Knowing the code of ethics understanding its implications and reflecting on the

Knowing the code of ethics understanding its

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Knowing the code of ethics, understanding its implications, and reflecting on the reasons behind it, will help develop ethical sensibility. It’s only a start, but if you take the code as something other than a set of arbitrary rules, and see that there are deeper ethical issues at stake, you will become an ethical practitioner. Many activities are identified as professional simply because they are done for money. Making money is not the defining feature of a profession. Neither is the fact that the practitioner is highly skilled, though I F A N E N G I N E E R T A K E S T H E C O D E O F E T H I C S S E R I O U S L Y , H E O R S H E W I L L L E A R N T O P R A C T I C E W I T H E T H I C A L S E N S I B I L I T Y . T H A T I S , T H E A B I L I T Y T O R E C O G N I Z E S I T U A T I O N S W H E R E E T H I C A L C O N S I D E R A T I O N S N E E D T O B E T A K E N I N T O A C C O U N T W H E N M A K I N G A D E C I S I O N .
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26 the possession of specific skills and knowledge is important. A true profession is identified by their practitioner’s commitment to both competence - that is, the appropriate use of skills and knowledge - and ethical behaviour. Both of these are crucially important because the exercise of both is needed to generate and maintain trust. Trust is the hallmark of a profession. A professional is someone who is trusted by other members of society to provide services in regard to some endeavour that produces risk for others. Professionalism - that is, acting like a true professional - means recognizing your responsibility to be, and remain, trustworthy. S A R A H S H A R P , L I N U X G R A P H I C S D E V E L O P E R , O P E N S O U R C E T E C H N O L O G Y C E N T E R , I N T E L G L O B A L ( O P E N S O U R C E ) C O M M U N I T I E S “What does professionalism in open source software development mean to you?” For me, personally, professionalism in open source means that I respect all developers no matter what their differences in age, gender, sexual orientation or culture might be from mine. I really try to develop my compassion and empathy for people who have lived experiences outside of my own, so that I understand when I deal with them professionally what sort of things are going through their mind. I consider what possible cultural communication differences we might have, and really develop my empathy towards them. Open source developers in the same community often work with people across the world. We’re sitting there, we’re emailing back and forth, and we’re interacting in chat rooms, but it’s very much interacting through a computer. Sometimes, when you’re interacting through a computer, you might have the inclination or the tendency to be a little bit more casual. For example, you might make jokes or maybe go into the realm of having some slightly disrespectful communication because you have this anonymous medium where you’re not face-to-face. It’s really important that when you have written communication with someone that you are just as © University of Waterloo and others
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