Several years ago, a colleague told me an old war story about how he was asked to build a database of his colleague's notes from therapy sessions, so that their employers could secretly read them. I asked if he knew it was illegal, and he said yes. I asked if he refused the work, he said no. I asked if he told the authorities, he said no. He seemed to think this was all perfectly fine.
I still think about that conversation a lot.
@sir I think about this interview with the head of the DSM task force a lot. Ah, war stories...
@sir I've had similarly strange discussions with people going to work for defense companies after graduating. There really isn't enough emphasis on engineering ethics.
@sir Banality of evil. Sometimes people don't even try to think if something might be evil.
@sir The unwashed masses have forgotten or failed to learn that “I was just following orders” doesn’t tend to hold up as a criminal defense.
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