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ACM Affirms Obligation of Computing Professionals to Use Skills for Benefit of Society


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ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has updated its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Credit: Association for Computing Machinery

ACM has completed a two-year process to update its Code of Ethics and 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. For example, the updated code 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."

Donald Gotterbarn, co-chair of ACM's Committee on Professional Ethics, says the organization "outlined overarching principles, explanations, and guidelines to steer decision-making based on the understanding that the public good is always the primary consideration."

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