Updating of the IEEE Ethics History Repository, IEHR Part 2-INTRODUCTION


UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2020

A. INTRODUCTION

This update highlights IEEE’S historical practice that for over the past 22 years its EMCC has denied providing ethics advice and ethical support to its members. If it was legal doing so, then what changes are needed to restore both services, as they were provided during the MCC’S first 20 years, as was demonstrated in the Virginia Edgerton case in 1978 and the Salvador Castro case in the mid '90's? Further, what changes or improvements can be considered for improving the services the Ethics and Member Conduct Committee, EMCC, was created to its members? These will be explored to find both their historical record and opportunities to make improvements into the future.

The first material to be presented are the collection of policy items comprising the top-down collection of statements which collectively govern how IEEE administers its Member Discipline, Ethics Advice and Ethical Support services to the members. It is from one or more of these materials where IEEE gets its authority in these matters.

For IEHR Part 1, visit the IEEE Ethics History Repository (IEHR) page spanning from the 1880's til the mid 1990's

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First-Hand: What I Learned Updating Part 2 of the IEEE ETHICS HISTORY REPOSITORY, IEHR. This contains the Editorial Audios moved from this Part 2, to a more appropriate place, its own First-Hand web page.

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HEADLINES OF THE UPDATED IEEE ETHICS HISTORY REPOSITORY PART 2

The headline item stresses that a contract agreement is created when members join or re-join, agree to abide by the IEEE CODE OF ETHICS, and in return under Canon 10, the IEEE agrees to support members to practice ethically.

The update stresses cases handled secretly over the past 42 years and highlights the BARUS awards issued by the SSIT to individuals for “Outstanding Service in the Public Interest”, supporting IEEE’s Tag Line, ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY FOR HUMANITY.

Important Topics Addressed:

a.    IEEE contractually required to support members ethically

b.   Restrictions in EMCC Operational Manual prohibiting ethics advice and support are invalid

c.    IEEE Members should be treated as engineer professionals, not as employed workers

d.   Member discipline cases handled not too heavy to prevent giving advice and support

e.    The SSIT, through its BARUS awards, has supported more members than the MCC/EMCC have

f.     Board Directors fiduciary duty requires benefiting members over outside interests

g.   EMCC to be de-centralized into the Regions

h.   EMCC reports to be more frequent and made public to members

i.      SSIT should perform a Watchdog function on the EMCC

j.      Ethics HOTLINE should be re-activated

k.    Board and Committee work to be made public to members

B. WELCOME TO IEHR PART 2

"To the fullest extent possible, it is my intent to use IEEE approved policy statement first, to update the IEHR's Part 2. Where this material is not possible to be obtained or approved for use, as some Board/ExCom decisions made may still be considered IEEE PROPRIETARY, in these circumstances, material from 1st and 2nd hand witnesses and/or published papers will be relied upon instead."

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ABOUT THE EDITORː

DEDICATED TO ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALISM FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS, DRIVEN BY THIS EXPERIENCEː

IEEE 1974 SOUTHEASTCON PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES SESSION; IEEE'S FIRST

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MY NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING BIOGRAPHY

MY IEEE AND INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE IN PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICS ACTIVITIES 1957-2000

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