Professionalism

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Professionalism

With fake news and emissions tests in the headlines the ethics of software development are being called into question. Software is increasingly affecting people's lives and, with the internet of things and driverless cars, it's no longer confined to the virtual world. Our industry is on the brink of challenges which will be very disruptive and very unpleasant and which will test us as we’ve never been challenged.

Doctors, lawyers, architects and engineers all face a similar challenge regarding the consequences of their actions and have professional certifications and codes of conduct.

In this session we will be discussing what it means to be a recognised professional and what steps, as industry, we can take to move in this direction. Join us at 6pm in FanDuel's offices in Glasgow to take part in the discussion.

Speakers

Heather Burns

Heather Burns is a digital law specialist in Glasgow, Scotland. She researches, writes, publishes, consults, and speaks extensively on internet laws and policies which affect the crafts of web design and development. She has been designing and developing web sites since 1997 and has been a professional web site designer since 2007. She holds a postgraduate certification in internet law and policy from the University of Strathclyde.

John D. McGonagle

John is commercial lawyer and senior associate at DLA Piper Scotland LLP in Edinburgh. John advises on a variety of issues relating to contracts of all types, IP, technology and data protection. He spent 2 years at PwC Legal in London, which involved delivering projects alongside tax and consultancy specialists from parent company PwC. He has spent periods on secondment at Bupa, BAE Regional Aircraft, RBS and Clydesdale Bank. He currently tutors Commercial Contracts and IP on the University of Strathclyde's Professional Legal Practice Diploma.

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