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SIGCAS Making A Difference Award 2005

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2005 SIGCAS Making A Difference Award
SIMON ROGERSON, De Montfort University

The SIGCAS Making a Difference Award is given annually to an individual nationally recognized for work related to the interaction of computers and society. The recipient is a leader in promoting awareness of ethical and social issues in computing. The recipients of this award and the award itself encourage responsible action by computer professionals.

Professor Simon Rogerson (right in above photo) was Europe's first Professor in Computer Ethics, and is currently Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) in De Montfort University, in the UK. The CCSR web site is a leading portal dedicated to the social and ethical implications of information and communication technologies. It holds over 1500 pages of resources, and annually receives over 4 million external visits.

In 1995, Professor Rogerson conceived the ETHICOMP conference series, and he currently serves as one of the conference series' two directors, as well as an editor of the ETHICOMP journal. The ETHICOMP series has resulted in eight international computer ethics to date, with venues in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Greece. Professor Rogerson's SIGCAS award was presented by Dr. Keith Miller at the 2005 ETHICOMP in Linkoping, Sweden. Professor Rogerson was also instrumental in launching the peer-review Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society (ICES), which is now affiliated with the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT).

Professor Rogerson was one of three members of the executive committee at the center of the development of the Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, a code adopted by both the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society. As a member of the Ethics Panel of Experts of the British Computer Society, he led the effort to revise their code of ethics. He was also instrumental in updating the Code of Ethics of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems. He publishes extensively in books and journals, consulting widely with governments and corporations, and maintains active participation in many professional organizations. A fruitful collaboration with Donald Gotterbarn has produced not only publications, but also a software tool called SoDIS that helps computing professionals to more carefully consider the detailed societal implications of software development projects.

In the UK and the US, in the European Union and in Russia, in New Zealand and Australia, Simon Rogerson has advanced the cause of computing and social responsibility. On several continents, scholars, students, computing professionals, government officials, and the public think differently about their world and their work because of Simon Rogerson. Clearly, Professor Rogerson has made and continues to make a world-wide difference in how people view the complex interactions of computers and society. This award recognizes these past accomplishments, and anticipates more accomplishments in his future.

SIGCAS is not the only organization that has recognized Professor Rogerson's importance to computer ethics. He was named a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2004, declared one of the world's top computer ethics experts at the World Technology Awards in 2003, and received the 1999 IFIP Namur Award for his work on the social implications of information technology.

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