Wouh, what a year in so many dimensions! And one year where computing made big steps forward, in speed (quantum computing) ubiquity (cloud everywhere) and revamped AI (aka cognitive). Seeing these developments in the rising digital age – or are we already in the mid of it? – the topic around ethics in computing or IT is one of the most challenging to my perception. There are the more soft ones as the European GPDR or tougher ones like the developments around autonomous weapons (e.g. a “visionary” example here at https://autonomousweapons.org/ . So for me the question rises about how to build codes of conduct and what is the the value of creating a global code defining ethical standards and how to keep up ethics (or moral philosophy) in the digital age alive? All of us in IT related jobs dealing with these challenges on a daily base need to reflect on this. Simon Rogerson posted an interesting article on Linkedin. One area he covered is that ICT (information and communication technology) development which is a global activity about which IDC periodically produces surveys about. The IDC survey of 2014 found that there were, worldwide, 11.005.000 professional software developers and 7.500.000 additional hobbyists of which a large proportion were students. Comparing this to one of the largest societies in computing ACM which has 94.000 members [65.000 professional members and 29.000 student members] and even having an established special interest group (SIG) around computing and socienty (ACM-SIGCAS) – which I enjoy very much being part of it – influence is yet limited. What I do like what ACM-SIGCAS is disseminating, is the “The Pledge of the Computer Professional” which is intended to promote and recognize the ethical and moral behavior of graduates of computing-related degree programs. Being with the learning profession since a while I found that there is a lot of education around business ethic and compliance – mostly financial yet not much around policy related to ethics in the digital age. Isn’t there more need of companies that are active in this domain or is it to be left to politics to pick this up? What else need to be done`? Would be very interested in the view my network has on this topic. Comments highly appreciated and welcome! 🙂 Merry Christmas to whom who observe and a peaceful wonderful year 2018 for all!