Stanford and the ethical dilemma of Silicon Valley’s next generation

This is a great insight into one of Silicon Valley’s most important brainbox factories, where current students, who once dreamed of landing at Google or Facebook, are grappling with the tech industry’s vilification. The Ringer’s Victor Luckerson:

As tech comes to dominate an ever-expanding portion of our daily lives, Stanford’s role as an educator of the industry’s engineers and a financier of its startups grows increasingly important. The school may not be responsible for creating our digital world, but it trains the architects. And right now, students are weighing tough decisions about how they plan to make a living in a world that was clearly constructed the wrong way. “To me it seemed super empowering that a line of code that I wrote could be used by millions of people the next day,” says Matthew Sun, a junior majoring in computer science and public policy, who helped organize the Theranos event. “Now we’re realizing that’s maybe not always a good thing.”

A report last year by the Wall Street Journal looked at the issue of employee retention and recruitment in the wake of a torrid year for Facebook’s reputation. It found that while existing employees were mostly happy (partly, the piece speculated, thanks to a stock price that has remained strong), but that there were some signs getting new people on board was becoming more difficult:

Since the disclosures, more candidates for jobs in some units at Facebook have withdrawn from consideration than during any other period in memory, according to a person familiar with the company’s recruiting. Mr. Zuckerberg said in a recent company meeting that the Cambridge Analytica flap didn’t seem to be deterring job applicants broadly across the company, according to a person familiar with the matter.