Professional Conduct to address advances in computing technology and the growing pervasiveness of computing in all aspects of society since the code was last updated in 1992. ACM’s Code of Ethics is considered the standard for the computing profession, and the organization expects all members to abide by the code. The code is a collection of principles and guidelines designed to help computing professionals make ethically responsible decisions in professional practice.
The ACM Code of Ethics is a collection of principles and guidelines designed to help computing professionals make ethically responsible decisions in professional practice. It translates broad ethical principles into concrete statements about professional conduct. This update of the ACM Code of Ethics expresses the experiences, values, and aspirations of computing professionals around the world, and it captures the conscience of the profession. It affirms an obligation of computing professionals, both individually and collectively, to use their skills for the benefit of society.
Reflecting the prevalence of computing technology in our lives today, ACM’s updated Code of Ethics adds new responsibilities for computing professionals in leadership roles to “recognize and take special care of systems that become integrated into the infrastructure of society” (Principle 3.7). Computing systems and society evolve in unexpected ways. The original intent of the system may become obscured as users adopt the system. The updated Code of Ethics calls on computing professionals to pay close attention to these changes in order to both recognize new ethical responsibilities and to ensure that appropriate care is taken to protect those impacted by their systems.
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