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Code of Ethics.

Code of Ethics

To further emphasize our commitment to the ethical use of potentially harmful knowledge and technology in research and teaching, we work by a set of rules based on the code of ethics of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), opens an external URL in a new window:

We, the members of the Institute of Networks and Security (INS), in recognition of the importance of our knowledge and technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct and agree:

  1. to accept responsibility in making decisions consistent with the safety, health, and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment;

  2. to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;


  3. to be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data;

  4. to reject bribery in all its forms;

  5. to improve the understanding of technology; its appropriate application, and potential consequences;

  6. to maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;

  7. to seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of others;

  8. to treat fairly all persons and to not engage in acts of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression;

  9. to avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action;

  10. to assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them in following this code of ethics.

To avoid doubt in interpretation of these guidelines for particularly severe topics, there are some explicit boundaries we set for our work:

  • We do not support any offensive use of physical force or other forms of abusive power against people or societies.
  • We do not support any form of weapons development.
  • We do not collaborate with officials or governmental institutions of countries actively involved in warfare.
  • Collaboration with military forces is limited to their civil defense tasks such as natural emergency response or humanitarian aid missions.
  • We do not support unwarranted mass surveillance.
  • We do not support support illiberal governments limiting independent institutions.
  • We do not support politically driven negative action against minorities, but aim to improve the living conditions and freedom of all individuals.