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Case studies produced by The Ethics Project at UT Austin remain the intellectual property of The Ethics Project at UT Austin and the University of Texas at Austin. They can be used in unmodified PDF form without permission for classroom use. For use in publications such as textbooks and other works, please contact The Ethics Project at UT Austin

 

Drivers Beware: The Ethics of Law Enforcement Technology

Public Health and Private Data: The Ethics of Using Digital Contact Tracing for COVID-19

“I Do Solemnly Swear”: The Ethics of Medical Education in the Time of COVID-19

Is it ethical for police to use ALRP camera systems? How should we balance the benefits to public safety while mitigating the risks to public privacy? 

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What concerns arise when we use digital contact tracing to fight COVID-19?

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At what point does a physician-in-training assume “special obligations” to society, particularly “the duty to treat” patients? 

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“There Must Be No Deserters”: COVID-19 and the Ethics of Mass Quarantine

Poverty Simulation Programs: Experience in Empathy or Offensive Gamification?

Corporate Sharing of Genetic Data: Data Goldmine or Pandora's Box?

Are there any circumstances under which mass quarantine would be morally permissible or required?

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Could poverty simulations offer a way to cultivate empathy or is it merely social gamification of the stresses of poverty?

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Is it permissible for genetic data analysis companies to sell their clients' genetic data?

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Should We Kill Humanity’s Greatest Killer? The Ethics of Mosquito Eradication

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture: The Ethics of the Carson King Case

Reality TV and Real Ethics: Love Island and the Ethics of Relationships 

It is now within our power to eradicate humanity’s greatest killer: the mosquito. But should we exterminate another species to reduce human suffering? 

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What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture meet? Is cancel culture socially just? 

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What ethical complexities arise from consensual surveillance and televised relationships? 

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A Hairy Problem: The Ethics of Woolly Mammoth De-Extinction 

Ethics in a Cage? Shark Cage Diving and the Ethics of Ecotourism

Should we use cutting-edge genetic technology to resurrect the woolly mammoth? 

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What are the ethical problems with shark tourism and ecotourism in general? 

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