Unmasking Your Software's Ethical Risks

TitleUnmasking Your Software's Ethical Risks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGotterbarn, D, Miller, KW
JournalSoftware, IEEE
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0740-7459
Keywordsethical , Human , professional , Projects , relevant , software , technical , unintended
AbstractThe author discusses the difficulty that sometimes exist for software engineers when trying to identify the morally salient features of a situation. Some issues are relatively easy to spot; for example, we shouldn't lie to clients, we shouldn't bribe inspectors, and we should respect people's privacy. But some ethical and social risks are harder to recognize, and so the authors make four suggestions for considering ethical constraints during that process: look for human values in technical decision; identifying who will be affected; examining how stakeholders' right and obligation will be affectedl; and reviewing relevant professional standards to help identify issues.
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