Moral Crisis at MIT's Media Lab

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A woman walks through the entrance of the MIT Media Lab. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A woman walks through the entrance of the MIT Media Lab. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MIT's Media Lab appears to be in a moral crisis.

The President of MIT said the university will bring in an outside firm to investigate the connections between the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the Lab. This comes after Media Lab Director Joi Ito resigned after a New Yorker piece revealed how he had concealed his connection to the financier.

Where does MIT go from here?


Max Larkin, WBUR Edify reporter. He tweets @jmlarkin. ‏

Justin Peters, columnist for Slate. His most recent column is "The Moral Rot of the MIT Media Lab." He is also the author of "The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet." He tweets @justintrevett.

Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and author of "Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count."

This segment aired on September 9, 2019.


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