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The Public is the Priority: Making Decisions Using the Software Engineering Code of Ethics
June 2009 (vol. 42 no. 6)
pp. 66-73
Donald Gotterbarn, East Tennessee State University
Keith W. Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield
The Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice encourages software engineers to undertake positive actions and to resist pressures to act unethically.

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Index Terms:
Ethics, Codes of ethics, Safety, Software engineering, System issues
Citation:
Donald Gotterbarn, Keith W. Miller, "The Public is the Priority: Making Decisions Using the Software Engineering Code of Ethics," Computer, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 66-73, June 2009, doi:10.1109/MC.2009.204
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