I was working on our “About Us” web page when I started to think about how we could describe our ethics. It’s tougher than you might think. Not that one doesn’t understand ethics, that’s not what I mean. I mean it’s difficult putting them all together in an organized manner that makes sense and is easy to read.
I remembered hearing of the Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics. I searched and found the Computer Ethics Institute and there before me I found the most perfect description which I am sharing here.
The commandments started way back in 1987, originally sprouting from the Internet Advisory Board’s memo on ethics. Ramon C. Barquin decided to create “a set of standards to guide and instruct people in the ethical use of computers.” These he wrote in his paper titled “In Pursuit of a ‘Ten Commandments’ for Computer Ethics”. These, of course, are modeled on the Ten Commandments of the Bible.
I’ve seen others with additional commandments but these sum it up very well. I have to ask myself, “How could they know how perfectly these would apply in 2020?” Satisfying.