Manifesto for Responsible Software Development
In order to foster a free and fair society I affirm that I will practice my profession with responsibility and with dignity. I will abide by the following principles:
The impact of software is growing continuously in all areas of our lives. I acknowledge the consequences to humanity and the environment that evolve from our work.
It is increasingly possible to violate personal and human rights with the use of software as the boundaries between real and digital world become blurred.
I know that I can't control software once it is released so I have a responsibility to consider the potential for my software to violate people’s rights before I start to implement it. I will reject projects which facilitate this abuse.
The possible negative consequences of the improper use of complex software are inconceivable to most users. Therefore it is our responsibility as software developers to communicate the boundaries of proper use clearly.
When I realize that a software that I released is not applicable anymore, my minimum responsibility is to let potential and existing users know.
My applications are likely to collect personal information. I will safeguard this, and use it only as the provider of the information intended. I will treat their data as if it were my own.
The increasing number of devices that contain software has a strong impact on the global use of resources and energy.
I sign the Manifesto for Responsible Software Development
I am ethically responsible for my decisions and I will act according to my conscience.
I will not develop software that is intended to violate human rights and civil liberties.
I will be worthy of the faith in me as an expert of my profession.
I will collect only the data that is essential for my task. I will store it only as long as needed.
I will do my very best to prevent the waste of energy and resources.
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor.
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