Dr.  Donald Gotterbarn Digital Library

Based in Johnson City, TN, United States
Donald Gotterbarn


Don worked as a computer consultant on software systems for the U.S. Navy and for the Saudi Arabian Navy. He has also worked on the certification of software for vote counting machines and missile defense systems.

Don is the director of the Software Engineering Ethics Research Institute at East Tennessee State University. He also holds academic appointments in software engineering and ethics at universities in England and New Zealand.

He has published over 100 articles, contributed to more than a dozen books and written several encyclopedia articles. He chaired the committee that wrote the Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. His technical work includes funded research on performance prediction, object-oriented testing, and software engineering education and computer ethics.

Active in Professional Computer ethics for over 20 years, he was awarded both the Computers and Society” Making a Difference” award and the ACM “Outstanding Contribution” award for his work in promoting professionalism in the teaching and practice of software development. He chairs the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics.

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  • Computer Ethics and Technology
    This talk focuses on computer ethics as it relates to the day to day activities of practicing computer professionals. The emphasis is on real world moral and legal issues for the practicing...
  • Software Development: More Than Just Programming
    We are often surprised by the number of non-programming related issues that affect the professional’s efforts to develop quality software and web interfaces. Development efforts are...
  • Unmanaged Risk: Why Systems Don't Work
    The focus on software testing and risk analysis during software development has only had a limited effect in reducing software failures. This talk will present a new approach to the identification...

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