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What Happened to Theranos?

The Big Hustle Theranos was a privately held health corporation that was touted as a breakthrough technology company. It claimed to having devised blood tests that required only exceedingly small amounts of blood and could be performed very rapidly using small automated devices the company had developed. However, the claims... Read more →


The Ethics of Using AI to Predict the Spread of the Coronavirus

Data Analytics Provides the Answer to Slowing the Spread and Treatment Artificial intelligence (AI) systems can gather huge amounts of data, analyze it, and make predictions. AI is an indispensable tool for data analysis and treatment during the coronavirus. Given its potential widespread use in health-care-decision-making, AI raises ethical concerns... Read more →


Financing Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Unintended Consequences of the PPP Program? The government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has unintended consequences. Namely, the amount of money a furloughed or unemployed worker receives from unemployment funds can be greater than the regular salary received had that individual returned to work. The main reason is the $600 boost... Read more →


The Key to Using Artificial Intelligence Ethically

Ethical AI is Built On Transparency, Accountability and Trust by STEVEN MINTZ January 16, 2020 in Ethics, Featured This piece was published by Corporate Compliance Insights AI systems based on machine learning can be used to audit financial data efficiently and look for financial fraud, but ethical risks exist if... Read more →


Social Responsibilities of Corporations and the Public Good

A Critical Analysis of the Business Roundtable Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation On August 19, 2019, the Business Roundtable issued a Statement of the Purpose of a Corporation that really is a mission statement, not a plan of action. As such, it is short on details about how... Read more →


What is the Purpose of a Corporation?

Business Roundtable Issues a Public Relations Piece Have you read the “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” put out by the Business Roundtable on August 19? It suggests that corporations should no longer advance only the interests of shareholders. Instead, according to the group, they must also invest in... Read more →


Should a #studentathlete be Allowed to Monetize Their Names, Likeness…?

Professionalization versus Commercialization Last week I blogged about the new law in California that changes the rules of the game with respect to college athletes being able to earn money from the use of their names or likeness as well as through endorsement deals. The law, Fair Pay to Play,... Read more →


Revisiting NSA's Metadata Collection Program and Edward Snowden

Were His Disclosures in the Public Interest? Reports that the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in light of the publication of his book, Permanent Record, which is about his experiences at the NSA, raises the question once again whether he did the right... Read more →


Is it Time To Give Up on Capitalism?

Role as a Moral Agent One reason businesses still struggle with ethical behavior is they are unaware of their role as a moral agent. A moral agent is a person who has the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and to be held accountable for their actions. Moral agents... Read more →


Developing a Code of Ethics for Software Engineers

The Public Interest Should Be Front and Center Given the concerns about the security of our online data and personal information used by the likes of Facebook and others, the time is right to expand those concerns to software engineers and ask the important question: Should ethical standards be set... Read more →