Author: Jim Language: text
Description: Moral responsibility of developers Timestamp: 2014-09-08 18:05:33 +0000
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  1. Hey Chris & Michael,
  3. Regarding whether developers are morally responsible for the lack of security features in a service is putting the responsibility on the wrong party I think. The business that pays those developers and provides these services in the marketplace is responsible for what features they provide IMHO. And frankly, the market *should* take care of it at least if people were more informed about computer security.
  5. Of course if the developer is paid to implement the security features requested by his client or employer and fails to properly implement said security features, then certainly the developer is responsible. But I imagine that if either an employee or a contractor (if the contractor billed for it) started adding unrequested features because he felt "morally obligated" to do so he would at least get a stern talking-to regarding budgets and possibly even fired.
  7. It just occurred to me, what moral responsibility does writing gratis software and open sourcing it have? It seems counter-intuitive to me that doing something for free might imply more moral responsibility than getting paid for it, but I wonder if it does?
  9. Jim
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