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 to accomplish their missions…. it is worthwhile to note that Alex Younger, head of UK’s MI6 agency (which of course does not exist), indicates Bond’s personality and activities do not meet their ethical standards.
“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.“
A number of technologists are called upon to support covert, military or police organizations in their countries. 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.