Since we are the members of the global research community and
are directly or indirectly responsible for improvisation in
technology thus affecting the quality of life throughout the
world, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession,
we researchers do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical
and professional conduct and agree:
To accept responsibility in making research
related decisions consistent with the safety, health and
welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that
might endanger the public or the environment.
To be Honest and Fair.
To strive for technical excellence in the
IT profession by maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge
and skills. We acknowledge that there are many free resources
available on the Internet and affordable books and that the
lack of our employer's training budget is not an excuse nor
limits our ability to stay current in IT.
Not to steal property, time or resources.
To reject bribery or kickbacks and will
report such illegal activity.
To report on the illegal activities of
ourself and others without respect to the punishments
involved. Not to tolerate those who lie, steal, or cheat as a
means of success in IT.
To avoid real or perceived conflicts of
interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected
parties when they do exist;
When possible to demonstrate our
performance capability with our skills via projects,
leadership, and/or accredited educational programs and will
encourage others to do so as well.
To be honest in stating claims or estimates
based on available data.
Not to hesitate to seek assistance or
guidance when faced with a task beyond our abilities or
To embrace other professionals' advice and
learn from their experiences and mistakes.
To treat this as an opportunity to learn
new techniques and approaches. When the situation arises that
our assistance is called upon
To respond willingly to share our knowledge
To reject bribery and professional
misconduct in all its forms.
To strive to convey any knowledge
(specialist or otherwise) that we have gained to others so
everyone gains the benefit of each other's knowledge.
To improve the understanding of technology,
its appropriate application, and potential consequences.
To teach the willing and empower others
with Industry Best Practices (IBP).
To strive to be perceived as and be an
honest and trustworthy employee.
To seek, accept, and offer honest criticism
of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to
credit properly the contributions of others.
Not to advance private interests at the
expense of end users, colleagues, or our employer.
To treat fairly all persons regardless of
such factors as race, religion, gender, disability, age, or
Not to abuse our power and to use our
technical knowledge, user rights, and permissions only to
fulfill our responsibilities to our employer.
To avoid injuring others, their property,
reputation, or employment by false or malicious action;
Admit mistakes and correct them promptly
To avoid and be alert to any circumstances
or actions that might lead to conflicts of interest or the
perception of conflicts of interest. If such circumstance
occurs, to notify the research community.
Not to injure others, their property,
reputation, or employment by false or malicious action.
Not to use availability and access to
information for personal gains through corporate espionage.
To distinguish between advocacy and Science
and not to present analysis and opinion as fact.
To feel obligated to report all system
vulnerabilities that might result in significant damage.
To respect intellectual property and will
be careful to give credit for other's work.
Never to steal or misuse copyrighted,
patented material, trade secrets or any other intangible
To assist colleagues and co-workers in
their professional development and to support them in
following this code of ethics.