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Planning Smarter: Creating Blueprint-Quality Software Specifications by Tyson Gill

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8.2. Software and Ethics

Writers, filmmakers, and scientists have all been guilty of ignoring the long-term ethical implications of their respective crafts until it was too late. Does software programming have any ethical ramifications? Aren't we just practicing a neutral craft? We're not ministers, therapists, policemen, politicians, or lawyers who have to deal with ethical dilemmas. Certainly the writers of poorly researched news, the producers of violent films, and the atomic physicists all felt the same way at one time.

The software that we write has ramifications in the real world. If not, it wouldn't be very useful. It has the potential to sweep across the world faster than a deadly manmade virus and to affect society every bit as much ...

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