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Ethics, Society, & Technology Initiatives

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society is home to various programs and initiatives that explore the ethical and social dimensions of technology. We strongly believe that Stanford has a special responsibility to address these topics in light of its role as a seedbed of Silicon Valley, and the Center has long championed inquiry at the intersection of technology and human values. Learn more about our offerings in this arena:

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Student Opportunities

We aim to have undergraduate and graduate students apply the skills of ethical reflection they learn in the classroom to address real-world problems in the technology industry and connected fields.

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Career Pathways & Professional Development

We build pathways from Stanford classrooms into tech ethics and policy careers by influencing the supply and demand for jobs at the intersection of technology and ethics. 

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Education Programs

We foster ethical reflection in the process of research and innovation to become second nature for faculty, students, staff, and industry leaders. 

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Research Support

We deploy expertise, funding, and other resources to support the implementation of ethical frameworks and analysis across all seven schools on campus.