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ACM's Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

Written by Oreoluwa Alebiosu on March 5, 2014.

'Codes of Professional Ethics' are very important for varying professions so as to prevent ethical dilemmas and make sure they are accountable for any misconduct. As a professional, one would prefer to know detailed codes so as to have greater guidance. If the codes a specific, it would guide the professionals well with regards to their jobs. The 'Codes of Professional Ethics' can improve business relationships, as all parties understand what is ethical right or wrong. In addition, they may prevent inappropriate attitudes or behavior in professional settings.

A professional organization may suspend or expel a member from membership if they do not follow the 'Codes of Professional Ethics'. In addition, to make sure the 'Codes of Professional Ethics' is fully understood, a professional organization may require an exam that covers their conducts and all professionals must pass the exam to gain membership to the organization. An organization may have a disciplinary committee that objectively assesses each member's misconduct in order to promote fairness and make sure the codes are enforced. More >>

5 Technologies that has Changed My Self Concept

Written by Oreoluwa Alebiosu on March 19, 2014.

Email: As a result of technological advancement in the last 30-40 years I have seen myself become addicted to several online behaviors. When Brinkman explained virtual and online addiction, he described it as certain online behaviors like gambling, video games, internet surfing, sex, extreme sports and so on. Although he did not explicitly mention emails, they are, however, implied by his examples. I see myself as been addicted to checking my email at least twice every hour when I am awake. Although other technologies have facilitated this behavior such as the multimedia apps on my cell phone making access to my emails fairly quick. In addition, I tend to prefer to send emails to my professional colleagues instead of calling and talking to them on a phone.

How I Learn: I tend to depend on online search results for topics I would like to know more about. These search results may be customized for myself by search engine companies. People have described this as living in an online bubble, as Eli Pariser mentioned in a TED talk that we should beware of online 'filter bubbles'. He explained that 'web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.' (Pariser) More >>