The New Reality: Being a Responsible Computing Professional requires more than technical solutions/skills

The New Reality: Being a Responsible Computing Professional requires more than technical solutions/skills – Milan, December 2016 from Claudio Tancini

A Call to Action

The New Reality: Being a Responsible Computing Professional requires more than technical solutions/skills

There have been two significant, interconnected, and broad kinds of changes in computing: 1) amazing changes in computing technology, and 2) important changes in how deeply that technology is integrated into social structures and into people’s daily lives. The technical changes are substantial. Computers impact all areas of our lives and many life preserving functions are relegated to a piece of computer guided machinery. The number of people impacted and the intensity of that impact, have been astonishing.

Social and technical changes connected to computing are interdependent, and they are changing the way computing must be accomplished. In order to ensure that computing contributes to the public good, computing professionals must go beyond mere technical solutions and develop a better understanding of how computing technologies and artifacts impact the social infrastructure.

The computing profession needs to address the problem where moral computing practitioners, knowing technical best practices, still produce great harm with the systems they develop; we need to 1) help identify and avoid reasoning traps that lead to decisions with negative impacts and 2) we need to develop and provide decision support tools that will enable useful direction to pursue to address a system’s potential social and ethical risks.

The computing profession needs to address these two problems and establish a broader model of computing professionalism. Too frequently, the computing professional is surprised by the negative consequences of their systems.

Only with these additional skills, beyond technology, will we be able to advance the profession and make a positive impact on society. Developing and requiring these skill is the responsibility of the computing profession.

 

 

Don Gotterbarn


Don Gotterbarn e’ stato Guest Speaker al convegno:

Etica e Responsabilita’ Sociale dell’Informatica 

 

Don Gotterbarn website: http://csciwww.etsu.edu/gotterbarn/


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