Ethics expert group
Adhering to professional ethical conduct is a defining aspect for any IT professional. CEPIS is committed to developing a more consistent approach to ethics in the ICT profession. Since 2016 the expert group dedicated to professional ethics brings together experts from all around Europe.
Experts from the CEPIS Ethics group are actively contributing to the European Commission’s project “Shaping the ethical dimensions of information technologies – a European perspective” (SHERPA).
The aim of the project is to analyse the impact of Smart Information Systems (SIS) – artificial intelligence and big data – on ethics and human rights issues. The project also guides the ongoing debate, develops recommendations, and advocates them to ensure that SIS promote the public good.
The CEPIS Ethics group has contributed to this work through critical review of the 5 scenarios being developed by the project, through participation in stakeholder board meetings and ongoing dialogue, and by cooperating with the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) within the scope of the project.
SHERPA is a 3,5 year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
IT Professionalism Framework
CEPIS has supported the European Commission in defining the Professional Ethics pillar of the European Framework for the ICT profession. CEPIS contributed to development of Guidelines on Statements of Professional Ethics in the “Development and Implementation of a European Framework for IT Professionalism” report.
The Framework is a reference model, intended to both systematise and synthesise the corpus of concepts developed and the lessons learned from the experiences in the IT domain. It aims to evolve dynamically with the surrounding eco-system.
Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct
Adhering to professional ethical conduct is paramount to the maturation of an ICT Profession. The Ethics group is working on creating a repository of Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, and Codes of Practice of CEPIS member societies in order to engage in a long-term assessment of commonalities in the overarching aim of driving professionalism in ICT.
The group is also working on developing European Ethical Guidelines, in order to complete the European Framework for the ICT profession with an overarching metamodel on ethical principles.
Click on the flag/logo of the Member Society below to read their Codes (in the original languages).