Ethics SIN


CEPIS Professional Ethics Special Interest Network

Adhering to professional ethical conduct is a defining aspect of any profession. CEPIS is committed to developing a more consistent approach to ethics in the ICT profession. At the 56 CEPIS Council meeting, held on 7 May 2016 in Athens, CEPIS established a new Special Interest Network (SIN) dedicated to professional ethics.

CEPIS, together with Capgemini and the European Commission, organised a workshop on the subject in September 2016. This workshop is a part of a project to develop a European Framework for the ICT profession. This initiative was launched by the European Commission in September 2015. It plans to update the key indicators and monitor the progress of the ICT profession in Europe. It also aims to initiate the implementation of the four foundational building blocks in at least three countries, and will gather leading European experts to create a sustainable pan-European network for the future.

CEPIS has previously organised two conferences devoted to professional ethics, in Brussels in 2014 and in The Hague in 2015, to discuss how ICT practitioners should address ethical considerations related to their profession.

CEPIS has also created an Ethics Repository which serves as a reference point to enable a long-term assessment of commonalities among Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, and Codes of Practice.

In addition, CEPIS curates a collection of articles that explore ethical issues in ICT from different angles. The objective is to raise awareness on the ethical questions raised by recent developments in ICT, ranging from social media to self-driving cars.

The CEPIS SIN dedicated to ethics is open and those who wish to participate should contact the CEPIS Secretariat. The SIN will work on developing European Ethical Guidelines, to complete the European Framework for the ICT profession with an overarching metamodel on ethical principles.

SIN Chair: Declan Brady, Ireland (ICS)

To join the Ethics SIN, please contact the CEPIS Secretariat.