Fog Creek Takes An Ethical Approach To Software Bugs

Fog Creek Takes An Ethical Approach To Software Bugs

Fog Creek software just released a new bug tracking product called Manuscript. It is similar to Atlassian’s Jira or others currently on the market, but approaches the bugs from an ethical point of view. The company’s CEO Anil Dash said in a recent interview, “The programmers at Volkswagen who designed the software that allowed the company’s cars to fool emissions tests likely tracked and fixed the bugs in it, but they obviously weren’t thinking about the bigger ramifications of what they were doing. If technology is actually¬†negatively¬†affecting the air that we breathe, then maybe we need to think bigger about the way we craft software these days.”

Manuscript aims to produce “bigger picture” thinking by not just listing a bug, but how it impacts other things. It is meant to encourage ethical thinking by making developers accountable for the bugs and ramifications of not fixing them properly. It also permits developers to fix the little things that often don’t get flagged in today’s world. Fog Creek hopes this kind of thinking will make a safer experience for consumers.

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