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Session Details2019-01-07T06:21:08+00:00

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should!

Presented by: Angel Thomas
Time: Thursday, Jan. 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

With all the advances of technology, sometimes our abilities to access data far exceeds guidelines that have been set for what we should or should not do as we develop applications. Where do the boundaries of what we can do cross the line of what we should do? What responsibility do we have towards the users of the applications that we create? Quite often the average user of web and mobile applications do not understand privacy policies, have no idea why the application needs certain information (sometimes it doesn't!), and are afraid to not give permissions because the app might not work. They also often have no idea how dangerous it can be to have all their information out there. Some professions have a governing agency to enforce compliance to an ethical standard, but there is no governing agency over software developers. Does this mean we have no responsibility to be ethical in the software that we create or do we need to hold ourselves to some standard? And what would that standard be? With new innovation such as drones and autonomous vehicles, it seems more important than ever to consider ethics in software development. This talk would not provide definitive solid answers to these questions because there is so much gray area in ethics, but it is more to get people thinking about what responsibilities we have as developers to the users of the software that we create.

Room: MangroveTags: Other, Soft Skills/BusinessLevel: Introductory and overview