Visible to the public Managing Emergent Ethical Concerns for Software Engineering in Society

TitleManaging Emergent Ethical Concerns for Software Engineering in Society
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRashid, A., Moore, K., May-Chahal, C., Chitchyan, R.
Conference Name2015 IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering
Date PublishedMay 2015
ISBN Number978-1-4799-1934-5
Keywordscitizen science, cyber crime, emergent ethical concern management, ethical aspects, Ethics, law enforcement, Media, pubcrawl170109, Societies, society projects, Software, software engineering, software in society, software management, Stakeholders

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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