Computing professionals’, and in particular AIS members’ actions change the world. To act responsibly, they should reflect upon the wider impacts of their work, consistently supporting the public good. The Code is designed to inspire and guide the ethical conduct of all AIS members, including current and aspiring researchers, practitioners, instructors, students, influencers, and anyone who uses computing technology in an impactful way. Additionally, the Code serves as a basis for remediation when violations occur. The Code includes principles formulated as statements of responsibility, based on the understanding that the public good is always the primary consideration. Each principle is supplemented by guidelines, which provide explanations to assist AIS members in understanding and applying the principle.
Members of AIS must adhere to the AIS Code of Research Conduct in their work. The AIS Code of Research Conduct expresses the standards expected of persons qualified to be members, in relation to research and publication.
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Section 1 outlines fundamental ethical principles that form the basis for the remainder of the Code. Section 2 addresses additional, more specific considerations of professional responsibility. Section 3 guides individuals who have a leadership role, whether in the workplace or in a volunteer professional capacity. Commitment to ethical conduct is required of every AIS member, and principles involving compliance with the Code are given in Section 4.
This code is adapted from the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (“the Code”) that expresses the conscience of the profession.