Selected Media Commentary

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The Outline

April 18, 2018

Interviewed for "Neopets Was Run by Scientologists" by Sarah Bellman.

"Neopets's business model [was] morally problematic....The idea that an organization should fire employees for having views that are different from those of the organization is morally disconcerting even when we don’t share the views, or we are adamantly against them."

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Outside

February 21, 2018

Interviewed for "Should Our Morals Determine Our Gear Purchases?" by Ariella Gintzler.

"People who buy products associated with Vista Outdoor are not directly responsible, but they are morally complicit...."

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News @ Northeastern

December 8, 2017

Interviewed for "How the CVS-Aetna Merger Could Improve—or Undermine—Healthcare" by Allie Nicodemo.

"The main mission of CVS is to sell medicine. It's not to take care of patients....When someone is seeking medical care, they shouldn't be preyed upon in that way."

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News @ Northeastern

December 5, 2017

Interviewed by News @ Northeastern regarding "Do Not Resuscitate" orders.


Vice News

November 7, 2017

Interviewed by Vice News regarding Neopets and Scientology.


NPR News

April 10, 2017

Interviewed by NPR News regarding geofencing, ad targeting, and privacy surrounding abortion clinics.


Boston.com

June 7, 2015

Interviewed for "Changing Your Name and Hiring Discrimination" by Justine Hofherr.

"'My concern with lying or gaming the system by misrepresenting your name and cultural background is you maintain the status quo when really what we need is an overhaul,' Illingworth said. 'We need a recognition of the value of diversity and multiculturalism....'"

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WQXR

April 3, 2015

Interviewed for "Leipzig Quartet Violinist Appeals for Help with Legal Fees After Arrest" by Brian Wise.

"'From an ethics and philanthropy perspective, it is important that scarce philanthropic dollars be used where need is great and there is a high probability of the charitable organization meeting the need,' Illingworth wrote in an e-mail. 'Very often, crowd funding campaigns provide little in the way of information to potential donors, and no way to monitor the outcomes of the "donations." Donors can easily be duped....'"

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WQXR

November 13, 2014

Interviewed for "Lincoln Center to Rename Avery Fisher Hall" by Brian Wise.

"'Typically, philanthropy is understood as the giving (and sometimes volunteering) for the love of humanity,' Illingworth wrote in an e-mail. 'In this case the Fisher family delivered $10 million to Lincoln Center in exchange for naming rights....'"

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WQXR

June 5, 2013

Interviewed for "In Philanthropy, Why Naming Rights are the Name of the Game."

"'We like to think that the democratic process is what determines the social agenda,' said Illingworth. 'And yet when philanthropists start acting like governments, in a sense they can determine the social agenda. Naming rights can exacerbate that....'"

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The New York Times

March 10, 2013

Interviewed for "In Big-Dollar Philanthropy, (Your Name Here) vs. Anonymity" by Mark Oppenheimer.

"The philosopher Patricia Illingworth, the editor of 'Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy,' said that 'public giving is more desirable in many ways, because it really creates this culture of giving...."

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