Bond Doesn’t Make the Ethics Cut

By on October 28th, 2016 in Ethics

For those of us who have been enjoying the antics of 007, aka James Bond — and those of us in the real world who have been providing technology that helps our covert entities accomplish their missions…. it is worth noting that Alex Younger, head of U.K.’s MI6 agency (which of course does not exist), indicates Bond’s personality and activities do not meet their ethical standards. (The “00” in 007 indicates the agent has a “license to kill” as needed.)

It’s safe to say that James Bond wouldn’t get through our recruitment process and, whilst we share his qualities of patriotism, energy and tenacity, an intelligence officer in the real MI6 has a high degree of emotional intelligence, values teamwork and always has respect for the law… unlike Mr Bond.

27 Oct 2016 U.K. Telegraph article

A number of technologists are called upon to support covert, military, or police organizations in their countries with technology that kills. There is some comfort in thinking that such entities, including MI6 (yes it is real), have some level of ethical standards they apply. Which does not exempt an individual from applying their own professional and other standards as well in their work.

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