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Professional Ethics

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Related Topics:
Medical Ethics
Trust and Persuasion

These links were collected by Chauncey Wilson for a panel discussion at CHI 2001 on Ethics in HCI chaired by Rolf Molich (with Chauncey Wilson, Carolyn Synder, Whitney Quesenbery, Brenda Laurel), and have been added to since then.

Go to top of pageCodes of Conduct

UPA Code of Professional Conduct (2005)

American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics Code (1992)
There is also an updated draft that was released for comment

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Australian Computer Society (ACS) Code of Ethics

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Graphic Artists Guild Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
This book, available for sale as an e-book, includes sample contracts and other information as well as pricing guidelines.

Compendium of Links on Human and Ethical Issues

Ethics, Lies, and Videotape… by Wendy E. Mackay, Rank Xerox, Cambridge, UK, 1995 (requires ACM Digital Library registration)

Usability Testing: Revisiting Informed Consent Procedures for Testing Internet Sites by O. K. Burmeister. 2000

World-Wide CHI: Future Ethics by John Karat and Clare-Marie Karat
This is a short article in the SIGCHI Bulletin for January 1997. The article discusses issues raised in the book: Ethics of Computing; Codes, Spaces for Discussion and Law, edited by Profs. Jacques Berleur and Klaus Brunnstein.

Ethical Issues of Medical Records on the Internet by M. L. Mick and S. E. Conners. 1997.

Online Experiments: Ethically Fair or Foul? by B. Azar. APA Monitor Volume 31(4), April 2000.

Ethical and Legal Issues of Human Subjects Research on the Internet A Report of an AAAS Program on Scientific Freedom Workshop. Washington, DC, 1999

Galilean Nemesis: Notes on Video Ethics in HCI by Bob Anderson, Rank Xerox Ltd, 1998.
This paper discusses the ethics of video collection from several theoretical perspectives. Anderson focuses on similarities and differences between informed consent and data usage in medical and psychology experiments. He notes that getting participants to agree to allow video data beforehand present an ethical issue since the person cannot know what the video will actually reveal beforehand.

The Ethics of Research into Invasive Technologies by Bob Anderson, Rank Xerox Ltd, 1991
Anderson discusses various ethical frames of reference (utilitarianism for example) are appropriate for condoning research practices with invasive computer technologies.

Go to top of pageBooks and Hardcopy Articles

Berleur, J. and Brunnstein, K. (Eds.) Ethics of Computing; Codes, Spaces for Discussion and Law. Chapman & Hall, 1997.
This book was discussed in the November 1997 SIGCHI Bulletin. The book compares 30 different codes of ethics.

Bowyer, K. W. Ethics and Computing Living Responsibly in a Computerized World (Second Edition). IEEE Press: Piscataway, NJ, 2001.

Johnson, D. G. and H. Nissenbaum. Computers, Ethics, and Social Values. Prentice-Hall: 1995.

Raskin, J. Wanted for Crimes Against the Interface: Thoughts on an HCI Poster. Interactions. November/December, 1996. ACM: p. 70-76.
Raskin makes a point at the end of the article that we, UI designers are often forced to capitulate on what is the best design, sometimes for fear of losing our job or irritating those that manage design. Raskin asks if there is some ethical code that "…supports us in refusing to do what we know is wrong without fearing for our jobs?"

Schrier, J. R. Reducing Stress Associated with Participating in a Usability Test. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting. 1992, v.2, p.1210-1214.

Cohen, R. The Ethicist. A Column in The New York Times Sunday Magazine. (requires registration).

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