Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law. - Immanuel Kant

Professional IT Oath

Last update: 2020-06-19 06:04:19

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those technicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the user, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of over-treatment and technical nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to IT as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the new upgrade or additional memory.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues or vendors when the skills of another are needed for user assistance.
I will respect the privacy of my users, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of passwords, internet access, email, favorite devices, as well as life and death. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a software bug or a hardware failure, but instead an interrupted user whose downtime may affect the user’s company and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems if I am to care adequately for the user.
I will prevent downtime whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the IT users.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter? May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of servicing those who seek my help.

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