Baruch College Explores Censorship, Industrial Espionage and Human Rights in “Google Vs. China”

Event on March 23 Part of Baruch College’s Annual Ethics Week

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New York, NY, March 19, 2010 – For the first event of Baruch College’s annual Ethics Week, the Baruch College Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity presents “Google vs. China” on March 23. Panelists will address the recent confrontations between Google and China, Chinese Internet censorship and concerns that the Chinese government hacked into the databases and e-mail accounts of Google and other American companies.

“Google vs. China” will also consider the impact on the Chinese people, who will be denied the use of a powerful information resource if Google leaves China, and how accusations of industrial espionage on the part of the Chinese government may affect China’s international business dealings.

This is the first seminar in the David Berg Foundation Series on Ethics and Accountability at Baruch College.

Panelists include:
• Zachary Karabell, President, River Twice Research
• Joey Lee, Robert L. Bernstein Fellow in International Human Rights, Human Rights in China
• Devin Stewart, Director, Global Policy Initiatives, Carnegie Council

The discussion will be moderated by Donald H. Schepers, Ph.D, director of the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College.

Event: “Google vs. China”
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 23 from 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Place: Baruch College, 151 E. 25th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues), Room 750
RSVP: 646-312-3231 or http://zicklin.baruch.cuny.edu/centers/zcci/zcci-events/google-vs-china

About Ethics Week
Baruch College’s Ethics Week 2010 takes place March 22 – 26. Beginning in 2004, Baruch College has set aside one week each spring during which members of the faculty are encouraged to discuss ethical issues specific to their subjects and disciplines in their classrooms, and departments or programs invite outside speakers for public presentations.

In addition, the Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics are awarded to faculty and students during this signature week. The prizes are intended to stimulate scholarship in the field of ethics, with an emphasis on ethics in professional life. The prizes are funded by a gift from alumnus Charles R. Dreifus, (’66, MBA ’73) in honor of Abraham J. Briloff, Emmanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy Emeritus. Professor Briloff, who was first appointed to the Baruch College faculty in 1944, has been called “the most famous accountant in the world.” In the 1990s, he was among the very first to sound the alarm over self-serving and corrupt practices that damaged the integrity of accountancy, helped spawn the Enron debacle and led, ultimately, to the reforms of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

CONTACT: Jennifer Pauly;
                646-660-6129;
                Jennifer.pauly@baruch.cuny.edu