The ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (The Code) outlines fundamental
ethical considerations to which all ACM members are expected to adhere.
The Code consists of principles for personal responsibility and guidelines for dealing with
many issues computing professionals are likely to face. The Code is intended to serve
as a basis for ethical decision making in the conduct of professional work, and includes
considerations for individuals in leadership roles.
The ACM Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) is updating
the ACM Code of Ethics and would like your input.
The current ACM Code of Ethics was adopted in 1992, and much has changed in the 25 years
since then. We are updating The Code to re;ect the shifts in both technology and society.
The 2018 Code is meant to be an update of The Code, not a wholesale revision. We are
particularly concerned about possible blind spots or anachronisms that may have resulted
from changes in technology or the profession since 1992.
You can help de;ne what it means to be a good computing
professional by contributing to the Code 2018 project.
We have completed three drafts of suggested updates to The Code, and we need your input
as we begin to work on the ;nal draft.
Get Involved! To review the drafts and to submit your comments,
Members are encouraged to take an online survey about the speci;c principles of the code:
Code 2018: Updating the ACM Code of Ethics