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SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ETHICS 2 Software Engineering Ethics Introduction Computers play an integral role in government, business, education, healthcare, and the society. Software engineers contribute directly by analysing, specifying, designing, developing, certifying, maintaining, and testing software used to operate computers or systems utilised in the stated institutions. Their role in developing software that run systems implies that they can do good or cause harm, create an enabling environment for others to do good or cause harm, or compel others to do good or cause damage. To avoid such instances, software engineers commit to an ethical code of conduct that ensures the profession positively affects the lives of people. This essay will examine the British Computer Society (BCS) and Ian Sommerville’s position regarding the ethical conduct for software engineers. Software Engineering Ethics According to Ian Sommerville According to Sommerville, the ethical code of conduct governing software engineers is akin to other engineering professions. Developers should acknowledge that their responsibilities supersede the simple application of technical skills. Ethical and morally responsible behaviour is a necessity if one is earn respect as a professional software engineer. In addition, one should uphold honesty and integrity and not use their skills for dishonest endeavours that would bring notoriety to the software engineering profession. Sommerville highlights four areas, which are not enshrined in the rule of law, but developers should follow to ensure professional responsibility.
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SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ETHICS 3 A Software Engineers should Maintain Confidentiality A developer is expected to maintain the confidentiality of their employers or customers even when a confidential agreement is in place. Typically, software engineers may be privy to privileged or proprietary information because of the type of their work. While patents and copyrights may have legal protections, trade secrets, and organizational technical processes do not. Thus, if such information can negatively affect an organization if shared with a competitor. Software engineers should maintain confidentiality to prevent potential conflict of interests that could harm the entity. A Software Engineers should Avoid Projects Beyond their Competency Software engineers should not take up work that they understand supersedes or outside their level of competence. If a developer accepts projects they cannot handle, clients will be affected negatively because their deadlines will not be met and will receive low quality product.
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