Be Evil: Does Corporate Responsibility Matter?

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Monday 14th March, 2011

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

In this age of radical transparency, can corporations that mistreat their users or cause harm in the world get away with it? Does the market discipline companies so that responsibility is now an essential part of doing business? Or is corporate responsibility just a clever trick to gain a slight marketing advantage and defer state regulation? Is the first and only duty of a company to provide value to its shareholders? This debate will consider these issues through the lens of Google, the most significant promoter of a corporate moral ethos. It will consider the ethics of doing business in authoritarian places such as China, pursuing environmentally sustainable infrastructure, and treating labor fairly.

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Siva Vaidhyanathan

Author of The Googlization of Everything (2011), The Anarchist in the Library (2004), and Copyrights and Copywrongs (2001). bio from Twitter

12 attendees

  • Andrea Genevieve
  • Danny O'Brien
  • Paulien Dresscher
  • cindy vermeulen
  • gagnier
  • hugh garry
  • Kevin Marks
  • lovisa
  • Danny O'B
  • Nick Parish
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan
  • vikramtank

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  • Anna Debenham
  • Chris Heathcote
  • Hanni Ross
  • Jenn Gustetic
  • James Stewart
  • Liz Henry
  • Chris Carter
  • Pessimist
  • Jason Lewis
  • Brett Camper
  • Salim Virani 🇪🇺
  • Tom Coates

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Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Mon 14th March 2011


Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown

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