Developing a consistent approach to ethics is an essential part of building any profession. Cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including the European Commission, national bodies as well as with the private sector, is necessary to ensure that ethical standards are fully developed.
There is a general distinction between a ‘Code of Ethics’ and the ‘Code of Conduct’, the first being understood as a set of guidelines for the profession in general, whereas a Code of Conduct focuses more on enforced rules of conduct, which are binding for all practicing professionals.
The European Professional Ethics Framework for the ICT Profession is soon to be developed by experts commissioned by CEN TC 428. See below for more details:
|Project||European Professional Ethics Framework|
|Objective||The objective of the project is to provide a technical report incorporating an ethics meta-framework relevant to, and in support of, IT Professionals across Europe.|
|Team Experts||Stefan Kunkel – Juan Pablo Penarrubia – Carina Dantas – Clare Thornley – Bramjan Mulder – Dimosthenis Ioannidis|
|Project Duration||Start: December 2019|
End: August 2022
ITPE members are regularly updated on its progress, along with all other initiatives of this workgroup.
Resources related to Ethics:
- Thornley, C., Saabeel, W., McLoughlin, S., & Murnane, S. (2021). ‘Good to know’: An Exploration of the role and Influence of Professional Ethics in ICT Bodies of Knowledge (BoKs). Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, 19(2), pp150-164.
- Clare Thornley et al. (2018): The Role of Ethics in Developing Professionalism Within the Global ICT Community
- Capgemini, EY & IDC (2017): Development and Implementation of a European Framework for IT Professionalism – Guidelines on Statements of Professional Ethics (p.162)