The Code Of Ethics And Ethics

2480 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 10 Pages
Professionals are people who use a specialized set of skills in order to serve society. Because of these skills, professionals are often held to higher standards than ordinary workers. A code of ethics helps professionals determine how they should act both personally and in their workplaces in relation to their professions. With the current surge in technological advances, it is extremely important for those who work with computers to adhere to a specific code of ethics. The Association for Computer Machinery’s (ACM) current code of ethics was adopted in 1992. Computer professionals can look to the code of ethics when in doubt about making a decision related to the computing profession. Professionally, the ACM ethics code has many provisions that guide its members. Section 2.1 of the code requires that its members “strive to achieve the highest quality, effectiveness, and dignity in both the process and products of professional work.” Excellence is the most important obligation of a professional – without excellence in one’s skills, he or she should not be considered a professional. A client’s expectation is that the work of a professional will always be top-notch. If a software engineer were to hurry through a project and deliver a faulty program to market, he is tarnishing both his and the ACM’s reputation. Section 2.2 of the code requires computing professionals to “acquire and maintain professional competence.” Generally, a professional will undergo some…

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