Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Additional Resources

Higher Education

Georgetown’s Current Privacy Policy

Georgetown’s Beeck Center Project: Data for Social Good

Georgetown University Current Data Stewards

Guidelines for Responsible Use of Data in Higher Education (project by Stanford CAROL & Ithaka S+R)

National Center for Education Statistics


Alessandro Acquisti, Leslie K. John, and George Lowenstein, 2013. “What is Privacy Worth?The Journal of Legal Studies 42 (2): 249-274.

Leonid Bershidsky, “No, Big Data Didn’t Win the U.S. ElectionBloomberg View (December 8, 2016)

Owen Bowcott, “EU’s highest court delivers blow to UK’s snooper charterThe Guardian (December 21, 2016)

Karen M. Bradshaw and Souvik Saha, “Academic Administrators and the Challenge of Social-Networking Websites” in The Offensive Internet, edited by Saul Levmore and Martha C. Nussbaum, 140-151 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010)

Carole Cadwalladr, “Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media” The Guardian (February 26, 2017)

Anupam Chander, “Youthful Indiscretion in an Internet Age” in The Offensive Internet, edited by Saul Levmore and Martha C. Nussbaum, 124-139 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010)

Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim, “Data Firm Says ‘Secret Sauce’ Aided Trump: Many Scoff” New York Times (March 6, 2017)

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, 2015. “Trust Me, I’m a Medical ResearcherScience 347(6221): 501-503

Anna Dubenko, “Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss” The New York Times (March 23, 2017; March 28, 2017; March 31, 2017; April 4, 2017; April 7, 2017; April 14, 2017; April 18, 2017; April 21, 2017; April 25, 2017)

Charles Duhigg, “How Companies Learn Your SecretsNew York Times Magazine (February 16, 2012)

Laurel Eckhouse, “Big data may be reinforcing racial bias in the criminal justice system” The Washington Post (February 10, 2017)

Adam Clark Estes, “How I Let Disney Track My Every Move” (March 28, 2017)

Harry Frankfurt, “On Bullshit” in The Importance of What We Care About (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

McKenzie Funk, “The Secret Agenda of a Facebook QuizThe New York Times (November 19, 2016)

Brian Fung, “The Senate just voted to undo landmark rules covering your Internet privacy” The Washington Post (March 23, 2017)

William A. Galston, 2012. “Truth and Democracy: Theme and Variation” in Truth and Democracy, Jeremy Elkins and Andrew Norris, eds. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)

Some Colleges Have More Students from the Top 1 Percent than the Bottom 60. Find Yours” New York Times (January 18, 2017) [Direct link to Georgetown here]

Google Maps iOS Update Adds Live Location Data to ‘Popular Times’ Feature” MacRumours (January 26, 2017)

Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus, “The Data That Turned the World Upside DownMotherboard (January 28, 2017)

Jeffrey Gottfried, Michael Barthel, and Amy Mitchell, “Trump, Clinton Supporters Divided in Their Main News Source for Election NewsPew Research Center (January 18, 2017)

Sharona Hoffman, 2016. “The Promise and Perils of Open Medical DataHastings Center Report 46(1):6-7

Bradley Hope, “Inside Donald Trump’s Data Analytics Team on Election NightThe Wall Street Journal (November 9, 2016)

Thu-Huong Ha, “What are you revealing online? Much more than you think” Ideas.Ted.Com (July 1, 2014) [a conversation between two computer privacy experts, Alessandro Acquisti and Jennifer Golbeck, including links to each one’s TED talk]

John P.A. Ioannidis, 2013. “Informed Consent, Big Data, and the Oxymoron of Research That Is Not ResearchThe American Journal of Bioethics 13(4): 40-42

Jonathan J. King and Neil M. Richards, “What’s Up With Big Data Ethics?Forbes (March 28, 2014) [see also their Wake Forest Law Review paper “Big Data Ethics“]

Ezra Klein, “Something is breaking American politics, but its not social media” Vox (April 12, 2017)

Michael Kranish, “Trump’s plan for a comeback includes building a ‘psychographic’ profile of every voterThe Washington Post (October 27, 2016)

John Koetsier, “Do Robots Have Free Speech? Amazon Says Yes” Forbes (February 24, 2017)

Robert Kolker, “Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm” Bloomberg Businessweek (February 8, 2017)

Michal Kosinksi, David Stillwell, and Thore Graepel, 2013. “Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behaviorProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110(15): 5802-5805

Susan Landau, 2015. “Control use of data to protect privacyScience 347(6221): 504-506

Holly Fernandez Lynch and Steven Joffe, “A Lesson from the Henrietta Lacks Story: Science Needs Your Cells” The New York Times (April 21, 2017)

Thomas Ploug and Soren Holm, 2016. “Meta Consent – A Flexible Solution to the Problem of Secondary Use of Health DataBioethics 30(9): 721-732

Adrienne Lafrance, “The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto: Great for Facebook, Bad for JournalismThe Atlantic (February 17, 2017)

Ewan MacAskill, “‘Extreme Surveillance’ becomes UK law with barely a whimperThe Guardian (November 19, 2016)

John Markoff, “Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say” The New York Times (November 17, 2016)

Amy Mitchell, et al. “Political Polarization & Media HabitsPew Research Center (October 21, 2014)

Abraham L. Newman, “What the ‘right to be forgotten’ means for privacy in a digital ageScience 347(6221): 507-508

Helen Nissenbaum, 2015. “Respecting Context to Protect Privacy: Why Meaning MattersScience and Engineering Ethics (DOI 10.1007/s11948-015-9674-9)

Paul Ohm, 2016. “We Couldn’t Kill the Internet If We TriedHarvard Law Review 130(2): 79-85

Pilar N. Ossorio, 2014. “The Ethics of Translating High-Throughput Science into Clinical PracticeHastings Center Report 44(5): 8-9

Cathy O’Neil, 2016. “Civilian Casualties: Justice in the Age of Big Data” in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (New York: Crown Publishers)

Rachael Revesz “Steve Bannon’s data firm in talks for lucrative White House contractsIndependent

Joe Rossignol, “Google and Facebook Working to Fight the Spread of Fake News” MacRumors (April 7, 2017)

Dakota Rudesill, “It’s Time to Come to Terms with Secret Law” Part I & II Just Security

Mark Scott and Melissa Eddy, “Europe Combats New Foe of Political Stability: Fake NewsThe New York Times (February 20,2017)

Alina Selyukh, “U.S. Senate Votes To Repeal Obama-Era Internet Privacy Rules” The Two-Way: Breaking News from NPR (March 23, 2017)

Peter Stone, “Data firm in talks for role in White House messaging – and Trump businessThe Guardian (November 23, 2016)

Cass Sunstein, 2010. “Believing False Rumors” in The Offensive Internet, edited by Saul Levmore and Martha C. Nussbaum, 91-106 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010)

Marc Tracy, “With Wearable Tech Deals, New Player Data is Up for Grabs” New York Times (September 9, 2016)

Joseph B. Treaster, “Will You Graduate? Ask Big Data” New York Times (February 2, 2017)

Kaveh Waddell, “Give Us Your Passwords” The Atlantic (February 10, 2017)

Michael Walsh, “Surprise: At the End, Obama Administration Gave NSA Broad New Powers” PJ Media (February 15, 2017)

Oscar A Zarate, et al., 2016. “Balancing Benefits and Risks of Immortal DataHastings Center Report 46(1): 36-45

Andrej Zwitter, “Big Data ethicsBig Data & Society 1(2): 1-6

Government Documents

White House Report (May 2014) “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values

White House Report (February 2012) “Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy

FTC Report (March 2012) “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations for Businesses and Policymakers

International Data Policies

International Privacy Standards” Electronic Frontier Foundation

International Fact Checker Code of Principles” Poynter


Apply Magic Sauce,” The Psychometrics Center, The University of Cambridge

Is Your News Feed a Bubble?” PolitEcho

New Platforms

WikiTribune (designed to ensure people have access to fact-based articles that have a real impact and that stories can easily be verified and improved)

Podcasts & Videos

How the Digital Cookies Crumble” Princeton’s Politics and Polls Podcast (January 25, 2017)

Alexa, What’s the Future of AI?” On Point with Tom Ashbrook, NPR (January 19, 2017)

Wide Data Nets: The Dilemma of Catch & Release” Princeton’s Politics and Polls Podcast (February 8, 2017)

Smarter. Faster: Walter Isaacson on the morality of the future

Researchers Examine Breitbart’s Influence on Election Information” Morning Edition, NPR (March 14, 2017)

Fake News, Concrete Responses: At the Nexus of Law, Technology, and Social Narratives” Panel at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (March 23, 2017)

The Russian Passenger” (March 16, 2017) and “Beware All” (April 6, 2017) Reply All [about hacking an Uber account]

The ‘God Complex’ in Silicon Valley” Wall Street Journal: Money Beat (April 7, 2017)

Design Resources

Martin, Bella, and Bruce M. Hanington. Universal methods of design: 100 ways to research complex problems, develop innovative ideas, and design effective solutions. Beverly, MA: Rockport Publishers, 2012. Print.

Stakeholder map inspiration Pinterest board

Persona inspiration Pinterest board

Context map inspiration Pinterest board

Inspiration for final projects: “An Artist Helps iTunes’ User Agreement Go Down Easy” New York Times (March 6, 2017)