Report: Writing a Code of Ethics by E-Mail: My Adventures with Some Software Engineers

TitleReport: Writing a Code of Ethics by E-Mail: My Adventures with Some Software Engineers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsDavis, M.
Secondary TitleScience Communication
Abstract

The Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Association of Computing Machinery set up a joint committee (Software Engineering Ethics and Professional Practices [SEEPP]) to write a code of ethics for software engineers. Work was to be “primarily” by e-mail. SEEPP has now completed its work. Acting as participant observers, we concluded the following: (1) e-mail, while perhaps saving travel, did not (as hoped) speed the process of code writing; (2) e-mail exchanges resembled those of conventional mail rather than those via the phone; (3) e-mail was not as reliable as phone, fax, or conventional mail (a surprising number of messages went astray); (4) e-mail did not encourage communication among strangers, overcome apathy, or cure the effects of overcommitment; and (5) e-mail was no substitute for face-to-face meetings (indeed, it seemed to require some such meetings to work well).

URLhttp://scx.sagepub.com/content/21/4/392.abstract