Using the Code

The ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (The Code) is meant to be a useful code, a document that can inform practice and education. It is useful as the conscience of the profession, but also for individual decision-making. The following resources may be of use in learning to apply The Code to your own situation.

  • Ronald E. Anderson, Deborah G. Johnson, Donald Gotterbarn, and Judith Perrolle. 1993. Using the new ACM code of ethics in decision making. Commun. ACM 36, 2 (February 1993), 98-107. DOI: 10.1145/151220.151231 — Using case studies, the authors demonstrate how to apply the code in professional situations.
  • C. Dianne Martin, Chuck Huff, Donald Gotterbarn, and Keith Miller. 1996. Implementing a tenth strand in the CS curriculum. Commun. ACM 39, 12 (December 1996), 75-84. DOI: 10.1145/240483.240499 — The authors describe the specific skills and learning outcomes that could be implemented in a computing curriculum.

Uses of The Code in the News

While many computing professionals have never heard of The Code, it often plays a role in court proceedings. Some particularly interesting examples:

Know of some other cases where The Code has been used? Let us know via the Contact page.