Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.) and was formerly an attorney in private practice. Her work addresses a wide variety of issues, ranging from online privacy to net neutrality, from data ethics to social media’s impact on friendship and family, from the digital divide to the ethics of encryption, and from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the right to be forgotten. She holds a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University’s School of Law, as well as a bachelor's degree in English from U.C. Berkeley and a master's degree in English and American Literature from San Jose State University.
Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, U.S.A. Today, MarketWatch, Slate, the Huffington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Recode.
Raicu is a member of the Partnership on AI's Working Group on Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI. In collaboration with the staff of the High Tech Law Institute, Raicu manages the ongoing “IT, Ethics, and Law” lecture series, which has brought to campus speakers such as journalist Julia Angwin, ethicists Luciano Floridi and Patrick Lin, and then-FTC commissioner Julie Brill.
She tweets at @IEthics and is the primary contributor to the blog Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley.
As a teenager, Raicu came to the U.S. with her family as a refugee; her background informs her interest in the Internet as a tool whose use has profound ethical implications worldwide.