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“What is ethics doing in a course for software engineers? Like medical, legal and business ethics, engineering ethics is a well-developed area of professional ethics in the modern West. The first codes of engineering ethics were formally adopted by American engineering societies in 1912-1914. In 1946 the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) adopted their first formal Canons of Ethics. In 2000 ABET, the organization that accredits university programs and degrees in engineering, began to formally require the study of engineering ethics in all accredited programs: "Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.”
Professional engineers today, then, are expected to both learn about and live up to ethical standards as a condition of their membership in the profession.”

Software Engineering Ethics

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