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In memoriam: Alan Wertheimer

April 13, 2015

Former Faculty Fellow Alan Wertheimer passed away on April 10th. Wertheimer was Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Vermont; he also served as a Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard from 1991 to 1993.

Hacking iCorruption

April 2, 2015

On March 28-29, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and MIT Center for Civic Media hosted a multidisciplinary hackathon to fix the systemic, legal corruption that is weakening public institutions around the world. More than one hundred developers, academics, journalists, designers, and community members gathered at the MIT Media Lab to produce tools to combat problems of institutional corruption across government and law, medicine and public health, academia and nonprofits, and finance and economics. The event was a tremendous success.

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Integrity is Free

by Elizabeth Doty adapted from her article in strategy+business

When Lab Fellow Maryam Kouchaki, Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino and I came together in 2012 to collaborate, we wanted to understand the processes of making and keeping business commitments as an essential element of institutional integrity. In particular, we wanted to study the dynamics of “commitment drift,” (perceived systematic breakdowns in fulfilling a company’s most important commitments to its stakeholders).

Hacking Institutional Corruption

by Lilia Kilburn, re-blogged with the author's permission from the MIT Center for Civic Media

Midway through the first full day of Hacking iCorruption, the hackathon that Civic co-hosted with Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics this weekend, a participant and Fellow at the Center for Ethics approached Stephanie Dant, Assistant Director of the Center, and gushed, “This is amazing! I asked them”—she gestured at a team of coders—“if they could build it, and they said, ‘Of course.’” The Fellow was agape, in contrast to her coders: “They were deadpan! Like it was nothing!”

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