Computer, January 2009, pp. 74–80

Choosing the correct door out of many

Professional and Ethical Dilemmas in Software Engineering

by Brian Berenbach and Manfred Broy

Humans have been engineering things for hundreds of years, and for all that time they have faced essentially the same ethical challenges we have outlined elsewhere. So what makes software engineering significantly different? Software engineering is a discipline with which many people are unfamiliar and where issues and problems are harder to spot in advance. Therefore, people must trust software engineering experts even more than experts in other fields of engineering.

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This month's theme: PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

Computing professionals deal with ethical challenges daily, and their responses to these challenges have ramifications that go beyond personal responsibility. Read more

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