silicon Valley, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics brings the traditions of ethical thinking to bear on real world problems. Beyond a full range of events, grants, and fellowships for the Santa Clara University Community, the Center also serves professionals in fields from business to health care, from government to the social sector, providing innovative approaches to problems from fake news to privacy protection. Through our website and international collaborations, we also bring ethical decision making resources to the wider world.

  • We will be one of, if not the major ethics educator in the world.
  • We will double down on forming the ethical character of the next generation, making our materials available to an increasing number of colleges and universities, increasing our resources on character education for K-12 public and faith-based schools.
  • We will be a very prominent and trusted commentator and interpreter of ethical developments in society and its institutions, providing thoughtful analysis of the ethics of these breaking issues to an ever-widening set of traditional and new media platforms.
  • We will expand our capacity to respond quickly and do in-depth ethical analysis of unexpected and truly new social and technological problems which arise.