Lecture on Ethics of Internet of Things

Irina Raicu presents "Barbies, Pacemakers, and Everything In Between: Building a More Ethical Internet of Things" which is a lecture on how connecting things to the internet may have some ethical questions.


“Only connect,” wrote the novelist E. M. Forster. But he was not a science fiction writer, and he was talking about people. These days, his quote is more likely to make us think about things. Engineers and business people are enthusiastically connecting more and more things to the internet. Should they? What are some questions that we should want people who design and build connected things to ask—and answer—before connecting, in order to ensure that the “Internet of Things” promotes, rather than endangers, the good life?

Speaker biosketch:

Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, at Santa Clara University. She is an attorney and a Certified Information Privacy Professional. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, Re/code, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The San Jose Mercury News. Raicu is a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree in English from U.C. Berkeley, as well as a master's degree in English and American Literature from San Jose State University. She tweets at @IEthics and is the primary contributor to the blog Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley.  Link:

Event date/time:

Friday, Jan 27, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.


Building 33-286 (Fisher Science Hall).

Other info:

This talk is free and and open to the public.

Sponsors: College of Liberal Arts’ Lottery Speakers Fund; Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Minors Program; and Philosophy Department.

For questions, please contact:

Dr. Patrick Lin
Associate Professor, Philosophy Dept.
Director, Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group 


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