In my blogpost from last week I said that if software developers had a Hippocratic Oath most (tech) companies would be out of business. I said that jokingly but when I read this Guardian article: 'Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech?' I was wondering if it holds some value, and what you lot think about this.
From the article:
Martin Manning, a former Silicon Valley labour organiser who served as assistant secretary of labour for Bill Clinton, believes unionising engineers is impossible. “It isn’t to say a group of engineers with concerns about privacy, AI, anything, shouldn’t be getting together and sharing those concerns,” he told me. “But they should think about a professional organisation.” Manning believes that engineers should establish codes of conduct, like doctors or librarians. (There was one such organisation in the 1980s, called Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.)
Some questions to get you started:
- What would be in the 'developers Hippocatic Oath'?
- Do you think something a 'developers Hippocatic Oath' could actually change something?
- Would a 'developers Hippocatic Oath' be viable and why / why not?