The aspiration of creating a universal code of ethics is laudable. Attempts to do so have been made repeatedly over the last 25 years, yet cultural diversity is a frequent reason against its success. There have been suggestions that professional ethics is one way of achieving the goal. Others have focused on common values across cultures, attempting to derive a universal set of values, which might comprise the essence of a universal code of ethics. In this paper professional ethics are seen as normative, yet subject to cultural diversity, and the place of values is seen as a promising way forward. A hybrid is proposed following the two-fold formula for codes of ethics, advocated by the International Federation of Information Processing. The international-localisation hybrid suggests that it is possible to achieve a common set of values, yet allow diversity through interpretations of acceptable professional behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventGlobal Conference on Computing Ethics (GCCE) - Malaysia, Malaysia
Duration: 04 Sept 201205 Sept 2012


ConferenceGlobal Conference on Computing Ethics (GCCE)


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