Diane Whitehouse, Chair IFIP WG9.2 and Penny Duquenoy, Chair IFIP SIG9.2.2
On Friday 14 June, 2013, IFIP’s special interest group on the framework of ethics of computing and its working group 9.2 on social accountability and computing met in a joint meeting. The venue was the University of Southern Denmark in Kolding, Denmark as a follow-up to the well-known ETHICOMP (2013) conference. Nine attendees and guests from Europe and North America discussed pressing issues. A further joint meeting is to be held in London, England in October 2013 in conjunction with the BCS ICT Ethics Specialist Group.
A welcome guest at the session was Professor Don Gotterbarn of East Tennessee University, USA, Chair of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) and ACM representative to IFIP TC9. Don spoke on “Professional Responsibility and Ethical Reframing: Why good people do wrong and what to do about it.” His basic message was: “We train computer practitioners to dividecomplex problems in order to solve them. Yet it is human nature to focus only on these narrow frames. As a result, practitioners either miss or overlook broader ethical issues. Ethics education is required to help people focus on a broader framework and address the socio-technical issues of their work. ICT ethics education is really not optional.”
This talk acted as a fundamental step for considering the content of IFIP TC9’s next international Human Choice and Computers (HCC) 11 (HCC11) which will be held in Turku, Finland from 30 July-1 August, 2014. The conference’s content was further considered in an IFIP TC9 meeting held on the following day.
IFIP WG9.2 and SIG9.2.2 members and friends meet over supper in Kolding, Denmark