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ICS131 – Ethics
1. PUBLIC - Software engineers shall act consistently with the public
2. CLIENT AND EMPLOYER - Software engineers shall act in a manner
that is in the best interests of their client and employer, consistent with
the public interest.
3. PRODUCT - Software engineers shall ensure that their products and
related modifications meet the highest professional standards possible.
4. JUDGMENT - Software engineers shall maintain integrity and
independence in their professional judgment.
5. MANAGEMENT - Software engineering managers and leaders shall
subscribe to and promote an ethical approach to the management of
software development and maintenance.
6. PROFESSION - Software engineers shall advance the integrity and
reputation of the profession consistent with the public interest.
7. COLLEAGUES - Software engineers shall be fair to and supportive of
their colleagues.
8. SELF - Software engineers shall participate in lifelong learning
regarding the practice of their profession and shall promote an ethical
approach to the practice of the profession.
Computer Ethics Institute
Brookings Institution
Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
Thou shalt not interfere with other people's computer work.
Thou shalt not snoop around in other people's computer files.
Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
Thou shalt not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not
7. Thou shalt not use other people's computer resources without
authorization or proper compensation.
8. Thou shalt not appropriate other people's intellectual output.
9. Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you are
writing or the system you are designing.
10. Thou shalt always use a computer in ways that insure consideration
and respect for your fellow humans.
AOL Interactive Page
• What are "Internet Ethics" and why are they important?
(Paul Hyland, Senior Web Developer, Exit1 Inc.)
– Internet ethics seeks to come up with a code of conduct and
disclosure obligation for those who communicate on the Internet.
The primary aim of this code will be to reduce to a minimum
dashed exceptions for those who use this medium. Because of
the exponential expansion of the Internet as a global medium for
social interaction, commerce and marketplace of ideas, what is
at stake here is no less than the harmony of the human race
itself. (Dr. Aaron Levine, Samson and Helin Bitensky Professor
of Economics, Yeshiva University)
AOL Interactive Page
• Should the same moral standards apply to the
internet as apply to other forms of
communication, or should we develop (evolve)
new norms for this new world? (Dr. Chris
MacDonald, Post-Doctoral Fellow Department of
Bioethics, Dalhousie University)
– Our moral standards must be the same. Standards of
etiquette, however, are rightly different. (Dr. Kenneth
D. Pimple, Research Associate Indiana UniversityBloomington; Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics
and American Institutions)
AOL Interactive Page
• Is it ethical to set a visible page counter to
a high number and thus give the
impression that the site receives lots of
– No. That would be a lie. Lying is always
unethical. (Dr. Kenneth D. Pimple, Research
Associate Indiana University-Bloomington;
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and
American Institutions).