The role of ethics in developing professionalism within the global ict community

C.V. Thornley, S. Murnane, S. McLoughlin, M. Carcary, E. Doherty, L. Veling

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This article investigates the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a global profession with a specific focus on the role of ethics. It addresses three main issues: to what extent ethics contribute to the development of the professional identity of ICT practitioners; what practices and policies can promote the development of ICT ethics; how these practices and policies can usefully be coordinated internationally. Within the European policy framework, professional ethics is seen as one of the four pillars of ICT professionalism, along with: competences; bodies of knowledge; education and training. A diverse range of international stakeholders were consulted on how to develop and implement ethical frameworks in culturally and economically diverse regions. Findings include the need to: be sensitive to the cultural and economic factors of different regions; integrate work on ethics with other aspects of professionalism; promote multiple types of engagement with professional ethics.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2018


  • Codes of Ethics,
  • E-Skills
  • Ethics
  • European Union
  • ICT Professionalism
  • Information Ethics
  • Internationalisation
  • Policy Development
  • Professional Education

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