For a number of corporations in the financial, energy, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, good press is often hard to come by these days– especially when their operations draw the ire of highly vocal political, environmental and social activists. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists doesn’t exactly help a number of corporate causes. According to a recent post on Gawker media’s io9, the Union released a report that details the widespread corporate corruption of scientific research.
While the concept is familiar to many, the depth of corruption that actually takes place is largely unknown by many people. In a provocative panel discussion hosted by Wonderfest at Stanford University, five speakers probed the question of corporate corruption within academia and the scientific community, using examples from the tobacco, pharmaceutical and technology industries. When corporations fund science, is truth the ultimate goal, or is stockholder profit?