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Managing emergent ethical concerns for software engineering in society

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Publication date16/06/2015
Host publicationSoftware Engineering (ICSE), 2015 IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on (Volume:2 )
PublisherIEEE
Pages523-526
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479919345
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventICSE 2015 - Firenze, Italy

Conference

ConferenceICSE 2015
CountryItaly
CityFirenze
Period16/05/1524/05/15

Conference

ConferenceICSE 2015
CountryItaly
CityFirenze
Period16/05/1524/05/15

Abstract

This paper presents an initial framework for managing emergent ethical concerns during software engineering in society projects. We argue that such emergent considerations can neither be framed as absolute rules about how to act in relation to fixed and measurable conditions. Nor can they be addressed by simply framing them as non-functional requirements to be satisficed. Instead, a continuous process is needed that accepts the 'messiness' of social life and social research, seeks to understand complexity (rather than seek clarity), demands collective (not just individual) responsibility and focuses on dialogue over solutions. The framework has been derived based on retrospective analysis of ethical considerations in four software engineering in society projects in three different domains.

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