Stack Overflow Survey Shows Developers Lack Clarity with Ethical Issues


In a new survey from Stack Overflow, a popular Q&A website on topics related to computer programming, the results show that developers lack clarity in dealing with ethical issues. The research was released as a part of their Annual Developers Survey, which provides insight into the latest trends among developers, and received input from over 100,000 respondents.

The results of the survey showed that 57.5% of developers felt that it was upper management that was responsible for the development of unethical code, defined as code that may have negative implications for the user. Indeed, only a fraction of developers said that they would write unethical code or that they have no obligation to consider the ethical implications of code, while 79.6% of survey respondents gave a positive answer when asked if developers must consider the ethical implications of their code.

However, while the majority developers agree that there should be established ethical practices, few agree on how to proceed. For instance, many developers reported that they are unsure as to how they would report ethical problems.

See the full results of the survey on the website of Stack Overflow.